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Old 02-28-2006, 10:07 PM
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1st photo repair/colorization critique

hi all -- this is my first ever attempt at fixing a scratch in an old photo and colorizing -- how did i do?

everything that i did in this photo i learned from the fantastic RetouchPRO threads -- so thanks to everyone who contributed to my learning!

i am forever greatful!!

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Old 03-01-2006, 01:23 AM
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Desaturate a little colors. Hear and eyes especially. I never seen eye-color like this. Underline the left cheek bone. Other is ok. Regards for your first colorizing.
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Old 03-01-2006, 05:36 AM
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First, let me say welcome to both of you if I haven't already done that. I agree with asterix about the color, *especially* the eyes. The vignette is a nice touch.

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Old 03-01-2006, 05:53 AM
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Very good work, especially for a first attempt.
I think the saturation is fine, although the eye colour is an unusual shade (for a human being anyway). Looking at the original I would have guessed a pale blue eye colour, or if you're happy with the green, I would use a different shade - less yellow.
I dont like the vignette on such a tightly cropped picture. Perhaps consider extending the canvas slightly so the vignette takes away less of the picture.
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Old 03-01-2006, 06:28 AM
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First Retouch

Very Good Retouch. I made some changes. I varied the luminosity on the right side of her face to reveal some contours (I wish I could draw better). I also decreased the yellow tint to her skin.

Minor corrections on a very good restore
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Old 03-01-2006, 07:36 AM
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thank you all for the kind words - i fixed the eye color (i hope) and tried to tone down the yellow skin (although it's not as yellow on my screen), so i hope i didn't make it worse -- on my screen it gives her a little more contour. i also extended the vignette a little bit.

thank you all again. this is a gift for my mother-in-law, and i know she'll love it (she wanted me to add the color).

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Old 03-01-2006, 01:26 PM
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very nice clean up. professional. i wouldnt worry too much about the green eyes. i dated a woman once who had one green and one brown eye and the green was very close to that. she was always a bit self-conscious about it and ended up wearing colored contacts to correct it, but i always found it a bit fascinating.

i do like that you brought her forward more in the 2nd rendition, but i do believe she could stand a touch more color in her cheeks. not saturation, but color.

other than that, i think it's a marvelous job and reminds me of those 30's studio hand coloring jobs, which your mother-in-law would probably appreciate.

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Old 03-01-2006, 02:30 PM
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thanks kraellin -- this has been a lot of fun to work on so i appreciate your comments.

i'm having trouble making the cheek color look "natural" -- but i did add some more color - although i'm not sure it made all that much difference.

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Old 03-01-2006, 03:49 PM
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you're welcome.

but what i was talking about was adding more color overall. the original shows a fairly pasty image. there is some shading, but not really enough. and whereas i've just had a rather lengthy discussion with nancyj about 'pale', i'd add a bit more color if for no other reason than to give the image a bit more depth and contrast.

i worked on one of yours and attached it. i'm not a great colorizer and others could do this better, but it shld give enough of an impression to see what i mean.

but, in all such matters, the real question is, what does the client want? so, if you are the client and you like yours better, then you've done great!

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Old 03-01-2006, 03:51 PM
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Perhaps consider extending the canvas slightly so the vignette takes away less of the picture.
Yes! The picture is tightly cropped, probably in the camera. Extending the canvas should help a lot.

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