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Old 06-23-2004, 03:42 AM
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My first attempt

For my grandpa's birthday I decided to have a go at restoring an old photo of my grandma (deceased). This is my first go at this and I dont have any special tools or anything, just a plain old PC and mouse - I'd really appreciate some feedback. thanks
The picture can be seen here: http://hazelryan.co.uk/
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Old 06-23-2004, 05:20 AM
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Hi,

Your efforts are wonderful, I'm amazed that it is your first attempt.
I like the colors because they are rich and natural.

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Old 06-23-2004, 06:29 AM
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In general it's very good, especially for a first attempt. Looks like you may have a gift for this! You could go for a little more variation in skin tone, and maybe a little colour in her cheeks (not too much, obviously) -- she looks a bit washed out at the moment. Also, for me the hair is a little too monochrome -- but that may just be the colour her hair was, so it's an observation rather than a criticism.
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Old 06-23-2004, 07:15 AM
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In our family we are not blessed in the hair department Obviously I dont remember my grandma ever having colour in her hair but I've based the colour on my natural colour (underneath all the dye) and my mothers. Unfortunately we all have that mousy not quite red enough to be brown and not quite bright enough to be blonde colour - though a little artistic liscense probably wouldnt be a bad thing for the picture.
I didnt want to put too much colour in her cheeks as she's obviously not wearing makeup - the picture was taken in 1934 making her around about 12-14 in age (cant remember exactly what year she was born)
I will have another go at bringing out of facial features some more and adding some highlights to her hair - thanks for the advice
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Old 06-23-2004, 07:29 AM
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Ok, had another go at bringing some more colour into her face and hair ...and attaching pictures to posts
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Old 06-23-2004, 08:09 AM
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A lot of people tend to overdo photo manipulation. Second effort is far enough, in my opinion. It's an old photo, it should look like one, just perked up a bit. Good work!
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Old 06-23-2004, 09:24 AM
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I agree, the second one is far enough and, I think, a "printer". That's what I was trying to get at - not enough colour to make her look made-up, but in the first one she looked (a bit) as though she was feeling ill -- just a little healthful bloom required!
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Old 06-23-2004, 09:35 AM
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One thing you might consider (or summarily dismiss) is modifying the background. I think it might help if the vertical lines are truly vertical. Or, if you're so inclined. you may wish to substitute another unobtrusive background for the one that's there.

Your call, of course.

But you've done a great job with this photo!
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Old 06-23-2004, 09:37 AM
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Good work Nancy. The skin seems to have a high percentage of Cyan. You may want to try and reduce it and see what you get.

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Old 06-23-2004, 11:13 AM
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Quite the reverse in fact Duv, when I did the curves for the base skin colour I reduced the cyan and increased the magenta and yellow before doing more skin tones with red and yellow layers
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