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Old 07-15-2004, 11:48 PM
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Totally "green"

Very new to photoshop and still don't understand all the program features. I am very interested in learning and hope to become as professional as you all.
Please tell me what you think, what I did wrong and how to improve my work.
Try to be as thorough as you can since sometimes It is hard for me to understand all the instructions. (Hope I uploaded everything right)
Thanks for all.....
By the way I must let you know the original was about 1 in. high and 3/4 of an inch wide
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Old 07-16-2004, 01:10 AM
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Is this image important to you for any reason, or is this a commission on someone else's behalf.
If not, then working from an original that is 1" x 3/4" is never going to give you great results. Always try to work from the best original that you can.
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Old 07-16-2004, 04:26 AM
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Good morning Gary!

What I miss about your retouched image is the detail. Maybe you can adjust contrast etc. to bring them back in a bit?

In case you can't do anything to fix it, try the following: Make a new layer mode normal, paint in some details with a tiny brush. When done look at it and adjust the reworked parts with an eraser set to max. 3% opacity. That always helps me making my painted parts become less artificial.

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Old 07-16-2004, 10:03 AM
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Thanks Gary, Thanks Patrick:

This is a picture of a great grand aunt of mine who was born around 1892. The picture was taken when she was about 10 years old for her school report (that is why the original is so tiny). I did it on her daughter's request, a very dear second aunt of mine, because it is the only picture she has of her mother as a child...and if it is important to her, it is important to me. Also I took it as a challenge. It is the second restoration I've done. I scanned it to a size of 8x5 with a 150 resolution, used a b&w filter, sharpened the eyes, nose and mouth, used the clone and heal tools, and then fooled around with the backround and the frame mat. Used the variations tool for the sepia tone. But couldn't figure out how to bring out the detail more or make it a litlle less blurry. And the thing is that I have a lot of old family pictures and negatives waiting. I am doing this just for the love of family, heirlooms and tradition, for now. I still wouldn't dare to go commercial or for someone who is not family. Thanks for all the feedback you can give me.

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Old 08-10-2004, 05:43 PM
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Hi guys, It´s me again:

I'm sorry I haven't worked in this for a while...but I am back...PLEASE I need some feedback... you ask where is the detail...the original had none, Please be more specific as to what do you mean by detail...Is it detail on the dress, on the face, on the hair or overall. I don't know how to apply detail. I've tried overlaping parts of a dress from another picture, but It looks weird. Please help me and teach me.


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Old 08-10-2004, 07:47 PM
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mmmm I just checked and my last post didn't show like a new post....what am I doing wrong....Pease take a look at my last 2 comments in this thread.
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Old 08-11-2004, 01:39 AM
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Hi Mosha,

I'm sorry this picture is important to you, because there really is'nt too much you can do to really improve it. Because the original is so small, there is no real image detail there. Even if you were to scan at a higher setting it would not improve things greatly. I am presuming of course that the original is a photo, if the original is a slide or negative, then try scanning it at a much higher setting, there may be detail there not visible at the scan rate you used.

By detail I mean texture in the skin and clothing, fine facial details, in short all the visual clues that make a photo look natural.
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Old 08-11-2004, 03:43 AM
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Hi again

You might also try the following:

When I do an old and worn image I do not just adjust the image and go from there but keep the original layer and make several copies with varios brightness and contrast settings. A picture might look weird and underexposed if you turn the brightness down too much, but could bring in some detail you lose when setting it up "correctly". So having a seperate layer with the detail and then just using the detail to paint over the underlying layer could be an attempt. Man is that hard to explain

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Old 08-11-2004, 04:16 AM
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Any photo really needs to be scanned at a minimum of 300dpi. If you can scan again at this resolution and post the image we would be able to offer a lot more help.

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Old 08-11-2004, 06:57 AM
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Hi everybody,

...not really sure if I can post images here ... ....

I just wanted to help Mosha with her doubts about details in a picture...

This particular picture, for all the reasons already explained, has painfully very few .... You could try to enhance the very little there by having a look at this tutorial... and, even though it's not satisfactory at all, here is what I came up with trying to improve your picture....

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