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Old 04-15-2005, 05:25 PM
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Arrow Reflection removal?

Hi there, I am new to RP here, but I have looked around a lot and am very impressed with what I see. I concider myself very good with Photoshop, but I do have a question now that I wouldn't ask unless I really didn't think I couldn't do.

Basically I need the reflection on this image removed or reduced if possible. the story behind this is that my stepmom made this photo collage and it was sold in a school auction for over $1000. The family that bought it recently had their house burn down and they lost everything! This photo was the only thing they had left of this collage and it was scanned in and emailed to me asking me to retouch it. It seems to me that the glare cannot be removed because what is behind it must be created and you can't just create those images without some sort of reference, but I hope I'm wrong.

So if anyone is up for this, it would be greatly appreciated by me and this family!!

here's the image: http://chrisbarr.wazatrain.com/FCDS_Print.jpg
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Old 04-16-2005, 02:48 AM
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Hi, had a quick go with your image. It's really too small to bring out all the detail you might want.

I started by making a selection round the flash area, copied and pasted it to a new layer, then applied levels, to bring the outer areas of the patch close to those of the image.

Repeated this, working inwards from the edge.

When I'd done as much as possible, I ran a selection round the RHS of the woman in the picture, then copied, pasted and reflected her, and moved patch to make LHS of the picture.

Lastly, cloned out remaining blown out areas.

Not great, but gives you a possible way to go.
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Old 04-17-2005, 04:07 PM
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Wow, that looks really great man, thanks! Your process seems simple enough, maybe I should have actually tried to do something with it before coming here, oh well.

Is that a full quality version that you posted, or did you have to compress it to upload it on here?
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Old 04-18-2005, 01:30 AM
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I had to compress it a little, the post limit here is 100K, and the restored file's about 400K, but it hasn't made any really substantive difference to the image. The original file was a bit small to get a really good blow up.

If you have a larger file, you should be able to get better results.
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Old 04-18-2005, 03:48 PM
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Hi barr104,

Welcome to RP!

Nothing much here too, I just copied>flipped>and pasted the girl in the small top frame as there weren't any details left under the glare in that position ...

Tried to match colour, tone and contrast with the rest of the picture....

Great job, Gary!
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Old 04-18-2005, 05:04 PM
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Hi There,

I am new as well. What a great place to compare notes.

I always find glare a problem. If there is nothing there - you have to create something to be able to manuveur it.

I used some of my Photoshop Elements tools to copy, clone, burn, and blend. Then I refined with evening color levels and hues and sharpness.

I hope this helps some.

Tony Franza

Last edited by Tony Franza; 04-18-2005 at 05:22 PM. Reason: viewable photo
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Old 04-18-2005, 05:17 PM
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Hope this thumbnail opens...
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Old 04-19-2005, 01:23 AM
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Thanks Flora for your kind comments.

I'm afraid I did a bit of a rush job on it, so there's quite a few things that could be improved on. Your lady in the picture is better aligned than mine for one. I like your rendition a lot, but then I like most of your work.

Hi Tony Franza, welcome to RP, nice work, look forward to seeing more posts from you in the future.
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Old 04-19-2005, 05:52 PM
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Thanks Gary!

Hi Tony Franza,

Welcome to RP!

Your attachment is absolutely fine! ... and great job there!!!
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Old 04-20-2005, 10:55 AM
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Thumbs down

Thanks Flora,

I am thrilled I found this site and look forward to sharing and learning!
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