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Old 04-30-2005, 08:59 AM
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Nice one Phil, an elegant solution, and great results.
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Old 04-30-2005, 11:44 AM
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deadants, Gary, Phil,

great jobs!!!

I'm posting mine only because I used another way ....

For the spots: PS Dust&Scratches:
  • Select the damaged channel Ctrl+A
  • Ctrl+C copy it,
  • Back to the layers, Ctrl+V paste as top layer ...
  • Ctrl+J duplicate it
  • Run the D&S Filter on the duplicate and add a Hide All Layer mask...
  • Working on the mask, with a soft white brush paint over the spots to correct/remove them ....
Like Gary said, the important is to keep the texture to prevent the unnatural 'plastic' look, so, tweak the D&S settings .... increase the Radius until the spots have disappeared .... (the details of your picture will look blurred beyond recognition) .... then, increase the treshold until you get your texture back but not the spots .... For this picture I used:
11 pixels Radius
15 Pixels Treshold
and, as you can see, the spots are gone, but the texture is still there ....

For the discoloration, like Phil says, being it very limited, I just created a new blank layer (blending=Color) and, sampling from surrounding areas, I just painted on the discolorations with a soft brush (Opacity 40-60%)
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Old 04-30-2005, 02:33 PM
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here's a simple technique in paint shop pro. use the 'retouch' tool, which includes things like 'smudge', 'push', 'dodge' and so on, and pick the 'saturation down' mode. simply brush over all her dress area that is stained. nicely, this brings the color to a level very closely matching the color of her dress. for her neck area, i'd simply use a medium opacity clone and work it to a natural look. then, using clone also, take out the whitish areas dividing the old stain mark and no stain mark. simple. touch up any other areas as needed.

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