People bring me pictures all the time, the stats are amazing, everyone has a picture to be repaired
I like to bring the pictures here, cause I received different viewpoints, and that's how I learn for now...
How much do I charge to the clients? = 75% in knowledge, the rest? I let them pay the printing...
Can you help me, and tell me what can I do with this picture?
Thanks to all!
Last edited by arcadhia; 12-06-2005 at 09:44 PM.
Can't help you about the 'charging' part ... Ps is just a hobby for me, so, I haven't got a clue about prices .... As for the picture, here is what I manged to do ... (worked only on part of the girl's face) ....
I'll come back later with the description...
If only I had your talent... you never cease to amaze me. Especially as a hobby.
It depends I guess on how long you take to repair a photo. I know I'm not as speedy as some so I don't charge by the hour, I charge by the job. Not fair for my customers to pay more because I take a little longer. Plus, sometimes someone sends me a photo and I think won't take too long and then it ends up taking way longer than expected. All I make sure of is that after I take out taxes I'm making around what my husband makes at the least per hour so I can help pay the bills.
I'm climbing the learning curve, so I don't feel myself like a professional, so by now I will keep learning... what I was looking for is an 'ABC'... what would you do with this picture... at the end I will finish the picture myself...
Thanks to all...
and Wooow Flora! what a hobby!
Last edited by arcadhia; 12-06-2005 at 10:31 AM.
This was done with Dust and Scratches and a layer mask to mask the eyes and mouth etc.
For the eyes and mouth I used Floras Tutorial here.
I added noise to the jumper to give it texture and Sepia toned.
Is this the same Woman as in your last post?
Here's my ABC. I'll leave D-Z out, OK?
A) In the channel palette adjust each of the three channels using levels (<ctrl><L>) to get the best greyscale possible from each individually. Note which ones are good, and which ain't;
B) Add a Channel Mixer layer, select "Monochrome" and play with the mixture until you've got the best image. Put in more of the "good" channels and less (or, none) of the bad one's. Here I used Red 50%, Green 50%, Blue 0%. (Often a mix of 70/70/-40 looks better - but not in this case.)
C) Go through the FFT technique to take out the paper texture.
This is what I got.......just the ABC!
From here on I'd replace the background, and repaint the dress from scratch.
Actually the image has one good point. The eyes (nose and mouth too) have been pretty much conserved. Seeing as they are very important in a portrait you can still make a good image out of this......as Flora has shown us!
I think this is a brilliant way of displaying Before/After Pictures. When I eventually get round to some web pages I will do my pictures like this.
Vikki is running a poll
How do you like to view "before & after" images?
This option is not included. But if it were I would definitely vote for this method.
thank you so much for your comments!!!!
And here is what I did:
* I started with Rô's perfect ABC ...
* Dragged the FFT corrected copy on top of my 'original' working copy and set its Blending to Luminosity to get the colour back.
* To remove/minimize the scratches, working on strongly magnified sections, I started with 'my' blank Layers collection by creating the first one (mode>Normal) and used the Heal Brush set to Replace and Normal (make sure you have the 'Sample All Layers' box checked) on it ....
* I continued with several blank Layers set to Lighten, Darken, Soft Light and Overlay to lighten darker spots, darken contours and faded details, enhancing shadows and highlights in order to keep a 3D feeling. (I always keep the original open for comparison in case I get carried away ....
* Used Neat Image to smoothen the skin.
* Used Brightness&Contrast to brighten up the image a bit.
* Used USM for sharpening.
That's all ...
If you haven't seen it yet, I explained 'my blank layers' technique here but you could also have a look at the 'heyrad technique' described here... I've bee reading about it only this morning and haven't tried it yet ... but it surely sounds very, very interesting!!!!
Hope this helps .... and you know where to find me should you have more questions ...
Last edited by Flora; 12-07-2005 at 05:39 AM.
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