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Old 07-06-2006, 01:03 PM
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Help with mum's childhood pics please!

Hi all,
Im a new member and dont know what I am doing yet Here's a picture of my mum and aunt in the 50's. I've tried fixing it, using stamping, history brush and levels, but I seem to lose all detail. Any tips would be welcome!
Thanks,
Fatima
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Old 07-06-2006, 02:24 PM
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Hi Fatima,

Welcome to RP.

Had a quick go with your picture. Hard to get much detail from the blown out areas with such a small picture.

Duplicated pic, set new layer to multiply, then reduced layer opacity.

New levels adj layer, adjusted contrast a little, then used a graduated mask (top to bottom) to even out exposure across image.

New layer and a lot of cloning and patching.

Finally used Neat Image to reduce noise a little.
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Old 07-06-2006, 06:05 PM
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G'day Fatima,
Have you still got the original photo? If so, based on what I see ( I may be wrong here), some of the blown out areas may have been caused by the scanner (ie: photo not completely flat against the glass causing the light to bounce off uneven areas around the creases) try rescanning it from different angles and (if you used a flatbed scanner) with something flat and heavy like a large book (Tolstoy's "War and Peace" works for me lol) weighting down the scanner cover, to get the best scan/s you can to work with.
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Old 07-06-2006, 09:00 PM
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Here's my two cents worth

Here is my quick effort for this great picture! I used a little of everything and not a whole lot of anything. Needs more work, but hope this is a start.
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Old 07-06-2006, 11:48 PM
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i didnt mean to do this much. i was only going to do a small amount for an example. i ended up doing most of the girls and around them. with a better crop it would make a good image.

this was my typical push/clone/airbrush on a blank layer with a lot of clarify and some brightness/contrast and curves thrown in.

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Old 07-07-2006, 10:00 AM
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Hi,


Fatima,


welcome to RP!!!

I also had a quick go at the girl on the left (my left) in your nice picture ... (actually I concentrated mostly on her face/head ..)

You don't say which version of Photoshop you are using ... (if Photoshop at all)...

Working with PS CS2, I used a Shadow/Highlight adjustment layer to bring out the details in the highlights,

Patch Tool and Heal Brush on the scratches and tears

Levels and Brightness/Contrast for the contrast.

Gary, Craig,

Great jobs!!
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Old 07-07-2006, 11:37 AM
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Gary, Craig,

Great jobs!!
Thanks Flora, I didn't think it was too bad, then you dashed my delusions by posting your picture, and I realised just how much extra detail could be found.

I'm currently creating a Flora shaped Voodoo doll into which I'm going to stick pins.
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Old 07-07-2006, 02:18 PM
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Oh my goodness!!

First of all thanks for the warm welcome.
Secondly, I CANNOT believe what you all have done with the pic! Gary, Craig and tomvason, you did a great job and thanks for the pointers about what you did. But Flora, OMG, I dont know what to say but that I salute you! I did NOT know there was so much detail in that picture!!! You did an awesome, awesome job!! Can I be your apprentice? :p I do have photoshop 7.0. I will be sure to work on all the tips and will post again when my masterpiece is ready
Thanks again everyone!
Fatima
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Old 07-07-2006, 08:58 PM
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Great job Flora!!!

Everyone did great work on that pic. However, I'm blown away by the work you did Flora! The work on that girls face is outstanding! I wish I could get to that level of skills with PS that you are at now! Nice, very nice.

Tom
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Old 07-07-2006, 11:16 PM
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Been rather absent lately, nice to be back.

Nice work all around on a very interesting photo.

Here's my effort. Went something like this....

- Inspected the histogram and decided that the red channel was too clipped, so with the channel mixer made a monochrome from 30% green and 70% blue;

- Looking for details 1: Duplicated layer, Image > Adjustments > Equalize, backed off opacity to around 15%;

- Looking for details 2: Duplicated layer, ran an "Adaptive Equalization" plug-in, set layer blending to hard light. Hide all mask, painted with soft brush where the details needed enhancing;

- Rotated the image to square up (I used Lens Correction in CS2, but you can rotate in PS7 too);

- Took Gary's tip (thank you ) and applied a levels adjustment to darken the lower part, masked with a top-bottom gradient;

- Cloned away the scratches. I like to clone inside the CS2 Vanishing Point tool because you have a preview before applying the patch;

- Saved, and opened the image in Painter. Cloned and using a bristle brush with a very low "Resat" did an airbrush / smudge paintjob to retouch the photo;

- Back to PS for finishing up;

- Added a wee touch of colour to break the greys.

(as always - took longer to write than to do)

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