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Old 07-29-2007, 12:24 PM
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Re: Lighting

Hi Charlene

Just wondering if a little smudging would help your version? I took your good work and just added a little smudge and a small amount of PWL.

Butch
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Old 07-29-2007, 02:33 PM
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Re: Lighting

I selectively darkened the left hand side area & spent some time on the baby’s face.
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Old 07-29-2007, 02:59 PM
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Re: Lighting

Hi Charlene.... the first thing I did was a slight levels adj. then, I darkened the blue channel to bring out some detail in the little guy's outfit....

Then I used the channel mixer set to monochrome and began healing using the healing brush set to pattern in screen mode.... went crazy with that actually....

The little boy's face needed darkening but most of all needed contouring .... just guessed about that.....

I added film grain to gloss over the imperfections and then added the color to get the feeling back....

This was fun!

Beth
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Old 07-29-2007, 03:36 PM
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Re: Lighting

You suggested changing the background, MJ, which I thought might be a good idea in this case. For your consideration, I went ahead and tried a classic painted background that I often adapt to portraits such as this. I also did some additional detail retouching.
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Old 07-29-2007, 06:02 PM
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Re: Lighting

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Then I used the channel mixer set to monochrome and began healing using the healing brush set to pattern in screen mode.... went crazy with that actually....
Beth could you expand on that idea a little? It sounds like a spiffy idea that might be very useful.

I am absolutely gobsmacked by the talent and ability flying around here and I am learning from all of you. Lon I'm going to steal your background I semi-replaced the original in mine but yours is better.

Something is wrong with Grandma's face but I can't seem to fix it. I think I took out too much of the shadow and contrast. Suggestions?

MJ

Just got a look at the uploaded photo and it looks really bad. Honest it isn't!
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Old 07-29-2007, 08:31 PM
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Re: Lighting

Hi MJ.....

Before you do anything with your picture, you need to create the pattern for the healing brush:

File > New
64 x 64 pixels large
Edit > Fill > 50% Gray
Filter > Artistic > Film Grain
Grain Setting of 1
Highlight 0
Intensity of 5
Select > All
Edit > Define Pattern (like, um... 'skin')

Now, open your photo

Ctrl J to duplicate layer

Activate the Healing Brush and set the Source to Pattern
and choose the Screen Blending Mode (brush) and select the film grain pattern you just created.

Use a large brush and paint over all the skin (or anything else).... overdo it. Reduce layer opacity to apprx. 75%.

Ctrl J this retouched layer, change Healing Brush to Multiply Blend mode and use the same pattern to refine the areas....

The following is the same picture I posted before without the color added.... I used this method on the background, too.

Beth
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Old 07-29-2007, 09:46 PM
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Re: Lighting

Beth!! I recognize the recipe!! It's Katrin Eismann's Barbie Skin!! I used that to help rebuild the baby's face on the tape side - along with grafts from his mom. I never thought of using it on everything. I shall give it a try. Thanks!

I'm not asking questions about the attached photo but I wanted y'all to see it because it's the reason why I'm so focused on bringing the old pictures back. I'm working at this one tonight. It was taken a year after the last one, same photographer, same side lighting It is the same mother and son (my dad and my grandmother) but the woman doesn't seem to be the same person. She's lost a ton of weight and looks gaunt and drawn. She died three years later when my dad was 7 years old. I never knew her and the photos are all I have of her.

Thank you, ALL of you, for your help.

Cheers,

MJ
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:13 PM
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Re: Lighting

Exactly, MJ...... I forgot to credit Katrin in this thread but I recently posted this method where I did credit her.... I always try to remember to do this with other people's methods..... you know, 'give credit where credit's due'.....

I just love the technique when I need to put some 'substance' into vacant areas....

The photos are great and I know they mean the world to you... thanks for letting us play!

Beth
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