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Old 08-16-2009, 06:13 PM
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This Photo Needs Work...

...and I've no idea where to do next. I've done a little, but I'm not sure what I can do about the tape. I've read the relevant thread, but I'm such a terrible beginner. I tried healing some of the tape away using the middle boy's shirt, but I'm not sure if that's a good idea. Also, I feel I could do something more with the colors, sharpening, and maybe contrast.

The boy on the far right was involved in a freak accident on his job, and he was killed. He was 33. I'd like to really do some great work on this photo for his mom, who is my aunt.

I'm going to do a more thorough search on the boards for what I can do, but I would really appreciate your tips and suggestions on what to do with this 31-year-old photo. I know a lot of you are really good at this, or at least WAY better than me.

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: I just checked the attachment. Is it too small to really see all its imperfections?
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Old 08-16-2009, 08:25 PM
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Re: This Photo Needs Work...

Lilith,
Welcome to RetouchPRO Hope you enjoy your stay here and make lots of friends. Poke around, ask questions, offer help, have fun!

If you use Photoshop you can post fairly large pictures which are under 100k using the save for web function in Photoshop as described here:
Size, Quality and/or Format your Attached Images.. (Click here)

If you want to post a larger resolution that is over 100K then you can host your image elsewhere and attach a link in the thread, but also please attach an under 100K version, (so the thread remains useful in the future, regardless of external links).
Other Hosts if you do not have your own site:
ImageVenue.com (3Meg max, free) pixentral.com (2Meg max, free) photobucket.com (1 Meg max free, 5 Meg PRO) mediafire.com (100 Meg per file, free)
Post a link in the thread to the site that is hosting the larger image.

You can also use these Free sites: (YouSendIt.com); (Podmailing.com);(Pando.com); (Sendspace.com) to send your original to your own email address, then open that email message, copy the link, and post that link in the thread.

Remember to attach a large and under 100K version in the thread (as you did) so the thread remains useful in the future, regardless of external links..
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:16 PM
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Re: This Photo Needs Work...

Thanks Baldy!

Here is the original.

Here is what I have done so far on the image.

Hopefully, that's better.
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:28 PM
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Re: This Photo Needs Work...

I applied fade correction which helped greatly.
Also the lower right section needs to be selected and aligned with rest of photo.
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:53 PM
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Re: This Photo Needs Work...

Thank you, aartist.

I didn't understand what "fade correction" was initially, but it's kinda self-explanatory...
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:19 AM
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Thank you, aartist.

I didn't understand what "fade correction" was initially, but it's kinda self-explanatory...
Probably using the history brush by first, selecting the undo state you would like to recover and using some low opacity or, after applying some change to the image hitting cmd/ctrl+shift+f and lowering the opacity from there.
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:09 AM
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Re: This Photo Needs Work...

Ah okay, I understand! Thanks for breaking that down for me.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:34 AM
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Re: This Photo Needs Work...

Hi Lilith

One option to trying to fix the whole photo is to crop everthing but the most important part of the picture, the faces.

I have done this on your photo to give you an example of what I mean.

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Old 08-17-2009, 12:04 PM
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Re: This Photo Needs Work...

Hi Lilith,

Welcome to RP.

Generally, cropping is a no-no for restoration work, but in this case I agree with CarolB that this particular photo and your intent make cropping a viable option, not only to speed the restoration/enhancement, but also to improve (IMO) the composition.

Good luck,
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:30 PM
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Re: This Photo Needs Work...

Thanks CarolB and LonK!

Both your corrections are great! I hadn't even thought about cropping for some reason. But, like I said before, the cropping that you both did looks really good. I think my aunt would really like either.

May I ask this as well: Did either of you do any more corrections? The cropped pictures look so much better, considering their original. If you did more corrections, what did you do?
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