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Old 08-13-2002, 08:04 AM
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Hello everyone! I've been gone for sometime, but now I'm back. Although I haven't posted anything, I have been reading your posts.

I'm having a terrible time with this image and could use some suggestions. I just can't seem to get the face right and the racoon eyes are driving me crazy. I've gone to channels and don't see any difference in any of them, but then again I have always had I hard time with that. I think this would be a good challenge photo someday. The cracks and missing pieces are not really a problem, but the the face always comes out looking like an alien when I reduce all the dark shadows. I have never had such I had time with an image before. I am truly stumped!
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Old 08-13-2002, 08:50 AM
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Just a suggestion...this might be one of those photos to which you dont want to make any changes other than repair the damage...the shadows, in my humble opinion, should be left as is to preserve the feel and over all visual tone of the photo.
As this seems to be a casual snapshot. Trying to turn it into a studio quality piece probably isnt going to work and it will loose its charm in the process...just my opinion though. Tom
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Old 08-13-2002, 11:43 AM
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Thanks Tom. I agree with you - to a certain extent. I would be happy just to reduce the racoon eyes, to bring out the eyes a bit and the 5 o'clock shadow.

But maybe you're right - "less is more."
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Old 08-13-2002, 03:27 PM
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Hi Anthony,

I don't know if this is what you're after, but did you try to duplicate the background layer, use screen blending mode, make layer mask and fill with black? You could then paint with white (soft brush, and maybe 10% - 15% opacity) on the area of the eyes to try to lighten them up a little. Just a thought.

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Old 08-13-2002, 09:47 PM
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It's not a quick, easy fix - but this doesn't look like a candidate for a quick, easy fix...

I did some airbrushing...

(there's a tutorial for it)

I got a pretty pixely image, so it's a really dirty job. Sorry I couldn't be of more help, but that was the only thing I could think of to do to it...
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Old 08-13-2002, 10:28 PM
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I approached it by adding a layer, filling layer with 50% gray, and setting blend mode to overlay. Then when you paint black it darkens the image, paint white it lightens. So for this I basically set the paintbrush to white with a low opacity. I started with a brush size just barely bigger than the dark circles around the eyes, then went to gradually smaller brushes. Finally I hit the X key to switch to black and started on pupils and painted back in, again with gradually larger brushes (Just for pupils and irises, though, and to cleanup details like eyebrows, etc.)

Time, about 2 minutes.
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Old 08-13-2002, 10:37 PM
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I don't have time to fix it but I'll critique the efforts.
Jaks image changes her to a different person.
Dougs, while might be good, is too small to see.
greg
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Old 08-14-2002, 12:21 AM
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I used the technique Mike (I think?) posted somewhere else today. I made a quick selection around the dark areas of the eyes. Changed to QuickMask mode and blurred the edges of the selection. Then back to Standard Mode and copied the selection to a new layer. Changed the layer to Screen mode and set opacity at 50%. It looks like there's some damage to the right eye, but I didn't take the time to fix that.

Jeanie
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Old 08-14-2002, 03:42 AM
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OOoops did I post in the wrong part of the forum or another similiar thread? I have a feeling I have got a posting wrong somewhere sure I meant to reply to this
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Old 08-14-2002, 06:04 AM
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Doug, that's an elegant solution. This approach is much better than what I had in mind which was dodge and burn. I guess I am still thinking the old fashioned way.
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