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Old 12-27-2002, 01:25 PM
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Hi Everyone!

After checking with the moderator I am submitting this image which has given me unimaginable problems, particularly in remaining true to the face. The other parts of the image were manageable but the face is the problem. I use P-Shop 5.5 and can't use the "decrack" action in that version and I don't know if decracking would work here either. I am open to any and all suggestions and seek a learning experience here. Thank you very much for any assistance you can give me.

PS. My artistic inclination is to remain true to the original if that helps in any way. Thank you.

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Old 12-27-2002, 02:04 PM
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Pierre, you don't mention which techniques you have already attempted, other than not being able to run the decrack action, so I'll suggest a simple but effective technique using the Dust and Scratches filter and the History brush to replace the cracks with smoothed pixels taken from a snapshot.
See the tutorial below for details --->

Spotting tutorial (how to use D&S plus the History brush to smooth areas
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Old 12-27-2002, 03:09 PM
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Welcome aboard. I just wanted to let you know that you should be able to use the decrack action with 5.5. I used it on 5.0. If I'm not mistaken, there are two versions of the decrack action available, one for 5.x, and another for 6.0.

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Old 12-27-2002, 05:06 PM
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Hmmm, interesting

I tried one from here and my P-Shop said it wasn't compatible with my version. What is your recommendation and/or link? Thanks.
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Old 12-27-2002, 05:14 PM
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OK, I'll try that this evening if I can. I've used the following: clone, brush, airbrush, smudge, blur, burn & dodge, and the many color correcting tools, balance, replace, curves, histogram, channel mixing, channel masking and others I can't think of right now. I also took a book out from the library on makeup art to learn more about the shadow and highlight maps of the human face. A friend of mine is also a portrait artist of some prestiege and told me that portraits have to be one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish, as I am learning. I'm simply confounded by the fact that my results are completely flat and without the dimension that the original has. I'll get back to you after looking that tutorial over and thanks again, but still can't understand why I haven't had this much trouble in the past.
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Old 12-27-2002, 06:33 PM
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A search didn't find it, but it came from this site. I'll keep looking, and if I find it, I'll let you know.

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Old 12-27-2002, 06:41 PM
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That figures! Right after I said I couldn't find it, I did! It's the second post on this page.

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Old 12-27-2002, 06:53 PM
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CJ & Ed

Well I tried both the GB & the D&S filters and I don't get anything at all useable with "any" of the settings mentioned in the tutorial. However, it did seem to be in the right direction. I hope I'm not being a problem. Also, thanks Ed, i think that is the one I downloaded that last time but I'll go and give it a try right now, thanks again.
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Old 12-27-2002, 08:14 PM
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This is the decracked version

I used the action, this one did install thanks, and I also passed it an additional time at the 1.5 level. I do see differences now but this version shows most of the cracked areas remaining. The procedures seemed easy to follow and they're great tutorials and formats, but these cracks are incredibly overwhelming. In the text for the action it mentioned that hopefully the clone tool would not be necessary anymore at this point? Can you detect my current state of "flabbergastedness?"
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Old 12-27-2002, 08:16 PM
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Whoops!

Previewing doesn't hold the attachment?

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