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Old 02-26-2004, 05:23 PM
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Help with white splotches?

Hi Everyone!

Wondering the best way to go about cleaning up these white scratches, etc. I've tried the noise filter define selective, but it didn't help so much, painting over with the brush tool, the clone stamp, etc. It ended up looking very blotchy and I'm starting again from this point.

I plan to soften the skin with the gaussian blur but should I first get rid of the blotches?

I will appreciate any suggestions,

Diane
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Old 02-26-2004, 06:31 PM
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Hi Everyone!

Wondering the best way to go about cleaning up these white scratches, etc. I've tried the noise filter define selective, but it didn't help so much, painting over with the brush tool, the clone stamp, etc. It ended up looking very blotchy and I'm starting again from this point.

I plan to soften the skin with the gaussian blur but should I first get rid of the blotches?

I will appreciate any suggestions,

Diane
Real quick and dirty fixing with the healing brush. From there I would take the clone brush and clean up the edges.

Healing brush works really well with this type of damage because it blends better than the clone brush.

- Noel
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Old 02-26-2004, 09:20 PM
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Thanks, Noel!

I'd assumed the damage needed something stronger than the healing brush, but you were right...

Best regards,
Diane
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Old 02-26-2004, 09:47 PM
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This is a little trick I use to speed things along. It doesn't finish the job, but it breaks the back of the problem:
  1. Duplicate the bg image
  2. Run D/S on duplicate until spots are completely gone. Use high threshold, and don't worry about how the rest of the image looks
  3. Rename the bg layer so you can move it
  4. Move bg layer on top of the D/S layer
  5. Set blending mode of bg layer to Darken
  6. Apply a layer mask to the D/S layer to restore detail to the non-spotty areas
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Old 02-26-2004, 10:08 PM
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Have you checked out this tutorial?
You've got some work cut out for you though, with that hair!
http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=63
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Old 02-26-2004, 10:16 PM
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Thanks, Doug, this looks like a great little trick...

Best regards,
Diane


PS. Below I'm posting the actual original for anyone who is interested. I desaturated the color which got rid of the discoloration and some of the stains. Then I quick masked the background and used a gray-white marquis to fill in a new background. I also did some levels adjustments...
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Old 02-27-2004, 08:44 AM
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Hi Diane!

for the "cleaning up these white scratches" I did the following:
  • Duplicated the Background.
  • Run Filter>Other>Minimum (Radius=2).
  • Run Filter>Noise>D&S (adjusting Radius and Treshold until satisfied with the result).... (following part of Doug's great Tip!).
  • Added some noise.
  • Created a Layer Mask (Hide All).
  • Used a soft white brush to paint on the black mask for correcting the scratches.

Vikki,
thanks for an excellent Tutorial!!
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Old 02-27-2004, 09:39 AM
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Very nice Flora!
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Old 02-27-2004, 09:47 AM
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Hi Diane!

for the "cleaning up these white scratches" I did the following:
  • Duplicated the Background.
  • Run Filter>Other>Minimum (Radius=2).
  • Run Filter>Noise>D&S (adjusting Radius and Treshold until satisfied with the result).... (following part of Doug's great Tip!).
  • Added some noise.
  • Created a Layer Mask (Hide All).
  • Used a soft white brush to paint on the black mask for correcting the scratches.

Vikki,
thanks for an excellent Tutorial!!
Wow!! Excellent job! If people can't learn something around here, it's their own fault!

Ed
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Old 02-27-2004, 12:40 PM
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Flora,

Beautiful work, as always. Glad you're having a bit more time to spend at RP - it helps us all to see your work.

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If people can't learn something around here, it's their own fault!
You got that right, Ed! Doug's tip can really cut down the time involved, and Vikki's tutorial can help lots of newbies (and not-so-newbies) learn the power of layer masks, and beautiful work by Flora gives us all a goal to work towards.
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