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Old 04-14-2004, 06:17 AM
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Hi Ray,

Thank you for your feedback ..... very glad you liked it!!!


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How long did it take you?
when it comes to Photoshop, this question is one of the most difficult for me .... meaning,
  • I'm a slow worker.
  • I rarely complete a restoration in one go.
  • Photoshop is a hobby for me, so I never check how much time I spend 'working' with it.
  • Often I get 'lost' in complex procedures only to realize, at the end, that I could've got the same result in just two steps, using a much more obvious and simple technique...

In other words .... I know I spent a lot of time on your picture but I can't exactly 'quantify' it.

Since I've been asked this question very often, in future, I'll try to keep track of the time I spend on each picture.

As for your 'how' question .... Yes!! I use a loooooot of 'Layer via Copy' to replace large damaged areas.... My usage of the 'Clone Tool' is limited to small parts because, in my opinion, indipendently on how careful you are, large cloned patches tend to look like 'large cloned patches' making an otherwise accurate work look kind of sloppy....

Mind you .... you have to be very careful using the Layer via Copy technique as well which should be adjusted for: exposure, tone, contrast, colour, consistency, perspective ....you name it...

Yes! .... I usually end up with huge 'single' files containing many, many Layers....

Talking about Layers .... often, during a restoration job, you need to 'Merge' all you have done to proceed with your next step.

... There is a very easy way to do this, without having to 'Flatten' the image, save it and re-start with yet another file ....

During your restoration work, whenever you reach a point that satisfies you, do the following:
  • Create a new empty Layer on top of all the others.
  • Open your Layers Palette's Menu and, keeping the Alt key pressed, click on 'Merge Visible'.
A new Layer containing all your corrections will be created on top of all the other Layers containing each single step you took before. ....
This procedure enables you to carry on with your restoration without losing any of the previous steps/Layers... thus giving you the possibility to retrace your steps and making changes wherever necessary.... even after you've 'finished' the job....

Finally, from personal experience, Save your work very often ..... power failures or a mysterious 'Program Error' can wipe your long 'labour' in a second!!!!

Hope this could help .... and don't hesitate to contact me should you have more questions....

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Old 04-21-2004, 06:23 AM
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During your restoration work, whenever you reach a point that satisfies you, do the following:
  • Create a new empty Layer on top of all the others.
  • Open your Layers Palette's Menu and, keeping the Alt key pressed, click on 'Merge Visible'.
A new Layer containing all your corrections will be created on top of all the other Layers containing each single step you took before. ....
This procedure enables you to carry on with your restoration without losing any of the previous steps/Layers... thus giving you the possibility to retrace your steps and making changes wherever necessary.... even after you've 'finished' the job....
Whoa! I love this tip!! You mentioned it before but I didn't understand how to do it. I just tried it following your instructions and it works great! Thank you!
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Old 04-22-2004, 07:52 AM
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Hi Bonnie,

So glad you found the tip useful!!!

I use it so much myself that I wrote an Action for it .... chose a Function Key for it ... so, now, i just press that 'hot' key on my keyboard ... and it's done!
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Old 04-22-2004, 12:31 PM
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Thank you! I know I will be using it often as well.
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