The pictures you posted were actually restored by Walmart? Or were those the originals that you sent in?
Cuz if those are the restored versions, I feel a lot better about Walmart doing restorals
-converted to black & white through LAB
-cleaned up some with clone and healing brushes
-resized image, was working on pixel blocks instead of image detail
-added noise (gausian) to break up gloppiness (new word) in image, also gave it a feeling of more detail
-more clean up
-used clone to paint in face features, find a tone you like for the source and turn off aligned, then clone in little bits (tiny brush strokes of high opacity) of that tone to build image
-duplicated layer and blurred background a little, protected man from blurring with mask
-then adjusted tones with attached curve adjustments
The first image is the befare after Lab conversion to Black and white
The second image is repair work before curve adjustments
The third is the curve adjustment layers
The above work is probably not done in ecactly that order, I do as I see what to do, but it will give you a good idea as to the thought process
Hope this helps - any questions fire away!
thank you so much for your explanation!!!
Adding noise.... Hating the unreal smooth, plastic look, I add noise to nearly every correction step I take in a restoration .... but it never occurred to me to do it here ..... I've just learned something new .... Thanks again!
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