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Old 01-20-2005, 08:03 AM
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I've been a RP member for a little while and have used information and tutorials that have been a tremendous help. Thanks to all of you for this resource. I have been restoring photos for friends as a hobby and love doing it. I first used Katrin Eismann's book and completed many of her tutorials, but this photo is a little much for me. It is about 55 or 60 years old and I know the little girls dress is pink with white lace trim. The stains are extensive and I'm not sure how to start with this one. Thanks ahead of time for any help you can offer. Poppi
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Old 01-20-2005, 08:08 AM
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Ohhhhh FLORA !!!!!!!!!!! Where art thou !!!!!!!
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Old 01-20-2005, 09:29 AM
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I know the little girls dress is pink with white lace trim.
You mention "pink," so is your intent to colorize this after the damage is repaired?
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Old 01-20-2005, 09:44 AM
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Just a quick attempt, I'm glad you won't have to deal with that much artifacting...

I ran the image through Neat Image a couple of times (had to go a little heavy handed to reduce the appearance of the jpeg artifacts).
Cloned and healed the damage on her dress.
Curves and levels to bring out the detail.
Colorized the image (I couldn't see the lace trim on the dress, with the original, it should be possible) for info on my colorizing method (and to see a better example of the method) view my submission for retouching challenge #24.

I only spent 5 minutes on it, but it could look really good if you took some time.

Michael
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Old 01-20-2005, 10:39 AM
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Hi Poppy, Had a quick play with your image. Basically I ran Polaroid Dust and Scratch Filter, then cloned out remaining defects, then colourised, thne ran Neat Image to reduce noise.
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Old 01-20-2005, 11:16 AM
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Thanks for the help... I do appreciate it. I will try your suggestions on the original, which is 11.2 MB of info so a lot more data to work with for sure. The collar is actually white lace, and I do want to put some of the color back into the picture. You are all awesome... thanks again! Poppi
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Old 01-21-2005, 08:34 AM
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Hi everybody,

Great Jobs!!!!

Michael,

I would go very, very easy in desaturating eyes but particularly teeth... they just tend to look grey and darker!!!!

Poppi,

Welcome to RP!

I was very curious to see the lace trim as apparently there was none to be seen ... But yep... you were right ... it was there alright ... a nice lace collar!

To bring that out I did the following:

1) Duplicated the Background and changed the duplicate into LAB.
2) Copied the LAB Lightness Channel, pasted it on top of my RGB background and worked on that.
3) Run byRo excellent JPEG Clean-up action (can be downloaded here, from our new Resources Section).
4) Created a Luminosity Mask (the action I wrote for it can be downloaded here)
5) Working on the Luminosity Mask, I run the Curves (Method 1) as described in this Tutorial, to bring out more details .... That's when I saw the lace collar and that the dress and socks were pink....
6) Like Gary, I used the polaroid Dust&Scratches Filter (can be downloaded free here) to remove dark and light dust.
7) I used the Blur Tool (Normal, Opacity 40-50%) to further smoothen the girl's skin.
8) I colorized the picture (nothing to write home about.... )
9) Finally I created a few blank Layers (settings Overlay, Soft Light and Screen) and with a soft Black/White brush I selectively painted over areas I wanted to lighten, darken. emphasize.
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Old 01-21-2005, 08:45 AM
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^ There she is !!!
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Old 01-21-2005, 09:05 AM
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^ There she is !!!


Thanks!!!
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Old 01-21-2005, 09:24 AM
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I know, I know...I actually didn't desaturate them, I just didn't get around to doing them, that's what I get for posting something I did in a hurry as an example. (And why I sent you to a better example).

Take care,

Michael

PS Beautiful as always Flora.
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