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Gangstaz - Restore
I have a full JPG image file available
This is my first attempt at this, still trying to work out the clone,patch tool,contrast among others things.
open image and select rectangular marquee tool, make a small selection where it as good contrast.
Then click on Create new fill or adjustment layer, Curves,Options click on Enhance monochromatic Contrast, click okay.
Select Brush and brush over remaining photo.
Great Job! .... Not an easy picture to work on ...
You've said it all about the problems of this picture!!!!
I had a go at it .... not really happy with the result but here is what I did:
I am impressed with both examples submitted! sorry for my delay, got a bit sidetracked.
Romany, I thought you did a fine job on this difficult piece, and not just for your first attempt! I wasn't able to get any more out of the image than you were... maybe less... Like flora said... I am not happy but that's the best I can do with it.
Flora, your example has a lot more clarity than mine. I was always working against "too soft - no detail" or "more detail - too sharp" I really like the balance you achieved.
I tried this photo in a number of ways.
1. I converted it to B&W using the Hue and Saturation layer method.
2. did no USM heavily then used dust and scratches and tidious hand word to remove the remaining imperfections.
3. No USM (I think the image lacked sharp focus to begin with) then worked on the over blown areas and scratches.
My method of adjusting the dark and light areas is different than what you both used:
I create a 2 layers from the background layer. I turn off the background and turn off the top layer. I adjust copy 1 using the curves adjustment under image adjust. I only concentrate on the area I want to change. then I turn on copy 2 layer, create a mask and paint that layer to gain the exposure I am after. Kinda like a crude "dodge and burn". I use gaussian blur on the mask to soften the blending and use varying degrees of opacity will painting. If I don't like something, I reverse the foreground color to white and repaint the area. this removes, depending again on opacity, the brush strokes I had just laid down. I do this tow or three times on an image like this to work in the light areas - then work in the dark areas. I lock and merge creating a snapshot at each stage.
I don't have a arsenal of filters and actions - but judging the results, I will go shopping at the action links provided! thanks for the tips! and the different method explanations.
Were those finger prints difficult on that guys face or what!!!
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