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Old 02-04-2005, 06:23 PM
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Simply amazing Flora! Beautiful results as always!!

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Old 02-04-2005, 08:26 PM
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Man That is beautiful Flora, I am sure i would love to have how to make it like that, Wow your result is just amazing.
Make a little tutorial?
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Old 02-05-2005, 03:41 AM
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thank you so much for your kindness!!!


thank you for your kind words!!

...And here is what I did:

I work with PS CS, but for this restoration I didn't use any of the CS 'only' Tools.
As you can see from the Layers attachment, I use Layer masks a lot .... and I always adjust the Opacity of my corrections' Layers until I'm satisfied with the result.
I have attached a snapshot of all the layers I used for this restoration, so you can better follow the steps I took.
  • Cropped the picture
  • Duplicated background and run Levels on the duplicate to improve contrast lightly.
  • Used the curves to tone down the blown out (white) parts. (used the Layer Mask to show/hide the corrections ... see Layers attachment)
  • Merged visible (the action for merging 'visible' without losing the underlying 'steps' can be downloaded here.)
  • Created a luminosity Mask, copied to its own Layer and set the Blending to Multiply. (the action for creating a Luminosity Maks can be downloaded here.)
  • Duplicated the Luminosity Mask Layer and set its blending to Soft Light.
  • Throghout the restoration, I created 'my' usual variety of empty Layers ( Blendings: Lighten, Darken, Multiply, Overlay, Soft Light and Normal), and with a soft white/black brush (Opacity 10-30%), I carefully painted over the details I wanted to correct and enhance. (this goes back to what T Paul said about "working with small selections to fill in the areas that have no detail, bit by bit...." )
  • I used the Patch Tool to even out the dark lines marking original and corrections.
  • I used the Levels to further improve Tone and Contrast.
  • Merged visible and duplicated the Merged Layer.
  • Run Neat Image (very soft settings) on the merged Duplicate to partially remove the noise.
  • Created a Luminosity Mask and run USM on it to increase the contrast a bit.
  • Created a Shadows Mask, copied to its own Layer and set its blending to Overlay. (the action for creating a Shadow Maks can be downloaded here.)
  • Merged visible, duplicated the Merged Layer and added a Hide All Layer Mask (Black) to the duplicate.
  • I strongly Blurred the underlying Merged Layer.
  • Working on the Mask of the duplicate, with a soft white Brush, I painted over the parts of the picture I wanted to uncover ... (the girl)
  • Used USM again for a final contrast boost.
  • Finally, created a very soft vignette to darken edges and corners, to make the girl 'pop' out more. (the action for darkening Edges and Corners can be downloaded here).

Hope this helps...
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Old 02-05-2005, 03:38 PM
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wow great tutorial

Thanks again

I will rewrite tonight at friends
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