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her daughter died of cancer (Help me)

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Old 07-13-2005, 04:40 PM
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Hi Diane,

Didn't do too much. Did a rectangular selection on the good area. Select/Inverse
to change selection to border area.

Now did a levels adj to even out tone. This caused some discolouration in some areas. So created a new layer, using clone tool set to colour, cloned out discoloured areas using colour from good areas (had to adjust Opacity of clone tool to get reasonable blend). Clone tool to normal, and cloned out areas that still showed.

Flattened image, then used a levels adj layer to colour correct and improve contrast.

Lastly, created new layer. set blend mode to colour, and coloured skin a little with a tone taken from one of Bruce Beard's charts. Adjusted layer Opacity for effect.

Ditto hair.

Evened out background colour in similar manner.

Hope this helps.


Realaqu, there's no improvement needed on your image, really good work.

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Old 07-13-2005, 05:56 PM
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My try at repairing the portrait

Hello Diane,

My heart goes out for the young lady and her mother. She inspired me to feel for her. I worked on the full res image and it is still on my HD, in case you need it.

Started with FFT to get rid of the pattern. Adjusted Levels and curves in 16bit. Made tons of local adjustments, lots of layers and layer masks too numerous to mention.

Greetings,

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Old 07-13-2005, 06:39 PM
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Hi everybody,

thanks for your kind words!!!

Great jobs evryone!

This picture had texture, was faded and the colours were 'off' ...

After running it through the FFT filter to remove the texture (here you can find ByRo's excellent Tutorial on how to use it and the link to where download it) and enhancing details by balancing shadows/highlights (different ways for doing this are described in this Tutorial) I did the following:
  1. Used the Curves 'Set Grey Point' on the background (my right of the picture) close to the top of her head ... This improved things a lot ... removed the cyan cast and brought back some of the original colour.

  2. After that, I selectively (by this I mean loosely select the part I want to work on with the Lasso Tool) used Levels and Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layers for improving tone and contrast ... and Hue/Saturation, Color Balance and Selective Colors Adjustment Layers for correcting and enhancing the colours .... skin included...

  3. Hue/Saturation on her eyes ...

All the corrections I do, be it for tone and contrast or for colours, I do 'by eye' meaning I move the sliders untils it looks OK ... If Hue/Saturation doesn't satisfy me, I try Selective Colors, Color Balance, Levels or Curves, in other words I try everything until I'm satisfied with what I see on my monitor ... That's why it's sometimes difficult to explain exactly how I got to a particular result ....

Still ... I hope this helps ....
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Old 07-13-2005, 08:13 PM
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Thanks Gary,

I just feel I should do a better work than this one after watching Flora's job. but just dont have any idea to improve it, it looks ok, but it is not indeed.

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Old 07-13-2005, 08:31 PM
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realaqu,

I think you did a beautiful job! Her skin colour is just great!!

The couple of things I noticed are too strong contrast/shadows ... because of it you lost most details in her hair ....

The skin in her face is partially too smooth/blurred, lacking texture ...

Her left eye is too dark in comparison with the right one ...
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Old 07-13-2005, 09:36 PM
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Thank you Flora

That is exactly what I need, everytime I read your post, I always learned soemthing new. I will do it again


realaqu

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Old 07-14-2005, 07:04 AM
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Everyone seems to like Floras picture but is anyone a little disappointed with Floras instructions?
Hey! We got the starting picture and the finished picture and some rough instructions.
We could work through the steps together and maybe all learn something.

If anyone is interested I’ll start off with an attempt at Step1

(assuming you have downloaded mrstomeydaughter.jpg provided by Pixeltickler)

Step 1 – remove the texture
Download and install FFT from Floras link above.
Using the soft round brush (size 35) paint out the stars as in the attachment with black paint.

You should now have no texture showing on the picture.

OK. Anyone want to attempt step 2?
Don’t forget to post your settings then we can follow.


Ken.
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Old 07-14-2005, 12:55 PM
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Here's another rendition with the skin tones changed to 8% cyan, 38% magenta, 40% yellow and 0 black.

Cheers
Dave
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Old 07-14-2005, 03:30 PM
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Got it done and delivered...

Hey, hey All,

Ok I got it done to my satisfaction more or less; Thanks to EVERYONE who posted! I mean it. There was a tear in this dear lady's eye when I dropped this off this morning. It wasn't perfect, but I was indeed happy with the results. I used suggestions from EVERYONE. Following are the results I got. Bless you all, there is an amazing place in heaven for those that help just because they can.

Diane (the pixeltickler)

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Old 07-14-2005, 04:44 PM
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Hi Diane,

Lovely picture, so glad to hear that the lady was pleased with your efforts, that surely makes it all worthwhile.

Glad we could help in some small way.

Gary.
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