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Old 03-03-2006, 06:39 PM
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thank you, flora

and a very good job you did there! did you use levels, curves, or historgram to lower the whites? or maybe even something else?

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Old 03-03-2006, 08:04 PM
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Hi Sheri

Welcome to RetouchPro.

Well Done. You did a great job on a Very difficult first picture.

Here is my attempt.

Ken.
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:37 PM
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Flora, I am consistently amazed at your tweaks. Okay, that's it, I'm going to burn my copies of Paintshop and Photoshop and just stick to engineering.

Seriously...of course we want to know what you did!

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Old 03-04-2006, 02:09 PM
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Thank you again

Ed, I will try the "playing" with blending modes today. Good sugestion. Sometimes I just can't figure out an efficient way to learn.

Flora, yes I would like to have a detailed discription of what you did.! It looks great.

Thanks again everyone.
I want to do this photo justice, it is really brings me back to my highschool years.

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Old 03-04-2006, 02:19 PM
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ok, i had to have another go at this. my first was ok, but every time i see one of flora's i go, 'oh well, back to the drawing board' you do set a standard, flora.

this one involved mostly the same filters and tools, but this time i did more cleaning of the image and tried to fix things in smaller gradations rather than trying to fix it all at once.

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Old 03-04-2006, 02:32 PM
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Kraellin

This looks nice. I have printed all the directions out and when Flora sends her details I will start from scratch and try everyones suggestions. This is a great way to learn. Thanks again. Sheri
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Old 03-05-2006, 01:24 PM
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Hi,

thank you all very much for your kindness!!!

Bart, ...

Going through the problems I saw in this picture, what I did is:

1) The picture is very faded so consistency had to be added...

* I duplicated the background and set the duplicate's Blending to 'Multiply'

2) the contrast had to be increased...

* I duplicated the 'Multiply Layer' and changed its Blending to Overlay

* Not completely happy yet, I added a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer (Brightness +41; Contrast +43)... This made some areas of the picture like windows etc. much too light so I first painted black over those areas on the AL's mask, then decreased the AL Opacity to 86% and changed its Blending to 'Luminosity' as to not increase the already very strong bluish/cyan cast of the original.

3) the bluish/cyan cast had to be removed...

* If possible, what I usually try first is the old 'Set Grey Point' trick ... meaning: if in the original I find an area or a point I can quite safely assume it could be grey, I create a Curves AL (or Levels .... they are the same for this purpose), select the 'Set Grey Point' Picker and simply click on the previously 'chosen' area or point. .... That's exactly what I did here .... I selected a point on the filing cabinet between Sheri's Mom's chin and shoulder and set the Grey Point there... Since the cast hadn't completely disappeared, I duplicated the Curves AL hiding the points that had become a tad too yellow by painting with a fuzzy black brush (Opacity 50%) on the duplicate's Layer Mask.

4) the colours had to be corrected

* Much better, but it still looked rather 'flat', so, I added a Selective Colors AL and tweaked the individual colours until I was satisfied.

* I created a Color Balance AL to increase the red in her hair ...
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Yes it is a Beehive hair style and it was very RED
5) shadows and spots had to be minimized or removed

* For this, and for selectively enhance areas of the picture, I used the "Blank Layers set to ..." method as described in my Tutorial

Finally, I used USM to slightly increase Contrast and Sharpness.

Snapshot of part of my workflow (Attachment 1).
Results after the different steps described here (Attachment 2).
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Old 03-05-2006, 03:45 PM
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Thank you Flora

Not only did your details help, but I am working through a Lynda.com tutorial on enhancing photos so I even understand what you are doing this time. I can't wait to try it.
Thanks.
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Old 03-06-2006, 01:40 PM
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This looks nice. I have printed all the directions out and when Flora sends her details I will start from scratch and try everyones suggestions. This is a great way to learn. Thanks again. Sheri
thank you, sheri

btw, sheri, that image is cropped to an 8x10 standard for easy printing.

flora,

i'm curious. would you look at your finished pic and mine together and tell me what you see different? i see a difference but not quite sure how you got to where you got and why it's so different from mine. i think both look good, but the differences got me to wondering about them.

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Old 03-08-2006, 06:24 PM
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Thanks Sheri! ... Glad I could be of help!

Graig,

... sorry, but I'm afraid I didn't understand your question ...
For what differences are there between your restoration (great by the way!!!) and mine I'm sure you have done what I did in the attachment ....
For how I got to my result .... I thought I had explained it ....

Glad to see you too "tried to fix things in smaller gradations rather than trying to fix it all at once." .... That's what I've been doing since always ... It can be very time consuming ... but, on the long run, I personally find it very rewarding ....
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