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Old 04-19-2006, 04:11 PM
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gary,

well, that's pretty amazing. there is no detail, even blurred or faded, above her ears except for those black post things, and you've managed to add a pretty realistic looking building-scape of some sort there. so that's a pretty remarkable job there.

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Old 04-19-2006, 06:47 PM
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Thanks Craig, for a bit of a rush job, I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. Just don't look too close, there's a whole lot of things that could have been done better. (Just gotta love that texture, it hides all sorts of evils).
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Old 04-19-2006, 08:00 PM
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New to Elements and retouching I'm afraid but I do like a challenge. Lots of healing brush and cloning. I few color burn neutral layers to boot.

Love to hear what you all think

Butch
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Old 04-19-2006, 09:33 PM
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The only tips I can give that I didn't see here are that you want to use a soft brush for the clone tool and a hard brush for the healing tool. You also want to make all your adjustments to the image on layers that are separate from the original background. That protects your original layer. Use adjustment layers whenever possible. At least that's my opinion. If it's not possible then create a WIP layer by selecting the top layer and then clicking ctrl+alt+shift+E for CS2 or create a new layer above the top layer and then click the above.

Don't be afraid to play with blending modes. They might now help as much in some but are generally great things to play with. Using layer masks is also very important especially if you are using adjustment layers as I recommended.

Finally, your grandmother seems to be a bit off-center in the picture you are showing. One thing to help speed up the process is to center her up by cutting off some of that missing right side. that background isn't the most important part so you can totally eliminate it or blur it to death for a quick fix and then worry about the important part which is your grandmother. That's up to you though and how important you feel the background is.

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Old 04-23-2006, 02:10 PM
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No Craig, just patched and cloned from the original. (rotated and deformed some of the patches). Had to guess a bit as to what I thought the original was.




Had to add a bit of texture to the final picture to hide the over smoothed areas I'd caused by cloning a bit too soft in places.

Hi Gary,
How did you add the texture-with a filter?
Bob
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Old 04-23-2006, 04:05 PM
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Wow, Gary's version is fantastic. I've tried similar things in the past and always thought the restoration looked over done. But seeing a job done by somebody else really makes me think twice about my own work. I guess there's something to be said about being your own worst critic eh?

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Old 04-24-2006, 02:05 AM
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Hi ifixpix,

yes, I used Filter > Texture > Texturiser... in PS7. Chose Canvas and used the following settings (these would change with the size of the image you're using) Scaling 100%, Relief 4, light direction top.

Jon, thanks for your kind comments. Had a look at some of your photos (not enough time at present to view them all), nice work.
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Old 04-24-2006, 04:18 AM
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Hi ifixpix,

yes, I used Filter > Texture > Texturiser... in PS7. Chose Canvas and used the following settings (these would change with the size of the image you're using) Scaling 100%, Relief 4, light direction top.

Jon, thanks for your kind comments. Had a look at some of your photos (not enough time at present to view them all), nice work.

Thaks for the tip, Gary.
I have not played with filters much, but the masking benefits are intriguing.
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Old 04-24-2006, 10:08 AM
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You're welcome Bob.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:52 PM
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Thanks for the idea Gary...even a small amount of texture and noise takes away that overworked look.

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