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Old 11-13-2006, 05:20 PM
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Re: Old, badly damaged photo

Many thanks to all who showed me what could be done with this photograph,
especially Craig who gave me virtually step by step. Thank you seems a little inadequate but its meant. Going to try incorporate what what I have seen done here, music in the background of course, (Like your suggestions Craig but right now its Jimmy Nail - hope someone else knows who he is). Thanks again to everyone, you have made a couple of people very happy.
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Old 11-13-2006, 10:08 PM
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Re: Old, badly damaged photo

I am new to this site, I really love to try restoring old photos. I hope you don't mind me playing around with the one you posted.

Here's my shot at it so far. It is getting late and no matter how much I want to keep going, I have to go to bed.
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Old 11-14-2006, 12:46 AM
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Re: Old, badly damaged photo

Hi Nomi - guess we are in the same boat here. Everyone on this site is so helpful, and really know what they are doing. I like what you have done so far, especially the legs and mouth, could you tell me how you fixed the mouth? Thank you.
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Old 11-14-2006, 01:14 PM
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Re: Old, badly damaged photo

you're welcome, kathy.

i look forward to seeing your work. be brave; we all started somewhere. it's just not all of us were brave enough to make it public

jimmy nail, huh. hmm, not familiar with him.
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Old 11-14-2006, 03:02 PM
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ok, this is pretty much complete on the restore. you could do more with faking in a background or even replacing the existing one, such that it was. you could also colorize this if you wanted.

there's lots of little touches here, too numerous to list them all. it's mostly push (smudge) to clean up edges, some airbrushing, a gamma correction to brighten things up, a fair amount of airbrush on the dress to remove/cover the stain, another small clarify filter on the whole to add back some contrast and so on. just lots of little touches. the gamma correction could be done less if you didnt want it this light.

bear in mind that i also had to compress this 36% to post at this size.
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:54 PM
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Re: Old, badly damaged photo

Hi Kathy, I've played with it some more.
I really didn't worry too much about realism for the background, I just wanted to use a real piece of furniture for her to hold on to. I'm still not happy with the blending of her and her background. Any ideas on how to match them better?
Her little pout reminded me of Shirley Temple, so I Googled a picture of her in the proper pose, cut and pasted the lips, turned down the opacity, desaturated, added noise, dodged, burned, and feathered the edges. Some may call that cheating, but there really wasn't enough there for me (with my lack of skills) to work with.
For the leg, arm, face, and dress, I cloned then used the healing brush to get rid of cloning artifacts. (I love that healing brush). I'm still not crazy about the angle of her right leg, it seems like an awkward pose. While I was at it, I changed the angle of her right sock by copying, pasting, transforming, and masking.
I'm attaching the latest and a cropped copy of the latest because I'm not crazy about the background.
What do you think? What would you change? If my skills are up to it, I'll try anything you suggest.
Anybody else have an opinion? I love critique, it helps me learn.
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Old 11-15-2006, 11:07 PM
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Re: Old, badly damaged photo

as nomi has shown you could replace the background. you could also colorize.
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:33 AM
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Re: Old, badly damaged photo

I gave a shot as well. I am a new member and this is my first go. I have been doing a bit of repair work, but these pictures are a challenge and i still have to learn a lot. I had to reduce it a bit in quality. If you like i can email it to you with a few more pixels.
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:25 PM
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Great job Evelyn. Now that I look at yours I wonder if she is wearing pants and that is why I couldn't seem to get her right leg to look less awkward. I was seeing it as bare legs.

Nomi
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:38 PM
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At first i thought they where legs as well. I concentrated on the face, playing around a little with this and that, and the pants came to light..... Lucky find me thinks
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