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Old 03-05-2007, 05:40 PM
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headstone photo help

I've been enlisted by a family friend to create a 4X6 print to be used on a headstone. I was given a rather underexposed ( backlit) 5X7 print from about 15 years ago. I scanned the print at 600 dpi and extracted the deceased lady from the shot. I think I can do a decent job correcting the exposure but I would love some suggestions on maybe what kind of background to use. This photo will be displayed for ever in public so getting it right seems very important to me.



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Mike
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Old 03-05-2007, 06:11 PM
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Re: headstone photo help

For what its worth, I have seen photos and they seem to be on porcelain
set into the surface of the stone.. The backrounds are usually off-white.

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Old 03-05-2007, 06:42 PM
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So perhaps just a plain off white background? This is a color print but it looks much nicer ( to me anyway) in B&W. B&W also seems to be much better when it comes to how grainy the scanned photo appears. I'm going to share the image I am working from. Perhaps that would help with any advice.

Original Photo Extracted Image


These are the images I'm working with. I probably should clone out a few of the obvious flaws in the photo but I'm more concerned on what to do in terms of a background right now. This image is likely to be viewed from a relatively long distance so pixel peeping is not my concern. I just want it to look very presentable and be an accurate representation of the deceased.

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