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Old 06-19-2007, 01:54 AM
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Re: New member, help with restoration

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...I think I'm cloning away too much detail with my attempts, I don't know. It's too smooth or something...
Hi John,

I think there are more det. on the retouched and desaturated image, good job

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Old 06-21-2007, 01:32 AM
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Re: New member, help with restoration


lookin better and better.

his whole right side (camera left) is still quite bright. you could do a mask/selection and add noise or airbrush it.

i'm sorta working along on this also and looking at your posts in psp xi. i ended up masking the entire face and setting this as a selection on a new layer and adding gausian noise, monochrome and then blurring that layer to smooth it a bit. i then changed the noise type and did it again and blurred it again. i also did some erasing on the lighter parts with an eraser brush set at 5 or below. make sure if you go this way that you either mask out the eyes or do a heavy erase over them when you finish the noise and blurring to bring that detail back out.
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Old 07-01-2007, 06:09 AM
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Re: New member, help with restoration

Hi dolce man,

I had to have a quick go at your photo too, something about it caught my eye. You've done a great job, as have all the others. I didnt restore so much as give some highlights with dodge-burn, clone and heal brushes, clone out the lines and discoloration/fading on the bottom, painted in a little in white areas and used dissolve on yet other layers to add back texture to some smoothed out spots, desaturated and added back some sepia.

I liked the painterly look of the picture over-all after bringing up the levels, so kept it, but then I'm not trying to do a restoration of family photos. I think that's what I liked best about it (I'm an artist first, photo restorer second). This one has just the look of charcoals I used to enjoy doing.

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Old 07-06-2007, 12:32 AM
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Good grief, in the last few weeks I haven't had a whole two minutes to spend on this image, so much other stuff going on. Craig and Saby though, thanks for the encouragement. I guess the thing with his right cheek, it seems like there should be more shadow on his left cheek because of the angle of his face, and when I was trying to add it to his right side it just seemed like it was making everything too uniform. Although it could be because I just wasn't doing it right - working with shadows and shading and stuff, I'm not really sure what the heck I'm doing. I don't really have an artist's background, sketching and all that. I'm sure that would come in handy with retouching. Speaking of artists, Janice I like the charcoal look, particularly the one to the right. I suspect this image was originally the result of an artistic rather than a photographic endeavor anyway the more I look at it. One question, how did you use Dissolve to add texture?
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:11 AM
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dont worry too much about the right cheek/side, but if you want to try it, take your airbrush tool and set the density way down, like 20 to 30 or so. set the opacity to 5 or less and set your brush size to something a little less than the area you want to cover. i dont know what brush types you have, so just use the default.

with those settings, dont stroke the paint on; dab it. just dab, dab, dab and follow that in a line up the side of his face. it may be hard to see at first and you may have to adjust those settings a bit too. if you stroke it on you'll tend to get a streaky looking thing. what you want is shadow and a bit of a grainy/texture look. it takes some practice, but it's a fairly easy way to get a decent result.
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