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Old 03-22-2008, 08:37 AM
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How do you colourize? I would love to try that out sometime. Good job, only slight criticism is that he is black hence his skin tone should be darker
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I colourise by adding curves adjustment layer for different elements of the picture - skin, eyes, clothes etc. I then adjust the curves until I reach the colour I want. This approach means that it is a fairly simple thing to return to a picture and alter one part, eg. skin tone, as it's on it's own layer.
There are many other methods to achieve a good result
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Old 03-23-2008, 12:37 AM
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Re: How to get more detail out of face

i tried a number of things to bring back the skin tone on his face. what i ended up doing was a simple airbrush on a blank layer. i then gaussian blurred that layer and erased a bit here and there and then repeated the entire process till i was more or less happy with it.

when i had that done, you said he was Black, and that raised an interesting question; how light or dark? what i had with the airbrushing seemed a touch light. it was hard to tell from the image how light or dark to go, so i just opted for something medium. my airbrushing was a bit too light for medium, so i copy merged my layers and pasted to a new layer. i then set my burn brush to slightly larger than this facial area and set the opacity around 18 and swiped across the whole face in one stroke, darkening the whole up with one pass. that looked pretty good, so i stuck with that.

during all this i also made another layer and airbrushed the top portion of his uniform a bit darker. the histogram did a fair job, but not quite enough in that area, so i simply set a light airbrush and went over that area on a blank layer.

i also airbrushed his tie and shirt area a bit.

and i did some minor cloning on another blank layer to get rid of small dust spots and such.

and that was pretty much it.

to colorize the image, i'd suggest looking up Vikki's tutorial on this or going to the Worth1000 pages and find their tutorial. i think that's the one Vikki uses. it's quite good.
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Old 03-23-2008, 12:43 AM
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Re: How to get more detail out of face

and, if you wanted to give it one last little punch up, try a clarify filter at around 4 to 6:
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Old 03-23-2008, 10:24 AM
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Re: How to get more detail out of face

There was a bit of noise so I used the FFT and from there adjusted the level. Applied image - multipy at 50%. Used OptikVerve for the sepia look that so many like but I also like the old B/W. I've given you both and you can compare to the original.

I've worked on so many, many soldiers over the years and each one holds a special place in my heart.
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Old 03-23-2008, 12:30 PM
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Re: How to get more detail out of face

I used a red channel to work on the face area.
After a curve adjustment some noise appeared. I applied a dust & scratches filter to the individual specks. I have kept the eyes almost unattached.
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Old 03-23-2008, 03:22 PM
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I used a red channel to work on the face area.
After a curve adjustment some noise appeared. I applied a dust & scratches filter to the individual specks. I have kept the eyes almost unattached.
Now go in and clean up the dust specks. Healing tool works well or you can

duplicate the layer
run the dust and scratch filter until you no longer see the dust
Go to Layer - select layer mask> hide all
and use a small white brush to remove the dust specks.

I did some on your picture but not all. Very good job!
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