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Old 05-27-2008, 03:54 PM
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restoring severely damaged skin

hi, i am helping restore a severely damaged photo for a friend. large portions of skin are missing. i am using cloning to restore the skin, but this is producing an unnatural look, almost like an oil painting effect. i always have trouble when it comes to repairing skin. can anyone suggest an alternate method that will produce a more natural looking effect? thanks
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:33 PM
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Re: restoring severely damaged skin

do you have an image that we can see?
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Old 05-27-2008, 05:04 PM
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Re: restoring severely damaged skin

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You might try using a second layer and a blend mode with your clone tool , darken or lighten respectively.
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Old 05-27-2008, 07:17 PM
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Re: restoring severely damaged skin

hi, thanks. are you saying to clone on a separate layer (which i always do) and then adjust the blend mode for that layer? or are you saying to clone certain sections on certain layers and then blend each individual layer accordingly?
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:35 AM
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Re: restoring severely damaged skin

You could also give the patch tool a try
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Old 05-28-2008, 04:17 AM
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Re: restoring severely damaged skin

I would use two layers, one for darkening and one for lightening. Then if you need another layer or two at different opacitys add those.
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:53 PM
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Re: restoring severely damaged skin

tinkerbella, welcome to RP.

post an example of your before and after and we can help you a whole lot better. it doesnt have to be the entire image; often just the patch and surrounding area you're working on will do.
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Old 05-30-2008, 12:31 AM
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Re: restoring severely damaged skin

Photoshop - After smoothing it all out, create a blank layer on top and, control-shift-e to paste visible image merged onto the new layer, then add noise and reduce opacity until it looks natural. adding noise will tie it all together.

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