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Old 07-26-2008, 07:39 PM
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Have gone as far as I know how

Here is a photo that I am restoring and the one showing what I have done. I have pretty much gone as far as I know how in Photoshop and would really like some help from the Pros online as to what I could do next and how. Thanks in advance. Please note that the images actually looks much better but in decreasing the size so much I am seeing some pixelation. Should have turned off the sharpening. My other question is should I even go any further or have I gone to far? Great web site
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Old 07-26-2008, 09:02 PM
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Re: Have gone as far as I know how

As often happens in a first time posting, your images are too small for members to see well enough to help. Try using the "Save for web" option and choose about 99k when you "optimize to file size", or aim for a file size of 800x600 pixels at medium level of jpg compression.

Check the link below to a thread which explains saving to the file sizes allowed in the forum - it's bigger than you think.
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:40 AM
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Re: Have gone as far as I know how

Thanks..I think I figured it out this time
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Old 07-27-2008, 01:01 PM
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Re: Have gone as far as I know how

very nice. looks good
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:12 AM
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Re: Have gone as far as I know how

iphotozz,
I like your approach, and I think your end result will be fine. You just need to do some more work on blending the new background with the children.

Right now they look like a cut and paste. Some of the issues resulting in this look are:
- The new background is too clean an crisp, the colors are too saturated;
- The background is also very much in focus (depth of field issue) whereas before it was not. Unlikely, in an older photo.
- The masks for the children still have a bit of a halo around them;

I'm sure you know how to approach these issues. Please post you WIP later !
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Old 07-28-2008, 05:49 PM
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Re: Have gone as far as I know how

Thanks......good points
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:22 PM
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Re: Have gone as far as I know how

Here is my next attempt. I blurred the background and also warmed the background a little using the warming filter to make it look more like the other photo would. I think I removed most of the halo affect but still have not quite made the background and the two boys all look like one original photo
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:20 PM
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Re: Have gone as far as I know how

hi iphotozz and welcome to RP.

one thing to bear in mind with blending a foreground and background is 'bleeding' colors and luminance in photos have a tendency to 'bleed' over onto each other a tiny bit. this seems to be particularly true in digital photography, but is certainly not limited to it. thus, you cant to blend the fore and back by using something like a very light, small smudge around the perimeter of the foreground, in this case, the boys. paint shop pro has a nice tool for this. i dont know about photoshop. in psp it's called the 'soften' brush. it amounts to a very light smudge tool. this will 'soften' the harsh division between fore and background and blend them together a lot more naturally.
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:16 PM
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Re: Have gone as far as I know how

Heading in the right direction. I still can't quite place what looks odd.... something making the children stand out too much... like they are not really in this image. It could be with perspective, shadow... anyone have any ideas ?
Although there is still some slight halo, I don't think that's it.
It may just be the contrast differences... the background is still quite bold whereas the children are very soft.
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:21 PM
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blur your background slightly and erase the white edges still present on the cutout children, then look at my post before this one.
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