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Old 12-17-2008, 08:35 PM
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Re: Help My Grandma

mschoaf, welcome to RP.

you're lucky to have that photo and to have it in such good condition. i'd place the date on that around 1929-1930, maybe as late as 1935, but more likely the former.

i frankly think it's a mistake to replace the background on these. you're preserving history when you do a restoration, and i tend to like to keep as much of the originals intact as possible. replacements shld only be done if there's really nothing left of the background or if it's just too grungy, torn, specked or marred to keep any longer. yours is not that bad. yes, it's rather bland and dirty, but it can be cleaned up and a little color added if desired, though i'd prefer just the cleanup.

i also wouldnt do any extra colorization. the charm, besides the strikingly good looking woman, is the actual photo studio colorization that was done on this image. i'd try to simply bring that out more, if possible but not over-paint it with something.

i would also seriously consider getting a professional cleanup done by a conservator and then putting the original some place safe, clean and dry (though not too dry. a touch of moisture is actually good and keeps the papers from becoming too brittle. i forget the exact recommended moisture content, but it's something like 5-15% if i remember correctly).

at any rate, it's a charming photo and i'm sure your grandmother will love it
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:53 PM
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I would have to spend some more time to get the color in but If you like sepia this is what I can do for now. critique please ....thanks
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:53 PM
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Here is my try for the color.
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:28 AM
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Here's my quick go at it. Mostly channel adjustments for the color to maintain the 'look' of the air-brushed style of that time period ~ chose to not intensify the saturation much for the same reason. Did some cloning at different opacities and soft brushes for some of the spots throughout;added a layer with pattern and noise and then blurred to try to get some uniformity; masked out the eyes and colored in the iris after using the eyedropper from the original background layer and used "color" as the blending option at a lowered opacity. Cloned & patched the background and then with a 'plastic wrap' brush set at 15% opacity colored over the background with a teal color, added a mask and went over it again at a lower opacity with black on the mask.
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:53 AM
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Just for deviation, I added a levels adj. layer to my previous post and here it is, but personally, I like my 1st one better.
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Old 12-25-2008, 08:19 PM
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Haven't had a lot of time to spend on this ...but have enjoyed it ..thanks
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Old 01-03-2009, 01:37 PM
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Just joined this cool site and was intrigued by your granda's beautiful picture. Had to give a try as well to fix it up. Thanks for the post and Happy New Year.
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Old 01-04-2009, 11:20 AM
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Thanks to everyone's kind words and work on this image. I gave one photo to my Grandma and one to my mother...they were both very impressed. I am attaching a photo from Christmas of the 'young lady' with her gift (sorry for the mixed light, ie flash and incandescent...maybe this is the next fixer image...LOL).

Many thanks again and I look forward to much more fun in this forum.

Mike
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:13 PM
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Kewl Beans Mike! Thanks for showing the finished product along with the lovely model!

The years have been good to her.. She is still as cute as a button!

She must be very proud of her Grandson... You did GOOD!
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Old 01-04-2009, 10:51 PM
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Great job Mike. Grandma looks very happy and still quite a stunner at 95.
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