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Old 12-17-2008, 12:57 PM
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Help My Grandma

Well...this is my second official post. And it's a good one. I have this image of my grandma when she was quite young (she's 95 and still kickin'). My mom wanted my to try to save this picture so we could give it to her as a gift.

I've tried a couple things but having great trouble blending her in with the background and just making things look natural. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Hires available: http://www.ipga.com/grandmamachires.jpg

Mike
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:28 PM
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Re: Help My Grandma

The first suggestion I would make is to look at the edges you've created between her and the background. While the photo is pretty soft it looks like someone used an Xacto knife to cut her out and then added a white border to her when they pasted it on the background.

The quality of the edges should all be consistent in the image. If she's soft then the edges will need to be soft too, but not softer than she is.

And there should be no visible border between her and the background. Work your masks carefully.

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Old 12-17-2008, 01:42 PM
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Believe me...I am not happy at all with this try. As a matter of fact, I am starting from the first floor again as I am typing this. The cutout effect on the first post was just a rough mask and where I had stopped, kinda giving up. I thought the background was too much of a mess to use and thought of creating a fake one. However, this go-'round I will try to use what is there. Cleaning up all specks and scratches at the moment, made a simple curves adjustment, but don't exactly know where to go from here...
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:38 PM
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Re: Help My Grandma

What a wonderful colorized photo and thanks for posting it. I replaced the background and used neat image to remove some of the grain in the film and increased the contrast with curves and levels.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:29 PM
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Re: Help My Grandma

I'm just posting the 100K here. Again, what a lovely young woman.

Hugs,
Candice
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Old 12-17-2008, 04:06 PM
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Thanks Candice.

How did you get the skin smooth like that...I have tried different blur methods but none look very good. I hope to get this done and printed before Christmas so we can give it to her. I will be sure to take a picture and post a follow up.

Mike
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Old 12-17-2008, 04:55 PM
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I have a set of smudge brushes MS and used one of them for the skin set on 25 strength.
Worked over it slowly, so as not to remove the natural lines. You might look for a set of brushes called LindaBrushes
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Old 12-17-2008, 05:11 PM
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Here's where I'm at now...might call it quits until a bit later...liking it more, but still a ways to go...
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:20 PM
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I had a go at this pretty lady also..
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:17 PM
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Mike,
I like the most recent image much better. You probably already noticed that the original was quite soft and the only part in focus was the face. This is quite normal for portraits of that era. The first attempt tried to make it all look sharp, which just did not work. Your last attempt retains the original look better. I would say it is very close to done. Just recheck your colors and soft proof what a commercial print will look like. At that point, it is all personal taste. I'm sure your grandmother will love it.
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