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Call for help : about that finishing touch...

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Old 10-14-2009, 07:46 PM
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Re: Call for help : about that finishing touch...

Agree 100%.

Have lots of things to try for the next few days. Cupcakes' idea I very much like, and OldBaldy's one is similar to something I tried, though I didn't consider filling the washed-out doorway with some more columns..

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Old 10-19-2009, 03:54 PM
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There's also a 'medallion' of my great grandmother that is stuck to it and won't come out anytime soon.
you might also search the forums for ways to separate photos. i know they exist, just dont know where they are at the moment.
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Old 10-21-2009, 10:49 AM
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Re: Call for help : about that finishing touch...

Yes, but I'd need physical proximity to the picture, which just isn't possible now. -- Maybe a project for the xmas break.

I've redone the whole patching thing three times now and I'm still not satisfied.. I *think* my problem comes from uncertainty in which order to go about doing the cleanup. levels, first or last? Before or after noise removal? Do I desaturate, or do I chose and work on just the one R,G or B channel I find the cleanest (or the better balanced?)...

But it's fun and it's a constructive way to spend one's time so..
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Re: Call for help : about that finishing touch...

Why not do blurred oval around attached photo to match sepia.
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:00 PM
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Re: Call for help : about that finishing touch...

i like that, aartist.

alexfournelle,

there is no true set sequence that i've ever seen. it's basically, 'whatever works'. that seems kind of sloppy, but, we're cleaning up mud, so, it does get sloppy from time to time. generally, there are a few things one can follow fairly reliably. first and foremost, 'find the image'. that's rule one for me. this means on faded images especially, you have to bring out the image well enough from the fading to be able to see what has to be fixed. that just makes logical sense. if you're working only on the faded, it's tough to see what is actually wrong. so, 'find the image' first.

after that, a lot depends on the type of damage and correction. black and whites as opposed to color also can change things. and, if the image needs rebuilding, that also can change things. noise often gets cleaned up fairly early, just because it's distracting. and, i'll often just work on a background before the main foreground stuff, because it's just not as important and often easier to get some bulk work done quickly. but again, all of that can vary image to image.

generally, if i were pinned down and in very broad terms, i'd say 'find the image' so it can be fixed, fix it, and then fine tune with balancing, shading, color, etc. that's extremely broad, i know, but that's showbiz
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