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Old 02-12-2010, 08:27 PM
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Getting rid of the 3-d look

I just finished retouching/restoring a very old and damaged photo. My results IMO are OK. The thing that really stands out to me is the 3-d effect of the main subject. It looks harsh and I can't seem to make it blend in better. Everything is in layers, So any advise would be appreciated.
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:07 PM
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Re: Getting rid of the 3-d look

I think the coat is too "clean". I would introduce some noise on it. Also the drop shadow does not work properly. In the original there is a much harsher shadow from the sun high above. Try a similar shadow.

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Old 02-12-2010, 09:21 PM
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Re: Getting rid of the 3-d look

I got an impression that your retouched person got older.
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:05 PM
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Re: Getting rid of the 3-d look

Juergen is right, add more noise back to flat areas.

The shadows need to be reduced in back of head/upper arms area. Original does not show shadows in those areas. Use darken/lighten to adjust foreground and subject. The shadow behind feet/legs need to be enlarged and darkened.

Nice Photo. Good Luck!
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Old 02-13-2010, 12:02 AM
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Re: Getting rid of the 3-d look

Nice restoration.

I used curves adjustment layers to increase the contrast and modify the lighting, sharpened and then added overall texture.

Cheers!
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Old 02-13-2010, 12:58 AM
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Re: Getting rid of the 3-d look

Just searching for the kid's face.
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Old 02-13-2010, 09:55 AM
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Re: Getting rid of the 3-d look

If you have the layered file i would say for the boy make a mask around the boy then use Gaussian blur on the mask to blend the boy into the walls or use the blur tool set to lighten or darken to blure the edges just a little. i used the blur tool on your finished photo, think i had it set to heavy but switched back and forth between lighten/darken mode. Also adding some noise the the jacket might help with the flat look and add some dimension to it.
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Old 02-13-2010, 11:01 AM
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Re: Getting rid of the 3-d look

This is what I had in mind. The shadow behind the boy needs to match the intensity and angle of the shadow on his upper legs.

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Old 02-13-2010, 12:01 PM
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Re: Getting rid of the 3-d look

First I straightened the picture out.
Made 2 layers of the same picture.
The top one is made lighter with the levels tool.

Replace the left side on to the bottom.
Make it a black and white and then a sepia.

You did a good job.
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:30 PM
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Re: Getting rid of the 3-d look

Thanks for all your input. I incorporated alot of what was suggested. But, I still cant seem to eliminate the look of the boy jumping off the page.

I blurred the edges, I refined the edge, I woked with different opacities of the shadow. So I am still at a loss. This is my 3rd attempt of restoring an old photo, so I dont have all the skills needed.

Thanks again for all your great input.

RichRossi
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