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Old 03-11-2010, 11:48 PM
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I'm looking for some feedback on my photo restore. Specifically in the curves and noise removal area but any suggestions are welcome as well. I'm not that good at curves-finding a hard time getting the correct balance. Still fairly new and unexperienced in the use of Neat Image-thanks to the forum people for making me aware of the filter! I've been using the recommended settings of the program and not really sure if I am using to much smoothing and noise removal. It's more of a trial/error and eyeball it thing for me at this point

I like how this came out but it almost looks too clean, if such a thing can be said. I'm attaching a before and after.
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Old 03-11-2010, 11:54 PM
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Re: feedback wanted

the reason it looks a little too 'clean' is the whites. you went a bit bright with them. other than that, looks great!
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:02 PM
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thanks for the input Kraellin, much appreciated. I'll get the hand of curves sooner or later
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:06 PM
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Niteowl64,
I agree with Craig's point. Also, I prefer not to remove backgrounds unless they are unrecoverable. It's always interesting to see what was around when these earlier photos were taken. It could be that the lack of background objects is also making it appear too clean, or unnatural.

With regard to feedback, the background and floor do have some noticeable cloning artifacts. You may want to work on those a little. Otherwise, very nice.
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Old 03-13-2010, 11:30 AM
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Tommy. I see your point about the lack of background objects making it look unnatural as well. I went back and forth about it, twice i started to replace it and changed my mind and went back to the original background. The "remove the distraction" part of my brain overruled the "keep it natural" part I'm also noticing the cloning artifacts that I didn't notice before, once you mentioned it.

I'm taking both your and Kraellin suggestions and doing a second version with toned down whites and the original background intact. I think you both hit it on the head why it looked too clean. Thank you for the feedback-it's greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-15-2010, 06:08 PM
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I like what you've done.
A little noise would take care of the "clean" problem.
The chair would have been nice to keep.

Overall: A+
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:42 AM
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I too like what you did. Nice work. The noise, as suggested would look good as well as removing the chair leg from in-between the young boys legs?

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Old 03-16-2010, 01:41 PM
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Thanks Gary. How could I have not seen that extra leg? Yikes! lol I've got several versions going now with all the suggestions and see which comes out the best.
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:52 AM
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I wanted to show the final results after all the helpful suggestions. I did another version with the original background-I liked it but the friend i was doing it for prefered the look of the new background (less distracting). I compromised and did away with the right side and adding the left side to it to balance out. So the top half is original-in most respects-while the bottom is new. I liked the texture of the top half as opposed to the flat one I first posted here.

Thanks you again for all the suggestions and pointing me in the right direction. I'm learning
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Old 04-16-2010, 01:52 AM
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Well done!

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