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Old 04-19-2010, 02:15 AM
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Digital Portraiture & Restoration

Hello everybody.
Maybe the most enjoyable of the works I´m doing for my clients are the portraits. Sounds strange but a lot of these people are real humble decent people who have some old picture of his relatives and they want to preserve this way their memories. So, I must do a good job and bring them this satisfaction.
In this case, I received a small photography, some 3x4 cm. This is the resoult:

http://i43.tinypic.com/sqhw1h.jpg

05.02.2010
And this, was a nightmare. Let me knocked down and headache:
http://i40.tinypic.com/xeqt89.jpg

My best regards to all of you,
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:46 PM
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Good work Florin!
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:03 PM
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Thank you my friend
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:07 PM
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i like that, florin. very nice!
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:49 AM
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Thank you, Craig. I try to do my best. Sometimes it works, haha..
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:24 AM
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Re: Digital Portraiture & Restoration

Your style is what I have grown to love.
Great Work!!!
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:55 AM
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Thank you so much
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:08 PM
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wow very clean!
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Old 04-24-2010, 09:24 AM
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Great work Florin!, just curious how long did it take?, i hope you dont mind but i had a very quick 15 mins using what most of use, the restoration method, could put it another 15 mins on it but its not bad for a starting point. It does not compare to the beatifilly smooth finish yours has!
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:52 AM
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Re: Digital Portraiture & Restoration

Hi, Neil. You know my painting routine is enough large, some 5 - 8 work hours depending of the damages. Nobody send to me nice stuff, only the mess. My workflow shoud be this:
Change the pic to the gray scale. I always begin with some small ammount of niose / dust and scratches for cleaning the surface. After that, we could include some general enhacements like levels, curves etc. Then, comes the hard work, painting this face with the clone brush. Paint brush (B) give too flat colours but clonning brush has blended pixels, is better. I always begin with the head: eyes, arround the eyes, nose, cheeks, mouth and finish with the whole face and also the forehead. Hair and eyebrowses are very delicate and need enough time, using special hair brushes. This take me most of the time, some good working hours, some 70% of the time. If we talk about a portraiture, is 90% of the time. Then, I go for the clothes. Mostly they have many damages and have to rebuilt all piece by piece using the path tool, make selections and paint every area for separate. Finally comes the background and this could be some more time depending of the damages, if we leave it alone as it is and retouch or must be replaced.
I know this is slow, many people don´t agree with this workflow but the resoults speak for themselves. We´ll have always clients ready to pay 2 or 3 more for a high end restoration and I consider this is not so much. You divide 80$ between 8 hard work hours and have some 10 bucks per hour. This is very, very inexpensive, is cheap. A simple worker is paid in the USA at 8$ per hour.
I´ll have a great surprise, something really great in a new post. Soon.
Have my best regards and I´m always available for anything useful.

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