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Old 04-27-2010, 07:33 AM
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Re: at a loss as to where to start with this

My example is super splotchy and not perfect by any means- I just did a rough draft, because I wanted to make sure what I was going to tell you would actually work. lol.

I am working on a restoration image now, I am in the mind set, although this is tough. I used Apply Image on different parts of the image, masked it, and painted it back in where desired. I mainly used multiply in the Apply Image, and I applied an "S" curve (contrast) to help it all pop.

You can still save some of this image. And I think besides manually cloning out all the dust and such, I would literally paint, in by hand on a 50% softlight gray layer with black and white, back in as much detail as possible by following the original faded image, like a stencil. It will take a while, but would look quite fabulous I think if you had the time to pull it off, too bad its only a jpg. Oh and maybe I would add an over all noise layer (I use-noise-blur-noise-emboss, creates a nice effect), to even it all out if its still too blotchy when all said and done.
Hope this helps. Good luck. and Happy retouching.

Salut,
Amanda Lauren

ps- can you re-scan the image at a higher DPI? or I would recommend sacrificing the document size for resolution... I see its only 72 dpi.
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Old 04-29-2010, 10:44 AM
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Re: at a loss as to where to start with this

1. Duplicate the original Ctl +J

2. Add a new Soft Light layer filled with 50% gray Ctl + Shift + N.
Mode: Soft Light. Check box: Fill With Soft-Light neutral color

3. Paint on this new layer with a BLACK soft brush, varying the opacity and flow as necessary to darken the washed-out areas. Patience, patience, subtle opacity and flow changes...lots of Ctl + Alt + Z to get it just right

4. Paint on this new layer with a WHITE soft brush, again varying the opacity and flow as necessary to soften some of the shadows in the faces.

That should get you fairly close.

Then merge the top two layers and paint/clone/heal as necessary on a new blank layer above the merged layer

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Old 04-29-2010, 01:48 PM
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Re: at a loss as to where to start with this

i like it, kind of like a better burn and dodge
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Old 05-01-2010, 06:56 AM
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Re: at a loss as to where to start with this

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i like it, kind of like a better burn and dodge
Yes, much better control and less noise.

Someone in the Operation Photo Rescue Forum described it as "a kinder, gentler dodge & burn"
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:10 AM
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Re: at a loss as to where to start with this

Quick play in CS2. I used curves and masks to adjust (mostly darken) select areas - very soft brush with 3% flow for maximum control on the masks - four layers (just another way to dodge & burn really). Slight crop to lose the very worst faded edges. Quick whizz round with the spot healing brush (bit crude - would usually clone a few of the areas instead). Finally a high pass filter for a bit of local sharpening.
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