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Old 08-22-2010, 06:12 PM
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lacks realism

this photo lacks realism...I tryed layers and what not but it doesnt seem to give me the result I am after, how do I make him look more realistic?
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:20 PM
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Re: lacks realism

I assume someone has already processed the original image into what you have attached. It would be better if you post the original image.
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:22 PM
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Re: lacks realism

I have posted the original.....this photo is for opr... the one on the left is processed like you said

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Old 08-25-2010, 10:04 AM
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Re: lacks realism

The whole jawline is wrong if you look carefully. The original pic has a much rounder jaw.
I think also that too much has been done on the face overall and it has a very porcelain doll look about it.
The nose is quite a good substitute.
The mouth is far too close to the chin to look natural.
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:15 PM
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Re: lacks realism

jj - I made some guidelines on the original, then overlaid them on your restore (different color, same guidelines). Hopefully you can see from them where the jawline went wrong. In addition, it becomes clear that the boy's left eye (on our right) is too far from his right one and a little too high - in fact the whole right side of his face extends farther out than in the original. Both eyes are rounder than the original's. Eyes are tricky and sensitive; as little as one pixel can make the difference between right- and wrong-looking. There are also some dark spots (x's) that should be fixed, and the hairline curves up, not down. There is a damaged area that cuts into the back of the boy's head. I'd judge that his head should be rounder back there. And his ear should be taller. Generally, the tops of people's ears pretty much line up with their eyebrows.

Spotter is right about the face overall looking over-worked. It needs more shading, less rebuilding.

This restoration is a real bear. It almost verges on being non-restorable. The trick is working with what's there, not with what you think might should be there. If there's not much there, you just do the best you can. Kudos for taking this one on.
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:00 PM
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Re: lacks realism

thank you...I was just looking at it again and I totally agree the face is still quite wrong
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:30 AM
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Re: lacks realism

this is a work in progress.....I did use the original and overlay with repairs but it still has a not quite feeling...any suggestions?
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:09 AM
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Re: lacks realism

I think I would make a hardened edged copy using the shadows/highlights tool and then have that over the top so that you can then adjust opacity.
I dont think it is ever going to be a perfectly smooth picture as it takes so much out of the boys features.
here is a quick example of what I mean.


boysmall.jpg
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:39 PM
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Re: lacks realism

help...its starting to look a little more right but it still doesnt feel real
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Old 08-28-2010, 08:23 PM
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Re: lacks realism

is this really a serious post?
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