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Old 10-08-2010, 02:22 AM
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Hey all,
here's my attempt. Will give tips if you like.
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Old 10-08-2010, 04:07 AM
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Maybe extract to a new background?

Cheers!

Thank you Gary - nice job!
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Old 10-08-2010, 04:09 AM
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Hey all,
here's my attempt. Will give tips if you like.
Tom
Tom, this is stunning! Yes I would like tips please.
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Old 10-08-2010, 12:45 PM
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I would appreciate some ideas for the most effective way to deal with this background. The woman is not too bad but a lot of scratching in the background. I have tried Dust & Scratch Filter but not effective on this. I was considering maybe using the spot healing brush?
If you like this type of change I can explain.view the attached thumb nail
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Old 10-08-2010, 06:59 PM
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Tom, this is stunning! Yes I would like tips please.
I'm glad you like it. (I didn't do that good a job because it was 3am and I was sleepy.)

As for tips, I recommend using dust and scratches to clean up background (recommended technique available on request) but I eventually decided to replace it with a generic textured background.

The rest was just using clone stamp to repair the paper, recreate the pink trim, and levels adjustment on the woman to make it pop. I decided to boost the paper color a bit to make it look a bit newer.

Any questions?
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Old 10-08-2010, 10:06 PM
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top notch, tom. VERY nicely done! extra points that you rebuilt the logo!
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:26 AM
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top notch, tom. VERY nicely done! extra points that you rebuilt the logo!
Thanks Craig. The feedback makes it worth doing.

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Old 10-09-2010, 06:04 AM
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I'm glad you like it. (I didn't do that good a job because it was 3am and I was sleepy.)

As for tips, I recommend using dust and scratches to clean up background (recommended technique available on request) but I eventually decided to replace it with a generic textured background.

The rest was just using clone stamp to repair the paper, recreate the pink trim, and levels adjustment on the woman to make it pop. I decided to boost the paper color a bit to make it look a bit newer.

Any questions?
Thanks very much Tom, I would appreciate your tips for Dust & Scrathes? How did you deal with the levels adjustment? I adjusted my RGB upto the point where there is data but it certainly didn't "pop" like yours.

Would also value some tips on adding the new background and blending it in so well. I had considered that but was concerned about it looking like a new background. Yours doesn't!
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Old 10-09-2010, 10:26 AM
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Thanks very much Tom, I would appreciate your tips for Dust & Scrathes? How did you deal with the levels adjustment? I adjusted my RGB upto the point where there is data but it certainly didn't "pop" like yours.

Would also value some tips on adding the new background and blending it in so well. I had considered that but was concerned about it looking like a new background. Yours doesn't!
OK Here's my dust and scratches method for anything i'm retouching (it works beautifully for removing large pimples on a face before I start fixing skin).
1. Duplicate background layer
2. open dust and scratches
3. keep threshold at 0, start increasing radius until image is smooth textured
(on your image at the size you uploaded, I used radius of 13)
(in the case of removing pimples, stop increasing when pimple is completely gone)
4. Start increasing threshold 1 by 1 until you start seeing some of the original texture (use preview checkbox to compare) without the dirt and smudges
(for your image I stopped at 3)
5. Apply a layer mask and make it black to hide the changes
6. Either select the area outside of the subject with magic wand or just start brushing with white to apply the change to the background
7. You're done.
I think I'll put together a youtube video to demonstrate this and answer the rest of your question. I'll try to have it up in a day or so but I'm off to work now.
Peace,
Tom
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:25 AM
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Thanks very much Tom, I would appreciate your tips for Dust & Scrathes? How did you deal with the levels adjustment? I adjusted my RGB upto the point where there is data but it certainly didn't "pop" like yours.
OK I just got around to making a 3minute video on dust and scratches. It should open in HD and full screen (the way I like to view videos). Sorry if you have slow internet and it doesn't load right away.

http://www.youtube.com/v/ce1Sw8XYKmQ&fmt=22

More videos to follow. Just check my channel in a day or so.

Tom
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