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Old 10-11-2010, 01:47 AM
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Re: Technique for dealing with background

Hey Tom, what can I say. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this for me - fantastic! You're a star! Tell me, how would you deal with the fine detail where the subject edge meets the background? Would it be useful (or not) to protect the subject (who is my great great grand mother) by making some sort of mask over her before filtering out the noise and scratches.

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Old 10-11-2010, 12:33 PM
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Hey Tom, what can I say. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this for me - fantastic! You're a star! Tell me, how would you deal with the fine detail where the subject edge meets the background? Would it be useful (or not) to protect the subject (who is my great great grand mother) by making some sort of mask over her before filtering out the noise and scratches.
Thanks for the feedback. I'll put a part 2 video up that covers that this evening if i can.
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Old 10-14-2010, 01:52 PM
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Re: Technique for dealing with background

I'd get rid of the old background completely and put in a new one. There's nothing at all in the background worth keeping, Heres what i did in 4 stages...

http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/5674/efinished.jpg

You can keep it plain or add an oval vignette like i did. Perhaps add some grain to it.
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:06 PM
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Re: Technique for dealing with background

Nice job Kevin, what is the purpose of the green layer?
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:16 PM
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Re: Technique for dealing with background

Hi maverick 911 - The green layer just makes it easier to see what i'm erasing on the layer above it. it doesn't have to be green, just a stark contrast. Designer74's video is great. he approached it in a different way, that's what's good about photoshop - there are so many different ways to get the same result. I hope your picture is a success :-)
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:21 AM
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Re: Technique for dealing with background

Replacing the background with a new one is always an option although matching the grain structure of the original photo becomes harder and often a too smooth look makes it look a little too processed for some people’s tastes. You’ve done a great job and it certainly gives folks another approach to getting the job done neatly and cleanly, well done.
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Old 10-15-2010, 03:28 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?
I would like to try and restore it but where can I download the hi-res image?
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:32 PM
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Hey Tom, what can I say. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this for me - fantastic! You're a star! Tell me, how would you deal with the fine detail where the subject edge meets the background? Would it be useful (or not) to protect the subject (who is my great great grand mother) by making some sort of mask over her before filtering out the noise and scratches.
Hey Mark (Maverick)
Sorry for the delay with pt.2 video response. I finally worked out the problem I was having with the screen recording program. Here's part 2.
http://www.youtube.com/v/f_d8l-1Fwd4&fmt=22
Not my best work but I hope it helps a little.
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:28 PM
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Re: Technique for dealing with background

very nice, designer!
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:52 AM
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Hey Mark (Maverick)
Sorry for the delay with pt.2 video response. I finally worked out the problem I was having with the screen recording program. Here's part 2.
http://www.youtube.com/v/f_d8l-1Fwd4&fmt=22
Not my best work but I hope it helps a little.
Hey Tom, please dont apologise. I cant thank you enough. I often find it difficult (usually impossible) to transpose written tutorials onto something I am trying to achieve, so to have someone show me on my image is invaluable. I ran a successful company for 30 years and thought I was reasonably intelligent. Photoshop has changed that opinion! I spent 3 hours yesterday trying to achieve something on a colorization!

Thank you again.

Mark
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