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Old 11-03-2010, 10:01 PM
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Fixing mottled look on face

I usually work with the clone tool and the healing tool when working on old photos but it is just not working with this old photo. I would like to at least get the face looking correct. I even tried using Portrait Professional but it didn't seem to like working on the black and white photo.
I would appreciate any help you are able to give me.
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Old 11-04-2010, 02:34 PM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

I have tried using the healing brush on darken and then again on normal. I am only part way through and am still not really happy with the results. I am posting the partially mended photo. Are there better ways of doing this?
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:39 PM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

That's a very tricky photo! I'll give a try...
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:02 PM
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Thanks. I appreciate all the help I can get.
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:04 PM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

This is a tuffy!
I usually like to take out as many mottle cracks as possible,
then do an image soften with noise added afterwards.
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:09 PM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

Thanks aartist.
How did you remove the mottle cracks?
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:17 PM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

Just like removing tears, lines and cracks.
Scratch Remover, using PaintShop Pro.
Healing brush, if using PhotoShop.

Just select out eyes, part of nose and mouth to
keep that detail. Work on those areas after taking
care of overall facial skin.
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:24 PM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

Have to agree on this one a real tuffy! Hoping that someone might offer a magic technique to reduce the cracks - tried to find one myself and failed!

Resorted to using heal and cloning to remove most of the cracks on a new layer (Concentrating on the face and neck only).
Duplicated and used surface blur and reduced opacity to approx 75%.
Curves layer to brighten the contrast a little more.

Trying to do this type of restore always worries me that I may inadvertantly alter the facial features so tried not to go too far with this one. With a great deal more work I think that it may start to look better.

I wonder if a re scan in full colour at max resolution would help bring in more detail to work with
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:58 AM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

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Trying to do this type of restore always worries me that I may inadvertantly alter the facial features ...
I'd say it's going to depend on the client. The information that you need for a full restoration just isn't there. Do you leave it out, or make it up?

Round here folks aren't usually too fussy about historical accuracy, they just want a pretty picture, so I'd dive in with an "artistic impression".
In Europe and América that might not go down too well!

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Old 11-09-2010, 04:26 PM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

.... gosh it's great to see you back!!!

I did try to work on this picture in several ways but I got to the same conclusion ... about the 'artistic impression' ... the result I liked better was with the crosshatch brush strokes ...
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