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Old 03-06-2012, 09:58 AM
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A Million Cracks!

I finally registered today after using this website for tips for months Attached is a picture I've started working on. There's so many cracks I don't know where to start. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks! Amy
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:39 PM
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Re: A Million Cracks!

very slightly blurring the photo will smooth out some of the light cracks. maybe with the background mask around him and blur the background more. Then with the face lots of cloning, the spot heal tool in photoshop might be good to use.
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:50 PM
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Re: A Million Cracks!

For a quick start you might try using the Polaroid (free) dust and scratch filter
I would use the 'light' setting first then combine all... copy the new layer and use again with the 'light' box unchecked
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:05 AM
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Re: A Million Cracks!

enter quickmask and with brush, brush areas at a time and blur since the image doesn't have skin texture. use dodge and burn to clean up, adjust contrast. Add a bit of noise. Add space on top using canvas size and clone the missing part of the hair.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:13 PM
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Re: A Million Cracks!

if you have the picture you could also flip the picture 180 degrees and scan again then put the two scans into the same photo on different layers and set one to darken or lighten which ever makes the most cracks disappear.
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:56 AM
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Re: A Million Cracks!

Sounds interesting... I don't fully understand that though... If you flip a photo it will be mirrored to the original surely when they won't align when applying the transparency setting?
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Old 03-08-2012, 05:06 AM
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Re: A Million Cracks!

you could run the "Reduce Noise" filter a few times on a duplicate layer with detail settings on 0.
then add the original eyes back in
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:21 AM
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Re: A Million Cracks!

Here's a try from me. Used a lot of gaussian blur on plain areas like cheeks and forehead, then careful cloning and some motion blur along lines.
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:31 AM
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Re: A Million Cracks!

scan the photo twice once right up and then turn 180 and scan again. both at the same resolution. the flipped scan should be rotated 180 in photoshop. set the layer blend mode to difference to align. then back to normal then set the layer to either lighten or darken, which ever makes the cracks disappear. when you scan at 180 flip the light from the scanner hits the cracks on the other side so you have opposing light on the scan. using either lighten or darken blend mode will cancel out most of the cracks.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:28 AM
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Re: A Million Cracks!

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scan the photo twice once right up and then turn 180 and scan again. both at the same resolution. the flipped scan should be rotated 180 in photoshop. set the layer blend mode to difference to align. then back to normal then set the layer to either lighten or darken, which ever makes the cracks disappear. when you scan at 180 flip the light from the scanner hits the cracks on the other side so you have opposing light on the scan. using either lighten or darken blend mode will cancel out most of the cracks.
nice! i understand what you mean now. thats a interesting method, will have to try that sometime
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