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Old 03-04-2013, 03:45 PM
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Adding life to old pic and shadow question

Hi All,
I am cleaning up and restoring pic and I've gotten to a certain point where I can use some guidance. The original image and work in progress are thumbnailed below while a larger version of the original is at http://www.intelligentlight.com/photos/orig1.0.jpg.

Specifically I would like to add more life to the faces in the photo. To me, the tones look one dimensional. Also, I would like to separate the men from their shadows somehow. I've tried dodging with a very soft brush but it didn't seem adequate. (That work is not show in the attached pic.) Finally I have to change the shirt colors so they are more sky blue but that is secondary to the two issues I mention above. I know that there is alot more beyond this to be done but I'm stumped on the facial tone and shadow questions.

Also, in reference to the working image, I was wondering if there is a term that describes the quantization(for lack of a better word) on the shadows on the jackets as they get darker. The dark blue of the shadows seems less smooth/more discrete and I was wondering if that is an artifact of the processing?

I have been researching this site for ideas that I am trying out as well and I appreciate any ideas you can offer.
Chris

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Old 03-13-2013, 04:29 PM
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Re: Adding life to old pic and shadow question

Here is two pictures
the first picture had been fixed without the shadow removed.
The other one has been cloned around the head.
I like the first one better
You could also just lighten the shadow so it is not as dark.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:35 PM
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Re: Adding life to old pic and shadow question

I would do a little shadows attenuation.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:27 AM
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Re: Adding life to old pic and shadow question

I copied and flipped the left side of the hat and a portion of the wall to cover the shadow.

Juergen
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:35 AM
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Re: Adding life to old pic and shadow question

That is a great idea.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:55 PM
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Re: Adding life to old pic and shadow question

I think I would have left the shadow also
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:59 PM
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Re: Adding life to old pic and shadow question

Wow, thank you all for your suggestions and examples! I think I do prefer leaving the shadow but lightening up as per grannysdc and chillin's suggestions but the work of Juergin and Cupcake also helped to see how different the shadow removal makes the image. What a great idea to reflect one side of the hat to the other side!

I have a couple of further questions:
Did you all use Photoshop for the changes and especially the scratch/noise removal?

How did you even out the lighter areas at the bottom of the photo so that the uniform color is, well, more uniform?

Thank you all - I am inspired by your ideas.
Chris
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:41 PM
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Re: Adding life to old pic and shadow question

To deal with the uniform color I desaturated the red in it, which also darkened the appearance some. Then used the Dust and Scratches and/or Median filters for noise and painted lightly with the blueish color of the upper part of the uniform.

My version was done with Photoshop Elements 11.

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Old 03-16-2013, 01:18 PM
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THought I would give it try also.. the masking could be better.. but I decided to take the people out than work on the wall by copy and paste and enlarged it to cover the back.. I added my own drop shadow and used camera raw for adjustments and shadow/highlights
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