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Old 03-05-2004, 11:35 PM
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This is my first image and first real go at altering a photo. It's not great, but it's a start. Was hoping for some feedback.....Hope I get this upload right.
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Old 03-06-2004, 01:11 AM
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Hi StarLaughter,

Welcome to RP!

Your Pictures were rightly uploaded. (many of us here, had some trouble with uploading images the first time ... )

I think you did a very good job in selecting the cross and eliminating the tall palm tree ....

The transition with the new background is nice and smooth.

The only thing I'd change, but this is only my opinion, is the colour of the new background which, at least on my monitor, looks and make the whole picture look, a bit 'flat'.... you could try to darken it, play with gradients or with Filter>render>Lighting Effects.

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Old 03-06-2004, 02:51 AM
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Thanks Flora.

Are these ones any better?
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Old 03-06-2004, 04:00 AM
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Wow .... I love the left image .... I think the impact of the cross against the sky is tremendous!!!

The only thing, now,...(gosh I'm getting booooring....) is the 'tree-line' at the bottom of the image .... It doesn't blend in smoothly with the new background ...

To correct it, try the following:
  • Create an empty Layer on top of all the others (blending > Darken).
  • Selecte a soft (fuzzy) brush (Opacity 30/60%).
  • Alt + left click in a sky area close to the tree-line to pick the right colour.
  • Paint over the tree-line to blend it in with the rest of the sky.


Hope this could help.

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Old 03-06-2004, 03:48 PM
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Oh Flora, you are far from boring. If people don't point out my mistakes I will never have a clue.......and right now I have no clue, but with helpful pointers like yours I will slowly get there.

I made the adjustments (I won't bore you with the image again), and it looks so much better now. I love it.

Thanks
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Old 03-07-2004, 05:32 PM
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newbie ?

I've been searching and reading threads for a while and have come to the conclusion that the photo I'm working on also cannot be restored.I've tried a couple of things from Katrins book R&R but the results were subpar. I'd like to post and get a few responses as to whether or not his photo can be properly restored. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 03-07-2004, 06:16 PM
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pcbrown - I'm a bit confused as the photo you posted actually looks quite easy to restore, at least to a monochrome image. What in particular is the difficulty you're having with it?
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Old 03-07-2004, 07:49 PM
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The problem is that the wifes friend wants it to look like it did when it was taken. I made a real nice BW white, tell me more about the monochrome
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Old 03-08-2004, 01:06 AM
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Black and white is the same as monochrome. Was this originally a colour image, then?
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Old 03-08-2004, 06:50 AM
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Black and white is the same as monochrome. Was this originally a colour image, then?
Yes, taken in Germany in 1958. I'd like to try coloring it but cannot find a tutorial that explains everything to someone new at coloring. Like the best way to make the selections. A tut that hits every detail.
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