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Old 10-29-2006, 08:02 PM
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Suggestion?

This is a picture of a picture. You can see parts of the frame at the top and bottom. I can see lots of dirt on the original picture so I'm not sure how to approach clean-up and not lose the depth and details of the original picture to the point that the person looks unnatural. I hope this makes sense.

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Sylvia Morris
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Old 10-30-2006, 07:29 AM
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Re: Suggestion?

I got this far with just two simple steps.

1 Recrop to remove frame edges
2. Levels adjustment
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Old 11-01-2006, 12:01 AM
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Re: Suggestion?

Did you manually adjust the levels or use the auto adjust? When I used the auto adjust, I was afraid it was looking too dark. Here is my version.
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Old 11-01-2006, 12:15 AM
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Re: Suggestion?

Here is another version lightened up.
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Old 11-01-2006, 12:32 AM
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Re: Suggestion?

Sorry. Wrong picture.
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:25 PM
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Re: Suggestion?

welcome back, sylvia

i always like to start with the easiest part and that's usually the background. i simply cloned it a bit cleaner.

i then went over the face and suit and cloned out any major specs.

i then ran digital camera noise removal.

then a clarify at about strength 7. then adds some depth to the image. but it also adds a bit of grain at times.

so, clean up the grain. i did this with airbrushing. i used a very mixed opacity brush, a mixture of opacities all in one brush. i then dabbed on various shades of gray in different places to even up skin texture a bit.

i also cleaned up the tie and shirt the same way.

after that i selected out the camera right part of the suit, made a copy to a new layer, mirrored it and pasted it over the camera left side to hide that half. i then smudged a tiny bit that was missing here and there.

that gave me a pretty good suit, but i had to clone in the edge to fill it out and i cloned in the bottom half to remove that black line that exists on the other half... i think maybe it was a pocket and i didnt want a pocket on both halves.

to finish i ran a lighter opacity clone to finish cleaning up the background, smooth it out a bit. and i added a brightness/contrast adjustment layer to brighten everything up a bit. i also added a tiny bit more clarify and a tiny bit more airbrush to clean that up.

and that was pretty much it. i'm a little curious about the tie. it seemed like it was painted or airbrushed in, so, i pushed up the edges a bit to give it slightly more definition and added a little texture, but it seemed odd in the original.
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Old 11-01-2006, 05:06 PM
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Re: Suggestion?

Wow! I think you brought him back to life. His features look very realistic as if the picture could have been taken yesterday. I agree with you about the tie and even some other elements. It looks like it was drawn on. This is a picture of my grandfather and they were very poor. I surprised he has such a nice portrait that was manually touched up!
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Old 11-01-2006, 05:28 PM
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Well I did the Swampy crop and levels and added neat image. Nothing more.
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Old 11-03-2006, 12:51 PM
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Re: Suggestion?

thanks, sylvia there's a bit more that could be done, now that i look at it again posted here. there's still a bit too much texture/splotchiness in the face but that's easily corrected.

if you notice his original hair, you'll see that part of it is blacked out/smudged/stained all black. i had to add some highlights there to make it look more natural. i actually did that with cloning from other highlights in the hair.

and the camera left side of the suit was too badly stained. much easier in this case to simply take the camera right half and paste it in camera left.

i wasnt sure what you wanted to do with the framing, so i left it in. you might think about getting the whole framing in the scan. it seems like a nice frame.
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Old 11-03-2006, 05:57 PM
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Re: Suggestion?

here's my go, notice any changes
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