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Old 12-14-2006, 10:16 AM
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Re: Acne Scarring

Hi Lasa..... it's her Third Edition Restoration/Retouching..... I went back over my steps and realized I'd left out the darkening phase (you know, getting rid of the bright ring left when lightening the dark spots)......

I didn't do the darkening part like Katrin suggested in her Dual Curves Technique..... mainly because I felt like I had a little more control when I used the below darkening technique (which I'm sure everybody and his dog's hairy cousin already know about)....

To darken those bright halos:

Alt click the Add New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette
In the dialog box, change blend mode to Soft Light and check Fill with 50% ...
Using the Darken Tool set to Midpoints at 20% + I darkened the too light areas

Hopefully, this is what will make the difference ..... sorry about that..... I was trying to make sure I got all of her instructions in about the curves technique, along with, taking the magenta out of the reds... totally forgetting you'd have people left with the dreaded and highly contagious 'hot pink polka dot-aderma' (which I think George once contracted on a Seinfeld episode)....

Anyway..... hope that does the trick...

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Old 12-14-2006, 12:45 PM
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Re: Acne Scarring

Thanks I'll give it a try when I get home.
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Old 12-14-2006, 06:35 PM
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Re: Acne Scarring

well here's my version...i went way more overboard than the other posts...but keep in mind i'm still learning too....u can use the same method that i used but in smaller doses...i tend to like the flawless look so i go toward that a lot :P even though i know it isn't always best...but here's what i did anyway:
used healing brush to hide the more noticeable blemishes
duplicate layer
filter>add noise>dust & scratches
filter>blur>gaussian blur
filter>noise>add noise
then masked the dup. layer
and fill the screen with black paint bucket
then switch to white color and "paint over" the areas to be can choose whichever opacity you think best but as u can tell i used a higher opac.
finally, i lowered the layer's opacity to about 60% and this is the finished image
...oh and i tried to whiten the teeth...any how, i hope this gives u some idea of a technique u may be able to use for something in the future!
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:12 PM
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Re: Acne Scarring

Thank you, all. I'm playing with several of your techniques.
Jeangab is right about the translation of "motif." I can't find it or a similar word under "edit." Regardless, I've learned a lot from this posting.
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:18 PM
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Re: Acne Scarring

Well, I always look for a quick way to get to the 90% point so here is my approach.
Ctrl J to duplicate the background layer. Next Image>Apply Image and select the background layer, Red Channel, Blend Mode to Lighten and leave opacity at 100% and click OK. Don't worry about the part gray / part color result. Now change the Blend mode of that layer from Normal to Luminosity.
The image is restored to the original but with the skin anomalies significantly cleaned up. The rest is a matter of taste. You can fine tune the mole or tweak the color and contrast - but as is looks pretty natural.

Phil, you were on the right track but if you don't apply the Red layer and changed the blend to lighten, you end up with all that black gunge on the shirt.

Regards, Murray
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Old 12-14-2006, 11:53 PM
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Re: Acne Scarring

I posted my stab here on my website...I can never get the photos to upload for some this is easier with iWeb.
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:03 AM
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Re: Acne Scarring

welcome to RP, scott.

some nice work here, folks

however, this is a retouching piece and not a restoration one, so, i'm moving it to the appropriate forum. i'll leave a link in here for a while to keep things managable.
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