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Mom was MORPHED!

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Old 07-20-2007, 05:35 AM
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Re: Mom was MORPHED!

Hi Bill..... I don't mind at all..... thank you.....

My husband thought that maybe a 'one size fits all' action/filter was run on Mom's photo and that the 'odd' look was a result of it 'grabbing' in places... Sort of like what happens when you color over previously colored hair.... the porous areas 'grab' the new color and you're left with light roots and darker ends....

I think it's more a case of 'getting lost' when you're working so closely with a pic..... anyway, thank you for your help... I liked your clean, fresh version!

Beth
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:16 AM
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Re: Mom was MORPHED!

Beth:

I looked at your retouched version (left) and created my retouched version (right) from your original. I tried to make my changes somewhat subtle and not change her face dramatically.

I opened up the photo with a curves layer and used both a masked screen layer painting to lighten creases in your Mother's face, and a gaussian blur level (with a small amount of blur) to add some softening to her face. I brightened her teeth and eyes a little.

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Old 07-20-2007, 08:26 AM
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Re: Mom was MORPHED!

Hi Alan.... I like the natural look of yours... are you saying that you created a curves layer set to screen blend mode?... this sounds like fun... I don't think I've ever tried that....

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Old 07-20-2007, 08:49 AM
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Re: Mom was MORPHED!

Beth:

Sorry for the confusion. The first adjustment layer I used was a curves layer and it was separate from the layer that was set in screen mode. To get the screen mode layer, I created a new merged visible layer and set it to screen mode and then added a layer mask (hide all). I then painted in the areas of the creases to lighten them up.

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Old 07-20-2007, 10:36 AM
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Re: Mom was MORPHED!

I think it's the teeth. The lower lip is really bad. Eyebrows are a big no.

I really think it's pretty decent, and I also think she will like it. Just a few tweaks.
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Old 07-21-2007, 02:46 PM
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Re: Mom was MORPHED!

Hey Alan..... thanks so much for your steps.... hubby saw your version and said, "that's it"...... natural and not overdone (as mine is).... it wasn't until you posted the side by side retouches (mine vs. yours) that I saw how far I'd gone..... almost as far as the 'morphed' version I was complaining about.....

Thanks again!
Beth
P.S. - What a great website you have...... very well done and the easiest retouching/restoration website I have ever navigated.... really excellent!!!

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Old 07-21-2007, 02:48 PM
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Re: Mom was MORPHED!

Thanks, Lynda..... now if I can just leave it at "just a few tweaks".......

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Old 07-21-2007, 02:56 PM
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Re: Mom was MORPHED!

It's so hard to do that. I was a non-digital retoucher for years, and it's a lot easier to call it "finished" when going further will take hours. But still...all hail the step backwards button!
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Old 07-21-2007, 03:04 PM
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Re: Mom was MORPHED!

I agree...... and in honor of the 'backwards' button, I think I'll go open a bottle of vino tinto ... especially after all this 'un-morphing'

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Old 07-22-2007, 10:13 PM
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Re: Mom was MORPHED!

well, you lost me on the first image here, beth. if your 'real' mother-in-law in on the right, who is on the left? and which one did the pro photographer take at the wedding and touch up?

and is that next one you posted a few posts down the original? and why is there an insert?
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