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Ezine cover challenge: Retouch this photo!

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Old 03-24-2008, 09:59 PM
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Hi all,

I want to invite those of you on RetouchPro (exclusively!) to retouch this photo--download TIFF here; 2.1 megs and compete for the cover of my next ezine!

The ezine will discuss working with family photo archives and the applications that can help you retouch and manage them.

I am looking for something colorized and spiffed up, eye-catching and cool. Use your favorite imaging app and (ideally) third-party plug-ins and other goodies (frames, brushes, etc.). Maybe a scrapbook-like collage? Let's see what you come up with.

Post your examples here as 4.5 x 6's; keep a copy of your version of the original image at its current size, resolution and format.

Whoever's artwork is chosen for the cover will also be a Featured Artist in the same issue, with the possibility of a cover tutorial if the workflow warrants it. You can show off other retouching you have done, with a link to your website/gallery.

Here is the tentative proposed layout of the next cover, so you have an idea of where the header goes.

Thanks all!
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Old 03-24-2008, 10:22 PM
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Re: Ezine cover challenge: Retouch this photo!

holly shit, im down. deadline?
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Old 03-24-2008, 10:51 PM
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Re: Ezine cover challenge: Retouch this photo!

Great! How about mid-April?
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:29 PM
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Re: Ezine cover challenge: Retouch this photo!

for some reason I'm not able to save the tiff file. I can't copy it or save to desk top??
any ideas.
I've got an idea I would like to try to do. :-)
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:35 PM
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Re: Ezine cover challenge: Retouch this photo!

Hi Cathy,

I just checked the download link and it worked (??). Although on a Mac, I saved the TIFF in PC format, FWIW.

In other news, here is an alternate print of the same portrait I did not post, FYI. THAT would have been a retouch job for sure!
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Old 03-25-2008, 05:06 PM
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Re: Ezine cover challenge: Retouch this photo!

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for some reason I'm not able to save the tiff file. I can't copy it or save to desk top?? any ideas.
The usual fix when images won't download is to right-click and choose "Save link as...", but for me it worked with just the normal left-click. (XP / Firefox 3 Beta4)

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Old 03-25-2008, 07:12 PM
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Thank you byRo that worked.
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Old 03-27-2008, 02:29 AM
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Here's my try, 22 layers later.
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Old 03-27-2008, 03:02 AM
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Thanks Wm, that's a great interpretation! I like the color tones/scheme, the 3D look and the cast shadows, small and large. Small request: Is there anything you can do with the bottom of his bust to make it blend into the background with a little more feathering or blur--to make him a little less "disembodied" perhaps? ;-) Maybe even reconstruct the rest of his suit?

I'm looking forward to seeing what other totally different interpretations we get! BTW, besides our cover winner I will also publish several of these retouches inside the ezine as smaller examples (with credits).
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A little background on our model:

His name was Morris Mara (my great-great-grandfather), born in NYC in 1858 to an Irish immigrant father (mother unknown). He worked in a steel mill in NJ, first as a roller and later as a "labor foreman". He married a girl coincidentally surnamed Morris, daughter of a Michael Morris who ran some sort of saloon in New York City (with some connection to the Philip-Morris fortune, which petered out long before it got to me!). He raised his family in Jersey City, and seems to have died about 1925.

There's some family speculation we may be of some relation to the Wellington Mara/Kate Mara folks, but if this is true, any connection would only be as recent as the mid-1800s or so--perhaps through a sibling of Morris?

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Re: Ezine cover challenge: Retouch this photo!

Nothing too exotic, just touch-up and colorize...
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