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Old 04-26-2009, 05:10 PM
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Here is a before and after old photo. It's going on a poster collage for a memorial service. I've taken it to a point I'm satisfied with it except the dark crown vs the lighter hair. I've worked with it to try to blend the shading, and everything I've done looks rough. I hope someone can make a suggestion.

I'll also welcome any other suggestions anyone is willing to make.

Thanks,Ron_H
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:51 PM
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Ron,

First of all I think you did a great job on that.

You might want to look at the hair just above the forehead. Seems to be a distinct line where the dark runs into the light. I would just even it out a bit but once again, nice work.

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Old 04-26-2009, 08:11 PM
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Chris,

Thank you for the compliment. The hair above the forehead is my problem. I haven't been able to smooth that line and not have the results look clumsy. I'm hoping to find a technique for fading that line between light and dark without losing the definition of the hair.

Ron
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:32 PM
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Hi Ron. I tool a look at your photo. You can fade the line by adjusting the level of the top section, but you are still going to loose the definition of the hair, because the darker portion of the hair already has less definition in your image. Due to this, the only way you would really get it to look natural, is some very careful recreation of the top portion through some creative cloning and healing.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:39 AM
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I would use curves adjustments (taking a sample from a good area),
stamp tool and D&B.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:51 AM
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Just a quick go at it. Selected top part of hair and adjusted levels, then smoothed border with a stroke of cloning brush. Painted hair overall lightly, with 15% of darkest hair tone.
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:27 AM
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I would use curves adjustments (taking a sample from a good area),
stamp tool and D&B.
Excellent, chillin! The top right part. Now do the rest.
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:31 AM
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Honestly, Southbay's and Chillin;s solutions looked as close to what I think my mother would have looked like at that age. There's no one left to confirm or deny. I wanted to stay with Sepia. Working from a combination of inputs I got what I wanted without having to insert someone else's hair. Southbay this part lost me, please elucidate. "Painted hair overall lightly, with 15% of darkest hair tone". I'll enclose what I'm going with at under 100k. Those collages take a lot of photos so you may be hearing from me again during this project. I'm doing this in the condition of a basket case. I'm almost through a gangly 12 yr old. Quite cathartic actually.
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:57 AM
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Southbay this part lost me, please elucidate. "Painted hair overall lightly, with 15% of darkest hair tone".
Select a coarse brush (27 diameter is highlighted). For your "paint" color, sample a spot of the hair where it's darkest (option/click with brush tool to get eyedropper for sampling).

Then "paint" the hair a bit to even out the tone.

A very nice photo, BTW. Very brown sepia - what year was it taken?

SB
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:27 PM
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I'd probably just paint as the above posted mentioned also. Of course, on a different layer so I could dink with it. I didn't download the photo to play with it...maybe even changing the brush mode to color.

That darkness of the line on the right arm (the real right arm) bugs me some also. It's just that the line is so defined. I'd probably fade that out some. Clone/paint, whatever. Sometimes you just have to try a few different things on a few different layers and click them on and off to see what you think is best.

It's a great photo.
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