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Old 10-11-2010, 03:59 PM
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get rid of bottom fading etc.

No matter what I do I can't get rid of the light and dark spots, or the entire light area for that matter, at the bottom of the photo. I am specifically referring to the area under the boy's hands. (That was me almost 60 years ago.

Would appreciate your suggestions as to what to do.

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Old 10-11-2010, 06:19 PM
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Re: get rid of bottom fading etc.

crop tool?
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:25 PM
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Re: get rid of bottom fading etc.

I'm with Steve13, there is no detail whatsoever down there.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:57 PM
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Re: get rid of bottom fading etc.

Agree that there is no detail. Just want to smooth out the bottom of the photo.
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:02 PM
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Re: get rid of bottom fading etc.

Frequency separation would work for that, maybe.
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:35 AM
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Re: get rid of bottom fading etc.

Unfortunately my version does not have frequency separation. Any other suggestions or is what I want to do not possible?
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:51 AM
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Re: get rid of bottom fading etc.

Do you mean something like this? (bottom left side)

http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/5...milyforweb.jpg

To do it, I did the frequency separation as mentioned from modelmayhem. You can easily find the tutorial here for it. After this, I worked on the low frequency layer. What I did is take the paintbrush, and had the size at about 150 pix. Opacity at 60. I would sample the black close to where the picture was visible. Then I would sponge downward till I got to the bottom. Then I would move to the side and resample again and go downward again... on and on till finished, while trying to ensure that the colors blended nicely and evenly. Finally, I worked on the hi frequency layer and just used the healing brush.... and voila. I didn't finish it, because I figured you'd want to take a go at it.

I hope this is helpful.
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:27 PM
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Re: get rid of bottom fading etc.

Freddie,

That's exactly what I wanted but I couldn't find the tutorial.

Thanks again, appreciated.
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:54 PM
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Re: get rid of bottom fading etc.

With frequency separation, you can go even a little further in blurring the low frequency than the tutorial says. If you blur out all of the blotches on the low frequency, then you can pretty much touch up all of the other spots on the high frequency with the healing brush. This saves you from doing any painting at all. Here, take a look:

http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/5...milyforweb.jpg

Its not perfect, as I only worked at it for a few minutes. But you get the idea.
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:56 PM
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Re: get rid of bottom fading etc.

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I couldn't find the tutorial.
Here you go: http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?th...=1#post9585669
It's well worth reading the whole thing (okay, skip all the thank you posts), it contains lots of valuable information :-).
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