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Old 10-16-2002, 10:01 AM
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Your single most dreaded retouch

Everyone has one thing that, when they see it in a photo, gives them the retouching heebie-jeebies. My own is random mottling.

What is your one most dreaded thing to retouch?
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Old 10-16-2002, 10:45 AM
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Red color cast (blue fade). Never been able to get it right.
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Old 10-16-2002, 11:32 AM
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Rebuilding a face...just did one of these and it gave me nightmares! You have to be perfect or you will lose the person's personality. Why is is that rips and stains in old photos are always right on a person's face!
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Old 10-16-2002, 01:33 PM
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Have to go along with Greg. The face is my worst enemy. I can usually repair or replace a missing part but a face is pretty hard to replace with someone else's.

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Old 10-16-2002, 02:40 PM
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Not having a lot of artistic ability, I'll also have to go along with badly damaged facial features. You can get by with imperfect work on clothing, or a chair or something else. But the face requires much more to make it acceptable.

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Old 10-16-2002, 08:38 PM
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I agree with all the rest of you. damaged faces are next to impossible to get looking right.

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Old 10-16-2002, 08:44 PM
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Insufficient data on the image is "always" a pain, especially if the data loss is the face. As we all know, if you take a mirror image and split the face, it loses the specific features of the individual. Seeing that no faces exist that are perfectly symmetrical, any work done by copying the left to the right is just being hopeful on the restorers part.
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Old 10-16-2002, 09:10 PM
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Yup, gotta agree with the face thing...
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Old 10-16-2002, 11:00 PM
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Hi everybody!

...yep..I agree with everyone.. ....but, on top of it....

I heartily dislike moiré!!! ....

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Old 10-17-2002, 04:32 AM
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My top dislike is "silvering out'. The old sepia photos that have just about lost all detail in those areas.
Second is big, dirty backgrounds. I don't like to replace the background, so cleaning it up is very tedious and tricky, as it seems to show every mark.
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