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Old 08-30-2001, 04:26 AM
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Fabulous work!!! You've done a wonderful job. The woman's hair color is excellent.
The only flaw I saw (and I may be wrong) but, it looks like you colored her ear the same color as her hair.
Her's a tip that I use: After working on something for a long time, it helps me to flip it horizontaly, just to get a different view. Many times it helps to reveal overlooked areas.
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Old 08-30-2001, 06:54 AM
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Vikki

Great idea on flipping a photo to get a different perspective! I’ve heard of a similar technique in editing. Once you have read something over and over again, you don’t usually catch the mistakes, but if you read it backwards you do.
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Old 08-30-2001, 01:04 PM
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OK, I admit: I'm outta control

Vikki, I have looked and looked at that section of the photo and still can't figure out if it's her ear or not. If I look at the original, I don't think so. But, when I look at my colorization, I do think so. I suppose since it doesn't bother me (the way some other changes that people have pointed out), perhaps it's OK to just leave it as is. But, I tried a version which makes it look like her ear anyway. I still don't know which I like best.

And while I was making those changes, I decided to try changing the color scheme a bit. I got some feedback from one of my friends that burgundy was a popular color back then (her grandmother's wedding dress had a burgundy bustle), so I tried changing the photo to use a burgundy (and subsequently warmer) color scheme. I had a hard time choosing a background color and finally used the eyedropper to pick a color off of her face - that way I was guaranteed the color would at least blend with the rest of the photo. If nothing else, I think it looks more "vintage." If anyone cares to take a look (you must all be sick of this photo by now), I've attached the file here.

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Old 08-30-2001, 01:24 PM
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I like the blue scheme better, but that's a personal choice. I think it brings out their eyes and works better with their skin tones.

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Old 08-30-2001, 02:04 PM
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Well T Paul, that must mean I got the skin tones correct! They definitely looked best in blue in "real life" - as do I. Thanks for the feedback. -Jeanie
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Old 08-30-2001, 02:27 PM
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I have been following this thread with interest and I must say that the burgundy certainly adds warmth to the photo whereas the blue, in my mind, does not really convey the intimacy of the moment.

The insight into the development of this piece of work has been interesting.

One word - INSPIRATIONAL!

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Old 08-30-2001, 03:04 PM
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Now that I've see the ear colored, I think it's an ear (well, I like it anyway).
I prefer the blue color scheme too. I don't know why, but the colors of the people seemed more natural
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Old 08-30-2001, 03:12 PM
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I don't know why, but the colors of the people seemed more natural
Just goes to show you how surrounding colors can affect perceived skin tones. I didn't touch the actual colors of the people - just her shirt and the background. -Jeanie
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Old 08-30-2001, 08:36 PM
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I just have to pop in here and comment that this has to be one of my favorite threads ever. Threads like this were what I had in mind when I first started thinking about a site for restoration and retouching.

It has everything I could have hoped for. A user inspired by other users, helpful and involved critiques, detailed and informative descriptions, and dramatic before/after examples. And, once it was all done, the experimentation began!

I'm just so proud of you all.
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Old 08-31-2001, 06:46 PM
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Hi Jeaniesa

I've been following this thread with interest too. So I just had to download your photo and give it a try.

Thanks for the step-by-step instructions.

I prefer the blue to the burgundy. Of course, blue is my favorite color.

Sharon
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