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    a friend of mine asked me if I could help with this photo. Im stuck. the woman in the picture was recently in a house fire...sadly she did not survive.
    her daughter was able to find this picture and one more amongst the rubbish but as you can see, it is quite damaged. It may be a little beyond my skill set please help...
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    this was my attempt...but it still doesn't feel right to me.
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    • #3
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      This is just a lot of detailed work. You have to basically rebuild detail in certain areas. Small parts can be done with cloning. Overall it takes a lot of time and patience to do something like this well. I would suggest hiring someone with experience in this area.

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      • #4
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        Think in the range 100$ and up. No way that you'll do it yourself unless you're a retouching expert. Also, the scan itself can be cleaner, as in image needs to be cleaned before scanning.

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        • #5
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          unfortunately I do not have access to the original picture ...so I am not able to get a better scan. $100.00 and up...WOWZa! I wish there was a simpler solution.

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by jesterjeni View Post
            unfortunately I do not have access to the original picture ...so I am not able to get a better scan. $100.00 and up...WOWZa! I wish there was a simpler solution.
            It's a non-trivial amount of work to do that well. I couldn't produce a reasonable result in less than a few hours due to the sheer number of small regions that must be reconstructed in a believable manner.

            $100 would be very cheap. That's reasonable for someone who does that as a hobby. The problem is that the labor involved can quickly outpace the perceived value.

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            • #7
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              At least four hours of work to get something acceptable, longer for extra detail.

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              • #8
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                where should I start? the whole left side is ruined? the detail in the hand/arm is gone? what course of action would you take?

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by jesterjeni View Post
                  where should I start? the whole left side is ruined? the detail in the hand/arm is gone? what course of action would you take?
                  I would begin with the smooth skin - easiest part to fix - then move on to the more detailed areas. You will need some artistic skill for this one, short of having a similar photo that you can copy and paste in areas to improve the detail.

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                  • #10
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                    My try. Cc most welcome!
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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by jesterjeni View Post
                      a friend of mine asked me if I could help with this photo. Im stuck. the woman in the picture was recently in a house fire...sadly she did not survive.
                      her daughter was able to find this picture and one more amongst the rubbish but as you can see, it is quite damaged. It may be a little beyond my skill set please help...
                      I cannot see the picture it very clearly I need a larger photo but I believe I can do the job for a $100

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                      • #12
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                        This is my attempt. https://www.dropbox.com/home/ed%20ph...lattenned+.jpg

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