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    Hello everyone, I am very happy to learn from the forums. this is my first post. I am trying to restore several pictures from the family albumens and the forum has allowed me to learn from the great experience of many of you to improve my restorations. Today I ask for your help. I have a picture of my grandmother hand-colored, but has damage to an area of the hair. How can I repair this damage. I appreciate your help.
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    I'd copy a section from the undamaged side, flip it horizontally, and put it over the damage. I'd use a layer mask to try blending it in, perhaps even trying some blend modes.

    You'll probably have to draw in some hair, maybe even copy multiple pieces and try upside down, not flipped, etc. Watch the direction of the curls, and keep the direction of the light consistent.

    The face can be done similarly, only with the addition of cloning.

    If you're using a new/newer version of Photoshop, you can try content-aware fill and some of the other newer smart tools.

    Good luck!
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    • #3
      Doug, thank you very much for your advice, I appreciate it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Doug Nelson View Post
        I'd copy a section from the undamaged side, flip it horizontally, and put it over the damage. I'd use a layer mask to try blending it in, perhaps even trying some blend modes.

        You'll probably have to draw in some hair, maybe even copy multiple pieces and try upside down, not flipped, etc. Watch the direction of the curls, and keep the direction of the light consistent.

        The face can be done similarly, only with the addition of cloning.

        If you're using a new/newer version of Photoshop, you can try content-aware fill and some of the other newer smart tools.

        Good luck!
        I will also suggest the same procedure.

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        • #5
          IMO, copying the hair and flipping it doesn't really work. You are better off doing a Content Aware Fill (Edit>Content Aware Fill). This allows you to choose the areas of the image to use as fill and you can then specifically select just the hair for it. It does a fairly good job of this. From there you will need to do some Clone Stamping to fill in the edge of the face (this takes some artistic touch). However, you can use the flip technique to replicate the ear and earring. I spent about 20 minutes on this. It could use some color correction, of course.
          Cheers!
          ~Klaatu
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          • #6
            Thank you very much Klaatu, looks great
            Luis

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