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Long-ago portrait 'washed out' by Jo Ann Snover
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Offline Jo Ann Snover

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Long-ago portrait 'washed out'
« on: May 14, 2019, 07:17:24 PM »
I'm never sure which is the right forum - perhaps this isn't "difficult" but it certainly took a while to fix this lovely woman up :)

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It's from the same family as the homestead, but I'm guessing this was from the 1950s? Although there's a lot of texture on the damaged original where her sweater was, after trying to find any coherent design (and I looked a lot of old knitting pattern images from the 1940s and 50s) I concluded that a lot of the things I saw were transferred damage rather than details of the original clothing. Drawing outlines of the visible fragments of things that could have been a neckline or contrasting colors, nothing joined up to make a garment!
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Re: Long-ago portrait 'washed out'
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2019, 07:05:03 AM »
Lovely Jo Ann.. her right ear looks a little flat.. like no ridge around it like the original and the left side of her lip looks just a tad too pronouced to me.. I would say this is pretty difficult  :wnw:
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Re: Long-ago portrait 'washed out'
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2019, 10:03:52 AM »
Both good catches. The lip was a stupid mistake as I was trying to smooth the transition between lip and skin - rushing at the end is never a good plan :) See what you think of this version:



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Re: Long-ago portrait 'washed out'
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2019, 10:06:40 AM »
Well its coming along fine.  I think her right nostril could be adjusted some and there seems to be a lot of noise in this rendering.
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Re: Long-ago portrait 'washed out'
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2019, 10:15:26 AM »
Wow, you've come so far. Think the catch lights in her left eye (looking at the screen) are in a different position and maybe lighten the shading under the right side of her mouth?

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Re: Long-ago portrait 'washed out'
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2019, 10:37:26 AM »
More good catches (bad pun - sorry!). See what you think about this version



Regarding noise, I contemplated smoothing things out a bit, but decided that the film grain I think is visible in the original is part of the look, and that when printed, it'd be better for this not to have the texture of a modern digital image. I'll let Tess (the distributor for this) guide me on that.
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Re: Long-ago portrait 'washed out'
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2019, 10:59:21 AM »
Lookin good Jo... I played with it a bit. added a screen layer just to lighten her skin a bit.. I thought maybe she was a bit dark.. dunno.. I think it looks really good but her ear still looks odd to me.. not real, a little heavy and straight..  just somthing that my eye keeps going to..

You've taught me to be really picky Jo Ann  :cool:
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Re: Long-ago portrait 'washed out'
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2019, 11:02:32 AM »
Lookin good Jo... I played with it a bit. added a screen layer just to lighten her skin a bit.. I thought maybe she was a bit dark.. dunno.. I think it looks really good but her ear still looks odd to me.. not real, a little heavy and straight..  just somthing that my eye keeps going to..

You've taught me to be really picky Jo Ann  :cool:

Let me play with the shading on the ear a bit more. I don't think ear edges are tubular :)

Picky is good - I can always just bypass anything if I want to (should the madness creep too close...). Thanks
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Re: Long-ago portrait 'washed out'
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2019, 11:30:37 AM »
I think I'm going to send this version to Tess and see what she thinks - I know it's better than the first version I posted :)

Thanks all for the feedback


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Re: Long-ago portrait 'washed out'
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2019, 11:43:32 AM »
You cracked it  :up:
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Re: Long-ago portrait 'washed out'
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2019, 11:44:52 AM »
Cracking it without cracking up will be my goal for today :)
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Re: Long-ago portrait 'washed out'
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2019, 07:20:25 PM »
Just to follow up and say thanks again for the feedback, Tess OK'd the image and did not find the noise/grain to be too much.
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Re: Long-ago portrait 'washed out'
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2019, 11:22:23 PM »
Jo Ann, I would call it difficult. Nice job and not sure you are done yet, but I would soften the skin so it doesn't look blotchy.



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Re: Long-ago portrait 'washed out'
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2019, 06:56:50 AM »
I could'nt help play with it too a little.. don't know if it's improved or not lol added a 50% grey layer.. soft light, added a lot of noise, blur about 1 px.. embossed for skin texture.. added a sepia color layer .. blurred the lips and teeth a bit..
It's a fun image to play with..



« Last Edit: May 16, 2019, 06:58:26 AM by Lynnya »
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Re: Long-ago portrait 'washed out'
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2019, 07:45:16 AM »
It almost seems like the original is lighter?  The lower part of her ear can use less shading next to the "tube".  I would go for smoothing to but more on her skin than her hair etc.


« Last Edit: May 16, 2019, 12:28:47 PM by Hannie »
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