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General Techniques / Re: Sharing tips I find useful
« Last post by Lynnya on October 07, 2021, 11:27:40 AM »
Hey Jan Welcome Welcome! look forward to working with you.  I plan on putting a simple example of motion blur later just to show how  useful it is in the real world..  :)
General Techniques / Re: Sharing tips I find useful
« Last post by jmpndgs on October 07, 2021, 05:37:11 AM »
Hi all,
Iím new to OPR and have been reading through as many old threads as I can, to get tips and techniques. This is by far the most useful that Iíve seen!!! Thank you so much for starting the conversationÖhaving all these great posts in one thread is invaluable. Looking at the wonderful results, Iíve been curious about your work flows, and these posts are providing some insight.
Thanks for all the tips!!
General Techniques / Re: Sharing tips I find useful
« Last post by Mhayes on October 07, 2021, 01:58:32 AM »
Thanks Lynnya and Jo Ann for the great tips. Keep em coming.

I use the clone tool, but not near as much as I use the lasso tool to capture a good section I want to add to another area. I put it on its own layer and move into place where I will transform  to size and rotate. Then I do a conceal all  layer mask and brush back in what I want with a soft brush. If I like it I may do a merge visible and continue with different layers. By doing that I am matching the sharpness/blur of the original.
Moderate / Re: New baby
« Last post by Jo Ann Snover on October 06, 2021, 07:40:58 PM »
I've drawn over your image with where I think the man's legs are. The notch in his shorts is I think the way they're made - i.e. not damage. I used other colors for the baby and the sofa. Not sure if there's a baby's foot somewhere around the man's shorts-edge (where his legs meet).

Does this help?
General Techniques / Re: Sharing tips I find useful
« Last post by Jo Ann Snover on October 06, 2021, 07:27:11 PM »
Really good idea to share tips and ways of working. There are typically many ways of doing things in Photoshop and it's always good to have some lane markings on the road :)

I have a couple of additional comments on your list.

1. I give many thumbs up to keeping editable layers. I'd add: label layers so you can easily keep track; keep all your pixel layers at the "bottom" and put adjustment layers on top. When working with adjustment layers, have clone and healing brushes set to "Current & Below" so that the pixel layers you're working on don't "bake in" the color or tone adjustments.

4. My way of adding texture is to use the healing brush with the source set to some detail-free area of the image. You won't transfer the colors, just the texture and then it will look like other things in the image. It may help to turn off the "Align" checkbox on the healing brush so you can keep going back to the same area for each set of brushstrokes.

My list includes

- Have Shadows and Highlights layers - pixel layers set to Multiply and Screen blend modes respectively. I paint on those and then blur (Gaussian Blur filter or the blur tool) to add some depth to restored areas that don't have shadows or highlights. Because they're separate from your restoration layers, you can change opacity (or Select all and delete if you decide mid-restore that you've got it all wrong!)

-I use Layer Comps (sometimes; only if things get complicated) to turn various layers on and off so I can check my work

-Use the Percentage (size) and Angle in the Clone Source tool when you need to grab a fabric or wall/floor from somewhere but it needs to be larger or at a different angle. It takes a bit to become good at guessing the right angle, but you can always Undo, change the number and try again until things line up.

- Always try to match the sharpness/blur of the original when painting/cloning things in - the blur brush on the edges works wonders.

-Outlines! I've mentioned those a time or ten :) I copy the Blue channel and paste it into a layer. Then put another layer set to a blend mode that lets you see the colors and paint outlines in bright colors around details that are hidden in the color version of the original. Turn of the blue channel layer and then turn the outlines on whenever you're lost as you work on the damaged areas.

Moderate / New baby
« Last post by Lynnya on October 06, 2021, 05:05:47 PM »
Hi everyone and specially JoAnn.. can you see where this young mans right leg ends.. I've pretty much got the rest of it down pat but not sure about that knee..all help appreciated..

General Techniques / Sharing tips I find useful
« Last post by Lynnya on October 06, 2021, 04:51:36 PM »
Hi gang.. I'm a bit rusty coming back after a year of doing nothing but I wanted to share a couple of tips that could maybe be helpful to new people coming in.

1. To keep all my layers editable and not stamp all my layers into one (shift contrl alt E) where I can't get back beyond that stamp I "image - duplicate image" check the box "duplicate merged layers only". I then have a nice flat image to "steal" stuff from like a leg, or piece of clothing which I can copy onto a new layer in the layer pallet I'm working with. I usually delete that copy and maybe create a new one later down the road..Some tools seem to work better on a "flat" image.

2. To copy anything from the blue channel, say onto a separate layer I always use "copy" then "paste special - paste in place" - plops your copy exactly where it should be in the working image. I also do the same with parts I "steal" from my "duplicate image" if I need something. If I use parts from the blue channel I often color that part (which is grey) with a hue saturation set to "colorize" and match the color.. works some of the time.

3. I use - Blur - motion blur. Works wonders on fabrics, curtains, hair.

4. I add noise on a 50% gray layer at the end and blur that noise to create a realistic texture.. just a tad.. I try not to overdo.

5. After color correcting my image I look at my hue/sat and crank up each color to see where the color casts may still lurk, often reducing a magenta or red with the sat slider set to that color will work wonders.

I have found these hints very helpful so I wanted to share with those who maybe were not aware.  If you have tips to share I'd love to hear them.. we can never have too many tools in the box.

I value others comments and critiques.. that's the way I learned.. bit nerve wracking at times but well worth it for the final picture to give back to someone who has lost that image or even a person.
Happy cloning!
Moderate / Re: Girl eating
« Last post by Mhayes on October 06, 2021, 12:10:31 AM »
Levb great work on a really hard restore.  Nice  to see how details pulled out. Jo Ann I think you could be right about the TV, but its going to pretty much stay in the shadows. I guess a lighter outline--as in gray could give more definition--but it may just have to stay dark in the shadows. The most important parts are now in place.
Moderate / Re: Girl eating
« Last post by Jo Ann Snover on October 05, 2021, 09:02:54 PM »
Following up on Lynnya's point about the blue channel, something I find helpful is to draw some outlines over the blue channel (on a separate layer) so I can look at those over my work in progress to see if I'm on track.

I did that with your WIP as the legs of the high chair and the kitchen table are missing right now and the perspective of the floor boundary with the living room is a bit off.

Take a look at the blue channel and your current WIP with the outlines to see if that helps.

I think, but it's really hard to tell, that there's a TV in the living room against the far wall. It's all very dark though, so getting the rough shapes correct will probably work fine with no details. I think the floor is brown with a darker brown "pattern" - a grid. Just make sure you blur the grid so it matches all the other edges (i.e. very out of focus) in the image.

Hope this helps.

Moderate / Re: Cutie in a mess
« Last post by Shadow on October 05, 2021, 08:17:12 PM »
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