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Author Topic: Margie's Gallery-Dapper gentleman  (Read 36203 times)

Offline Jo Ann Snover

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Margie's Gallery-Dapper gentleman
« on: November 26, 2016, 05:29:29 PM »
I have another lovely old picture of a handsome man in suit and hat to restore. I have work still do to on the cleanup, but here's a work in progress - click for full size versions

Original



WIP - sepia version (I think I like this better than the monochrome)



and WIP - monochrome



Here's a screenshot of the layers and layer comp setup I use



The original layer is never touched. All the cloning is done on the layers above with the clone or healing brush set to "Current & Below". Especially on more complex images with lots of people, keeping the corrections on separate layers allows for easier changes if you decide to alter an approach. You can still blur edges of objects into one another, but you need another layer above the corrections to do that.

Layer comps are helpful to switch between versions - you can turn layers on or off, change opacity or blend modes.

Questions:

Should I create the man's trousers or was this a vignette where you couldn't see the top of the fade as it was a neutral background?

The hand on the left side of the photograph looks as if it has been mangled in some way - doesn't look like faded original as much as bad cutting out or painting over. If I paint in the trousers, the hands should get re-created too. If there's to be a vignette, then fading the fingertips would make visual sense and I'd just recreate the wrists and top of the hands

I like the texture of the background paper (cleaned up more) versus making this a truly white background. I can do either - suggestions as to which is preferable (or what the rule is)?
Jo Ann

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Re: Margie's Gallery-Dapper gentleman
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2016, 02:46:39 AM »
Jo Ann, I think he great and I like the sepia the best and also keeping the look of the paper. I'm not sure about the hands, as I even thought he might be wearing gloves except you can see his right thumb. Since we don't know if his left hand was mangled, I would not make it that way. Also, maybe turn his hand in a little more. I would leave it Post it with the vignette and will see how it looks.

Margie
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Offline Jo Ann Snover

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Re: Margie's Gallery-Dapper gentleman
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2016, 06:15:31 PM »
I've uploaded this (final?) version as well as posting here (click for full size). I think the hands are in gloves and that what looked like a knuckle was wrinkles in the gloves, but honestly, I'm not certain as the original is so lacking in details. See what you think.

Jo Ann

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Re: Margie's Gallery-Dapper gentleman
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2016, 09:38:59 PM »
Jo Ann, works for me and a big improvement over the original. Thanks.

Margie
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Re: Margie's Gallery-Dapper gentleman
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2016, 05:22:25 PM »
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