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i LOVE PHOTO RETOUCHING.

Yes, it's true - everyone wants to be an editor. Me too. Here's a brief explanation of how I go about doing that with pictures. 

 If you have some pictures you'd like restored, please contact me! 

 

The following is an illustration that I found in a box in a family collection. I liked the composition and decided to 'have some fun' with it.

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Click on the image to see an enlarged PDF version. In the original you can see water and mould damage, and it's a fairly simple pen and ink drawing. However, I liked the composition, and wondered what the place might look like in real life.

 

I began by turning everything to greyscale, and adjusting the contrast so the pen lines showed up dark black, and the lighter areas faded to neutral grey. I cleaned out all the areas of sky adn water, replacing them with a 'cloud' filter, and proceeded to re-colorize the tree, the terra-cotta wall, and other areas that seemed like they needed some color. Although you wouldn't mistake this for a photograph, nonetheless, it shows how far some basic illustration and filtering techniques can enhance any type of image, even if this were a pen drawing on a napkin...the same tools and tecnhiques would apply.


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In this image (again, you can click on it for a closeup view) the print that I scanned in was far too low contrast, and the light 'blew out' parts o fthe hand. Instead of trying to recreate what the picture looked like in real life, I decided to go for the dramatic; to crop in just the subject, take the background out entirely, and use the underlighting to hint at what is in the subject rather than reveal it.

 

This I would call an 'artistic makeover', since it takes an extreme departure from 'reality

 

In the picture below, unless you see the images side by side, you might not realize that any enhancement has been done, even though the image itself is a bit surreal. This was a print that was left on a wall in direct sunlight for a couple years... and it had lost all but the magenta color. I straightned the image, made the rust look more like rust, and contrasted it with a greenish background, so the subject really stands out.

 

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The best way for me to work on an image is to have the original. If it's large I can use a digital camera to capture the image, but most images up to 12 x 15 can be scanned in.

When I scan, I use the highest actual setting - 600 x 600 pixels per inch, which is enough to capture even small dust specks, scratches, and in some cases, even film grain itself. This is important: when rotating an image, or removing scratches and tears, the more area there is to work with, the more natural the results will look.

Areas that need to be 'smoothed over' will look wrong - too smooth - if they don't accuratly show the 'film grain' or other texture attributes of the surrounding area.  When cropping out certain elements of a background, or fixing a foreground, it also allows much more accurate outlining so that only the parts you want changed are selected.

If the original is not available, a high resolution scan of yours will do, and if you don't have a high resolution scan, I can still work on it... but results will vary.

 

Other types of originals: As I mentioned before, I can easily work with large format images simply by taking a digital photograph of the object, say, a mural, or rug, or even the side of a building. Other media would include

  • Negatives
  • Slides
  • Drawings

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