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My Grandpa - photo restoration by Lillaanya My Grandpa - photo restoration by Lillaanya
This is a photo of my grandpa in probably his early 20's or so. We found several old photos needing restoration, so I've started working on a few
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xQUATROx Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great job on the restoration and all, but one flaw I found to catch my eye right away was the rough-cut of the man. The DOF blur is not there anymore and the pic now looks weird with those hard edges where everything is clearly supposed to be blurred. Keep an eye of those sharp-cuts and you'll be OK ;)
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dangerousbob Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007  Hobbyist Filmographer
well theres a handsome fellow, good work getting that coffee out
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Lillaanya Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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BowEchoMedia Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Professional Photographer
That's a great job! I'm just wondering... What did you use to do it? Mouse or tablet, Photoshop or another program? I'm working on my own photo restoration for my grandparents, and so far the mouse has become my worst enemy while Photoshop's being really uncooperative.
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Lillaanya Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
I did those in Photoshop Elements 'casue that's what my mom has on her PC at her store, at home I normally work in PS7 and PSP8. I did use a tablet, I actually had just gotten a wacom intuos just before I started those, and it definately beats a mouse any day for control over what you are doing, not to mention no more hand cramps hehe.

I don't know anything about the techniques you are using, but I would like to offer one little tip. Try and use the smudge tool as little as possible when doing a photo restore. For cracks and dust etc, try and stick to the clone and heal brushes as much as possible or else you will end up loosing the inherent graniness of the photo.
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BowEchoMedia Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
I am going to keep all that in mind. I'll probably get a tablet this weekend and play with it until I get the feel.

I've definitely stayed away from the smudge tool and stuck with the clone and heal brushes, but the work I have to do on my grandpa's face in the photo is pretty tricky. I don't know where to pick my colors and textures up from because most of it is covered with mold. ( :( ) Hopefully with the tablet I'll be able to make those corrections a little more easily.

Thanks so much for the tips! I really appreciate it!
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Pixie-Wildflower Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
Super work on the restoration!
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Lillaanya Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you :D
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Aral3D Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!!Wonderful job!!!!:clap: really professional!:clap:
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Lillaanya Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you :D
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