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By LisaRose
This is one of the pictures that I have been restoring. The paper was very textured, and the scan was a copy of a copy, so I didn't have very good information to work with. I think it was taken in the 1930's.

I am pleased with how it turned out so thought I would share with my cyber friends. Wink

**This is not for votes, but comments are welcomed.** Smile

I just realized I need to work on her ear some more.

Edit: I added a varient after working on it a bit more.

Tags: Portraits and people

Voters: C_Daniels, gary_d, KarenFB and 39 more

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gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
2 Oct 2008 9:15PM
Must say a fine job well done. - gary

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LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
2 Oct 2008 9:17PM
Thank you Smile
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
2 Oct 2008 9:21PM
You have done a good job - it's not easy to restore some of these old shots! I can see the area you mean on her ear, but it looks fuzzy on the original too, what will you do? A little burning, or clone the hair a little lower?
LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
2 Oct 2008 9:35PM
Thanks Karen, I am not sure yet. I will probably have to be looking at an ear so I can lightly burn in the basic shape. The original is to damaged.
Briwooly 12 452 5 England
2 Oct 2008 9:37PM
Nice work Lisa

SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
2 Oct 2008 9:38PM
I think you've done this very well, and it's a super portrait.
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2008 9:44PM
Well done. I have no doubt you have put a lot of work in to this.

bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2008 9:45PM
Wow. Well done.

KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2008 9:51PM
excellent restoration Lisa
LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
2 Oct 2008 9:53PM
Thank you Everyone...and yes I have put a lot of work into this, but it is something I love to do so it doesn't feel like work. Smile
Photogene 12 176 Wales
2 Oct 2008 10:06PM
I think you've done a wonderful job restoring this image, very well done Lisa.

LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
2 Oct 2008 10:10PM
Thank you Richard.
BlueRoom Plus
12 73 20 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2008 10:11PM
This sort of work is a lot more difficult than it looks and the hardest thing is retaining the feel of the original. I think you have done that splendidly here. Congratulations.

2 Oct 2008 10:20PM
Great restoration, you have done a good job, have you tried cloning some of the marks on her forehead, nose and ear using a soft brush at aprox 50%,
LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
2 Oct 2008 10:25PM
Thank you Eric, and Sylvia. Yes, Sylvia I have. The whole image was covered in stripes and spots. It has been quite a challenge, I am still working on refining it. Thanks so much for the suggestion. Smile
Pegon 12 78 1 England
2 Oct 2008 10:33PM
You've done a great job Lisa.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3865 Canada
2 Oct 2008 11:10PM
Good work.

LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
3 Oct 2008 12:00AM
Thank you Smile
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
3 Oct 2008 3:39AM
Very nice work.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
3 Oct 2008 6:58AM
Excellent restoration Lisa. Carol
LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
3 Oct 2008 7:18AM
Thank you Everyone, your comments are very much appreciated. Smile
videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2008 5:11PM
Superb restoration--Well Done
LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
4 Oct 2008 7:36AM
Thanks Pete.
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
4 Oct 2008 8:13AM
The work you have done is very pleasing and I feel that you have gone as far as you should so as to retain the 1930's style of photography we associate with that era.

dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
4 Oct 2008 6:26PM
excellent work ... lovely image
uggyy 12 2.1k 9 Scotland
5 Oct 2008 12:37AM
very well worked, something I like to do as well Smile it can be very rewarding..

chuckspics 11 14 United States
5 Oct 2008 4:39PM
Its a great job youve done for a friend, to top it off an antique 30"s frame and its been nailed to perfection, Chuck
DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
5 Oct 2008 11:32PM
So pleased you put this up's fantastic the work you have done & the results you have achieved.
It's encouraging me to carry on with some work I started on some photos of my grandparents from the 1930's.
LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
5 Oct 2008 11:52PM
Thank you Everyone Smile
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2008 8:06AM
Your PS skills are getting better nice work. Dave
KKmoments 11 12 1 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2008 8:44PM
Amazing transformation ... I've read it can be done but this is the first i've seen done from a copy of a copy.... well done on your ps skills ... Karen Smile
franfoto 10 2 32 England
9 Oct 2008 12:40AM
I've done a fair amount of restoration work so know how time consuming a tedious it can be. You have done a really good job on this one as the before and after shows. The variant just finishes it off beautifully. well done Lisa.
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2008 8:50AM
Very impressed with all the work you've put into this and the amazing end result which retains the feel of the original and now won't fade.
Hmmm, you've now put me in mind for a christmas present for my parents as I have a box full of old family portraits
fatherpie 9 18 12 England
9 Oct 2008 10:26AM

Quote:This sort of work is a lot more difficult than it looks and the hardest thing is retaining the feel of the original. I think you have done that splendidly here. Congratulations.


Totally agree with Eric. Well done
Dave Smile
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
9 Oct 2008 8:45PM
I've done quite a bit of this sort of thing myself Lisa, and I know how difficult it can be. You've done a great job. Here's a tip for restoring parts that are missing in a photo, such as the ear in yours; put up another photo which is similar, and clone a part from it, it really helps. Also, the gap in the hair on the left in this one draws attention away from the face; I'd fill it in, but I'd also keep this copy as it is.

LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
9 Oct 2008 8:55PM
Thanks Everyone Smile

Great ideas Denny, I appreciate it.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
11 Oct 2008 9:43AM
good work
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
14 Oct 2008 11:21PM
Well I think you have done a super job here Lisa, well done.
18 Oct 2008 7:36AM
i cant see version,you have great pf
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
20 Oct 2008 5:20AM
This is quite impressive. I had not noticed the work around the ear until you mentioned it and I could flip back and forth. I really like the version feature for this exect reason.

EllieEdge 10 15 42 Norway
11 Nov 2008 6:46PM
Great work.
I have a book on the subject that I haven't had time to dig into yet but amazon has a "look inside" for it so unless you have got this book already you might be interested.
It is called Digital restoration from start to finish.

- Ellie
LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
14 Nov 2008 7:52PM
Thank you Ellie, I do have that book, it is a good one. Smile

ChrisOs Plus
13 2 1 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2008 4:12PM
Good work. That was quite a challenge.
28 Jan 2009 1:16AM
Hi Lisa, Hope you like my mods. I've been doing retouching work since 1988. Just ask if you need any tips. Glad to help.

LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
28 Jan 2009 9:17PM
Hi Stuart,

Thanks for doing the mod's, they look good, and I just might take you up on that sometime.

C_Daniels 13 399 10 England
22 Jul 2009 3:25PM
you've done very well considering the amount of lines, any tips on getting rid of them...?

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