Suggestions Please......

Discussion in 'Retouching and Post Processing' started by BigE, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. Hello All,

    My sister in law took this picture of her four boys during an Alaska trip. The photo was taken while they were on a train trip. As you can see there is a nice reflection on the window of the Alaskan mountains, but I would like to eliminate the bottom portion of the reflections, partially the reflections in the boys face. I will be able to eliminate most of the reflections using the basic clone, smudge, etc. techniques. The major obstacle I see is the big white round "things".

    Any ideas??

    FYI, I will be converting this to B&W also.

    Thank you,

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    Original can be found here: http://bige.smugmug.com/photos/347897609_WK8VE-O.jpg
     
  2. getting rid of the light bulbs will be quite a challenge
    i look forward to someone doing it
     
  3. RFCGRAPHICS

    RFCGRAPHICS

    Apr 30, 2005
    Hi Eric

    This was a tough one because I had to guesstimate the musculature of the hidden areas. Whenever possible I ended up using the pen tools to draw a selection of one part of the face and then mirrored it to the other side. In addition to that technique, I used the standard clone and healing tools for the finer areas. I enclosed a link to the full size retouch file in tiff format if you want to continue to play around with it.


    Let your sister in law know she has a good eye for composition :)

    full size retouch file tiff format in a 6MB zip file at
    http://rfcgraphics.com/request/boytrainretouch.zip


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  4. Well done RFC.

    Regards,
     
  5. RFC ... that came out well. Nice work.

    Regards,
     
  6. yeah....
    that came out great
     
  7. RFCGRAPHICS

    RFCGRAPHICS

    Apr 30, 2005

    Thanks guys for the kind compliment. My photoshop skills have grown over the years as a way to correct for my many mistakes as a photographer :)
     
  8. sjlarue

    sjlarue

    Nov 18, 2007
    OH-IO
    you don't happen to have school pictures of the boys do you? or candids where they are smiling sort of the same way?
     
  9. sjlarue

    sjlarue

    Nov 18, 2007
    OH-IO
    How bout this?:biggrin:

    funny.jpg
     
  10. RFC,

    Wow, that is fantastic work! Thank you very much. I will have to try that mirror technique myself. This site is great, I learn so much from these posts. I do have a question, how do you blend the edges of the "copied and mirrored" areas to the original?

    Again, Thank you!
    Eric
     
  11. Yeah that will work for me!. I not too sure i will fly with my sis in law. :biggrin:
     
  12. OK, this is what I have so far.

    Again, BIG Thanks to RFC for all the help.

    Original:
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    Edit:
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    I still have to work on my B&W technique. :Confused:
     
  13. sjlarue

    sjlarue

    Nov 18, 2007
    OH-IO
    The only thing that I would add to that is that you need to do something with the older brother's face. It looks deformed. You could probably use the brother to the left as a copy template and then use liquify to add some character.
     


  14. After looking at it for awhile, I agree with you. I will have to give it a shot. Thank you.
     
  15. sjlarue

    sjlarue

    Nov 18, 2007
    OH-IO
    that is why I was sugesting that if you had another picture of him, that maybe you could use it as a clone source so that you could get the other side right. Or do it like you are adding a person into an image...you should have one that is close.