10 July 2014 by Published in: Uncategorized 1 comment

Sometimes I just get excited when I see a damaged image because I just know how gorgeous it will be when it’s done; I can just see it. Such was the case with this image. I knew that with a little work, this beautiful lady would shine again. I wasn’t even worried when I was hired to do the restoration on a very short date. Nope, this was going to be one of those projects that nearly restored themselves. And so it was.

B4

I started out on the face, of course. I do like the instant gratification, so I never start on something as boring as the background…which isn’t always a good thing because by the time I get to the background I’m so ready to be DONE!

1

Next I darkened the eyes a bit and did some more work on the face. The skin was really coming out nicely, just like I thought.

2

Now working further down the face and neck being very careful to completely do away with any trace of the cracks; the goal, after all, is for someone to look at the finished restoration and never imagine there was any damage to begin with.

3

There’s also some intricate detail work around the neck, namely the necklace. Areas like this can be very telling in a restoration; if the necklace isn’t perfectly restored it can be a glaring tell.

Necklace

Finishing the neck and body, I move on to the background. I tend to start close to the main subject and move outward. No particular reason, just me.

4

Now that I have most of the restoration work done, I think I’d like to see a bit of smoothing applied. When putting on any kind of blur to smooth the skin, it’s important to make sure the eyes aren’t softened as well.

5

I caught one more bit that needed to be restored under one eye, but after that fix it’s done. One day, delivered on time to a happy client. My favorite type of work!

Aft

A before and after comparison:

B4_Aft

Comments

  1. Thu 10th Jul 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Amazing work as always J. Thanks for sharing!

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