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Vintage Sepia Woman

It’s been a really long time since I’ve posted a before and after. They’re quite fun to do; in some weird way, they are kind of like putting together a 1,000 piece picture puzzle. However, you do come across photos that are so damaged, they’re not worth doing in m opinion. Why? Because then you’re no longer just restoring, you’re literally rebuilding from scratch, and they often wind up looking like vector art instead of a restored photo.

The photo I found below really wasn’t that damaged in my opinion, however, what mad it difficult was were the damages where located. The biggest problem I had was her eyes. Fixing eyes are not my strong points. But, it’s still important to practice. Any photographic artist will tell you, restoring a photo with damaged eyes is one of the most difficult things to do.. Sometimes the damage is so bad, you have to copy from the good eye. Problem? Our eyes are never the same size or proportion, making copying difficult. If your not careful, you can easily make the person look like they have down syndrome; make the person look like they have a cut out from a newspaper and pasted on face. I’m satisfied with my result here. I try to strive to make the eyes look natural instead of perfect. If I did not show you the before photo, I don’t think the average person would notice the imperfections. Disclaimer: The photographer for the photo below is unknown, so I can’t determine its copyright or origin. However, I am using the photo in compliance with fair use; to educate others as to what can be done with old photos; and to also demonstrate my photographic editing capabilities.

BEFORE

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AFTER

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