Leonard & Mary Ann Higdon photo repair, 1st step - both figures isolation


First, on the left, I took the low-resolution image and trimmed (cropped) the edges to remove a lot of damage. Then, on the right, I selected the bottom edge of the oval to the edge of the image and deleted the damage that was caused by the bottom of the oval frame. Then I selected and deleted the top half of the image. Finally, I selected and deleted small ‘chunks’ of the image on both sides of the heads above the shoulders. Finally I began to carefully select and delete the remnants of the image that were not clothes or heads, starting with Mary Ann’s left arm near the her elbow. I only selected small portions along the clothes edge until I ‘nibbled’ my way in this image to Mary Ann’s ear. That side of Mary Ann’s body in this image above to the right was deleted in about 20 select and delete sequences. Really good selected images are not selected in one long pass. Many small chunks of unwanted image can be selected individually, and then added to a large good selection. In photo repair & restoration, no matter which tool is being used to create a selection, It is important to feather all selections anywhere from 3 to 7 pixels so that the final good selection can be layered over other image layers and blend in seamlessly.


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