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Monday, October 27, 2008

Image Restoration V

This is the final retouched image. Retouching airbrush art was much harder than I'd anticipated as there are so many rolling gradients everywhere, it's not easy to find a good cloning source. There were other pieces to fix as well: working from a printed piece as opposed to the original art, paint giving off reflections when photographed etc. etc. Give me a shout if you want to hear more about any aspect of the assembly required for the book – technical or editorial.


Anonymous said...

Norman, these retouch step-by-step posts are invaluable! i can't imagine what they did pre-photoshop to get these results... seems they would've had to work on the image itself...


Norman Hathaway said...

Well with that particular image it wouldn't have been possible.

Good separators could correct color casts, but not much else without considerable expense - dot etching, or making dupe transparencies or prints and hand retouching with dyes and/or paint.

But Overspray gives a pretty accurate portrayal of what the art was intended to look like.

Brad said...

Wow Norm! So I just sat down and read through all your blog posts thus far, and I am truly impressed! Top notch stuff here! Keep 'em coming!

Can't wait for my copy of the book to arrive!


Norman Hathaway said...

oh, so you visited the picturebox site then?

SBL Photo Restoration said...

Really good.

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Norman Hathaway
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Norman Hathaway is a designer and writer whose primary focus is on contemporary, lesser-known design techniques and personalities. Norman's professional experience has spanned many design disciplines, from sign painting to filmmaking. His clients included The Design Museum, The Royal Academy of Arts, Paul McCartney and Peter Gabriel. He has lectured widely on design at the London College of Printing, The Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths College and other schools. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his daughter Wilma.
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