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You are truly an artist, Phyllis. Being able to rescue a damaged photograph is a labor of love. Sometimes those photos are all we have left of a loved one. If I could vote for this gallery twice, I would :)
You've done amazing work Phyllis. Thanks for sharing.
jessica in louisiana
PLease email me at swtgrl1910@aol. com. i need your help
I find hair being the hardest
to blend. You do an excelent job
Hi! I'm Lerma from Philippines.
I was first captured by your shots and then discovered your photoshop tutorials.
It's nice learning from a pro like you. You made it easy and fun for me. I think I'll visit your site often.
Regards to you and your family,
Hello, my compliments for your nice work!
Please come see my photos sometime?
Best regards, Tom from The Netherlands.
Hello, My name is Gila and I am from Israel.
I accidently entered your beautiful gallery and was amazed by your skills. You made me smile!
Keep up the good work.
This is wonderful - what a great skill to have mastered!
Just wanted to compliment your excellent restoration work. I hope you are very successful for the great work you do!
wonderful job at the retouching and restoration! congrats! especially love the first one where you made the pink and white dress.. outstanding!
Wow, you are an expert in retouching. Good job.
Thank you, Eldar. I work beween 20 minutes and 2 hours on each, depending on what it needs, or if it's damaged. There's no "magic" involved, just hand tool work. You can't do much portrait retouching the "easy" way with only levels, curves, and filters, as you can with scenics, for example. When faces are involved, you have to use plain old-fashioned manual methods. For more info on retouching, see the Retouching Tutorials on my photo site at
Phyllis you are a magician, is this Photoshop only, how much time you spend on each pic ? No one else can do it like you ! I should be a millioner...
Thanks, Les, and good question. He supplied a color photo of the uniform with the ribbons on it.
Brilliant - just wondered how much time and research went into getting the colours correct on the ribbons in image 11
I found this very interesting.
Phyllis, you have a one TOP GALLERY here.
Very interesting and promising.
Vive la difference !!!
Paul, there's no room here, but... Come to my photo participation site at
where many of these challenges originated, sign up (free), PM me to say it's you, and I will post a tute on it in our tutorials forum! :) Thanks for asking about an important topic that needs a tutorial anyway!
hi...! can u illuminate how you erase backgrounds and put in new ones? How do you cut out the people... down to their hair... so perfectly? I would LOVE to know. =)
Excellent work... you have done even the smallest detail perfectly.
I enjoy your works... thanks for sharing.
These are terrific Phyllis - it looks like you've been having some fun. I'll bet you could make a small fortune with your weight reduction techniques! :-) Tracy!
Thanks, Gene. Actually it's still done with "paint and brushes, " but now the paint is digital, as are the brushes. :)
I really like the work you've done here Phyllis. I especially like the the black & white work, in particular the coversion to color. My mother used to color BW photos for Olan Mills photography, and I always admired her work. Of course then it was with paint and brushes :)
Some of the best retouching work I have seen, all are excellent.
I am so glad that you have shown what can be accomplished in Touch Up techniques, including your extreme examples. There appears to be no limits to these techniques. No photo need be lost because of poor light or other adverse conditions. What is required is time and patience and perseverance! It is an eye opener! However, there can also be beauty in real life, warts and all. Thanks for showing us what is possible!
Wonderful and laid out perfectly. Easy to see the before and after. The work on these pictures shows just what can be done to save or enhance photos.
These are all really good!
Rainer, thank you! Yes, I do use Photoshop 7 for retouching.
You really do great with PS (if you use PS). Clean and profesional looking. Bravo
Thanks, Mattias. I try not to change anyone too drastically unless I'm just playing around, as I was with the #013 weight reduction pic and the old-to-young Aunt Sophia. Those two are unrealistic, but were just for practice...it's fun to see how far you can go! But you are correct that most folks don't want toooo much of a change...usually just a bit of shadow brightening, a bit less wrinkling, or perhaps a new background.
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