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Photoshop recommendation
« on: June 12, 2018, 07:43:04 AM »
Long story as short as possible:

My 19 year old Autistic son just graduated high school after 15 years in school -- pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st-12th but took 5th grade twice. And for 15 years we were told that he would never get to participate in graduation, because he would only receive a certificate of completion, not a diploma.

Ten days before graduation, my son comes home with a picture of himself in a cap and gown. Because of his Autism, he was unable to tell me why they had taken this picture of him. So I contacted his case carrier and asked about it.

The school was going to allow him to 'walk,' to participate in the ceremony! But with accommodations. Because he would be unable to sit for the duration of the ceremony, he would instead go up, shake the dignitary's hand, and then immediately be escorted back off the field to me, waiting for him at the gate to the field.

Because I was to wait for him at the gate to the field, I could not watch him graduate. I couldn't see him up there even a little and could barely even hear them call his name. But I told myself that it was okay, because they had hired a professional photographer to capture the moment.

Then I got the image from the photographer.

You can barely even tell it's my son -- his tassel is in his face to the point of extreme obstruction, and his eyes are closed. And the photographer only took one pic per kid. No alternative pose/option.

I've been devastated about this. The photographer felt bad and gifted me a digital copy of the image so that I could perhaps Photoshop it, but I don't have the skills to do so.

I've tried finding someone who does and can -- one site refused because I'm not a professional photographer. They didn't care about me being the photographer of THIS image, like it was a copyright issue, they just don't do business with anyone who isn't a professional photographer.

The other individual never even contacted me back.

So now I'm here, asking if anyone can recommend someone with Photoshop skills who can fix this image for me. And money, unfortunately, is a consideration.

Any recs would be greatly appreciated.

Here's the pic:

http://www.clientimages.dcphotographyinc.com/203950/ead8794e3
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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2018, 08:17:15 AM »
Tell your son congrats!!!!

My level of skill on photoshop is intermittent, but I think the easiest way to fix would be to get another picture of him where his face can be seen and photoshop it on that picture, while moving the tassel aside. I could definitely give it a shot if you have another picture of your son with similar lighting.

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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2018, 08:32:44 AM »
Tell your son congrats!!!!

My level of skill on photoshop is intermittent, but I think the easiest way to fix would be to get another picture of him where his face can be seen and photoshop it on that picture, while moving the tassel aside. I could definitely give it a shot if you have another picture of your son with similar lighting.


Sadly, I don't. We have other images of him taken that evening but with cell phones, and under very different lighting circumstances -- the professional shot was taken against the setting sun, ours were taken around the corner, in the shade, against a brick wall. There is one pic where his head (head only) is in almost the exact same position, but the lighting is very, VERY different.

Please ignore me -- I'm a train wreck of hideous ugliness:



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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2018, 08:45:33 AM »

Sadly, I don't. We have other images of him taken that evening but with cell phones, and under very different lighting circumstances -- the professional shot was taken against the setting sun, ours were taken around the corner, in the shade, against a brick wall. There is one pic where his head (head only) is in almost the exact same position, but the lighting is very, VERY different.


It doesn't have to be from the same day as long as he's looking straight forward and the shadows along the left side (our right) of his face are similar to the original picture. You could even take a picture to replicate it. Take him outside around the same time of day and take a picture.

I'd also need as high of quality images that you can provide to get the best results.

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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2018, 08:49:47 AM »
Yeah, unfortunately, we don't have anything like that. The few images we have of him were taken with cell phones. We're not professional photographers by any means.

Thanks for trying, though. It's much appreciated.

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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018, 08:54:21 AM »
I can try my best for you if you would like - I'm not perfect at it, but I can try to help. If you are able, PM me and upload the most similar photographs of him possible through a Google Drive folder with a shareable link, and worst case scenario, it doesn't work... but I can try! And don't bash yourself in photographs, you are very happy for your son :)

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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2018, 08:58:15 AM »
KD,

I'm sorry, I suck at tech... what is a Google Drive Folder?

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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2018, 08:59:41 AM »

Please ignore me -- I'm a train wreck of hideous ugliness:



You are absolutely not a train wreck of hideous ugliness, and that is a lovely photo. Unfortunately I have no photoshop skills.

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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2018, 09:00:15 AM »
Yeah, unfortunately, we don't have anything like that. The few images we have of him were taken with cell phones. We're not professional photographers by any means.

Thanks for trying, though. It's much appreciated.

A cell phone pic will work. I'll have to lower the quality of the pro image to match, but it will still be printable so you can frame it. Let me know if you want me to give it a try.

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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2018, 09:10:41 AM »
KD,

I'm sorry, I suck at tech... what is a Google Drive Folder?

It's a way to share big images :) If you have a gmail, you can upload there from an area called "Drive".

You probably / maybe can also just email them over depending on the size.

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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2018, 09:22:50 AM »
I've seen people put similar requests on some of the photoshopping groups on Reddit and get spectacular results within minutes.  You might try that.

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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2018, 09:29:39 AM »
Right now, I'm waiting for the photographer to get back to me. The file he sent me was kind of small -- 108kb -- but I think that is because he embedded it into the email instead of sending it as an attachment.

The image of me and Josiah, taken on a Galaxy S8, is 4.12MB.

Thank you, KD and Lidniz, for your kind words.

I don't do Reddit. I don't even get how that site works. I'm so very NOT tech savvy in any way.

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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2018, 10:23:19 AM »
I could try to do a head swap if you have 2 photos. DM me or send me an email.

Hope you get this sorted out!

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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2018, 10:38:09 AM »
I don't do Reddit. I don't even get how that site works. I'm so very NOT tech savvy in any way.

Reddit is easy.  People make a post; others comment on it.  It's a lot like Kboards but much more varied. Instead of a single Writer's caf, there are thousands of groups devoted to every subject imaginable.

For what you need, I recommend you post on:
https://www.reddit.com/r/PhotoshopRequest/


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« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2018, 11:12:16 AM »
Reddit is easy.  People make a post; others comment on it.  It's a lot like Kboards but much more varied. Instead of a single Writer's caf, there are thousands of groups devoted to every subject imaginable.

For what you need, I recommend you post on:
https://www.reddit.com/r/PhotoshopRequest/

Seconded. They're wizards with Photoshop. If someone on Reddit can't do it for you, probably no one can.

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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2018, 12:27:57 PM »
I love the photo you've posted! There's such joy there. I'd frame it and treasure it always.

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« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2018, 12:46:13 PM »
I love the photo you've posted! There's such joy there. I'd frame it and treasure it always.

I know! It makes me happy looking at it too. A big hug and congrats to your family.

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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2018, 01:23:12 PM »
I love the photo you've posted! There's such joy there. I'd frame it and treasure it always.

I know! It makes me happy looking at it too. A big hug and congrats to your family.

Thank you both. I appreciate that. :)

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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2018, 02:59:54 PM »
This is the best I could do at short notice using the two images you posted here. Of course just using the copyright version, if you can send me the general one I can send you this without the copyright symbol on it.


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Re: Photoshop recommendation
« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2018, 03:20:20 PM »
This is the best I could do at short notice using the two images you posted here. Of course just using the copyright version, if you can send me the general one I can send you this without the copyright symbol on it.




Oh my gosh, I actually burst into tears when I saw this. This is beautiful!

I'm still waiting to hear back from the photographer, to see if he can send me the image in better quality. I also have a much better (or at least bigger) version of the one with me and Josiah. Would it be possible to do this again, with those better quality images? I don't need it to be huge, per se, but I was hoping to print up a 5x7 for his shadow box.

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« Reply #20 on: June 12, 2018, 04:23:55 PM »

Oh my gosh, I actually burst into tears when I saw this. This is beautiful!

I'm still waiting to hear back from the photographer, to see if he can send me the image in better quality. I also have a much better (or at least bigger) version of the one with me and Josiah. Would it be possible to do this again, with those better quality images? I don't need it to be huge, per se, but I was hoping to print up a 5x7 for his shadow box.


Of course! I'd be happy to help. Let me know when you have those high res files.

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« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2018, 05:58:21 PM »
Scarlett, you're awesome.   :-* :D
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« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2018, 04:37:22 PM »
Scarlett, you're awesome.   :-* :D

I second this! 
And to the generosity of others who offered.
What a great new pix and I love the pix of you and your son.

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« Reply #23 on: June 16, 2018, 06:18:43 AM »
Scarlet, you are awesome personified. I was going to volunteer, but so many stepped in. <3

OP, you are wonderful, and look just fine! So proud. Your son worked very hard to get through school, and I'm sorry you didn't get to see the actual walk. To be honest, I was inside for my sons' graduations and I couldn't hardly see anything but tiny, blurred figures or even hear things because so many people were talking, clapping and crying. And the pictures of them onstage getting the diplomas weren't great. I think that's pretty much how they all are. :(
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