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Meet my Nana! A photo restoration from her silent movie days…

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From an ad in 1920 of a movie my grandmother and her sister starred in when they were in their early 20’s.

My “Nana” was Francis Mann, who in her younger days starred in silent movies when the movie industry was located in New York. She and her sister, Alice Mann were both actresses in silent films with her sister becoming more well known with her roles as Fatty Arbuckle’s leading lady in films, acting alongside Buster Keaton.  One was “His Wedding Night” available on Youtube. (She is the blonde with the wavy hair that appears with Buster Keaton in the first scene and throughout the movie.) “Auntie Alice” and “Nana” as we called them later when they were our Great Aunt and Grandmother lived in Hollywood, Florida in the 60s and early 70s and we would visit regularly. We lived with our Nana when I was a senior in High School and we visited on weekends with Auntie Alice. Mom told us stories of Fatty Arbuckle and how he’d come to visit with their fellow actors on Sundays and Arbuckle was famous for his chili. Unfortunately, there was a scandal surrounding Fatty Arbuckle that destroyed his career. Mom always contended that there was no way he did what he was accused of and he was finally acquitted after three trials. (Link to story here).

Here is a still photo from a movie set featuring my grandmother Francis Mann and an unknown actor that I decided to restore:

This is the original photo in a scrapbook my mother kept of her mom – Francis Mann’s movie career (1917).

 

Francis Mann Movie Photo Restored using Photoshop CC 2017.

Here is a Youtube video showing the restoration process and the Photoshop tools used to rebuild the photo:

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“So What Would My House Look Like Whitewashed?”

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I was asked by a client to show what different levels of whitewash might look on his house. A bit of research and I came up with this comparison board. The houses and views on the right are existing houses with different whitewash treatments.  I used Photoshop CC (2014) to create a "paint layer in white" over the bricks and then varied the transparency of the layer to simulate whitewash in varying degrees of opacity.
I was asked by a client to show what different levels of whitewash might look on his house. A bit of research and I came up with this comparison board. The houses and views on the right are existing houses with different whitewash treatments. I used Photoshop CC (2014) to create a “paint layer in white” over the bricks and then varied the transparency of the layer to simulate whitewash in varying degrees of opacity. Do you have a room or house that you would like to see in a different color? Let me know and I will help you out! Email me a photo of the room at ggh830@mac.com and I will give you a quote to “paint” it for you.
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Remove logo and brighten photo

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Remove logo and brighten photo

I was asked to remove this logo and brighten this photo.

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