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Mercedes 350 SL 1980 "Restoration"


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When I opened this barn, it was hard to tell that this was a Mercedes car.
I had only one thought, I had to do what ever was necessary to restore this car to its original state.
After a few hours of Photoshop work it looks brand new again.

chateau_hogemeyer___lost_car_Mercedes 350 SL 1980 1400.jpg
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chateau_hogemeyer___lost_car_Merc 350 SL 1980 1400.jpg
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BlueInGreen

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I really like it Chris! Maybe break up the reflections on the chrome parts a little bit - the leaves in the gaps in the hangar would break up the light I think ;)
 

Eggy

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Hi Chris, I like the idea and concept.
The car looks a bit shiny and bright.
I took the liberty:
 

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Thank you very much Eggy for your comment. I appreciate it.
For my taste your version is too dark now and the car lost most of its "charisma".
 

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I know, but the hangar it is stacked in has not enough light to bring up the beauty of this car.
So I had to make a composite snapshot from the background, applied an average blur layer and used a blend mode (can't remember whitch one) to fit the car with the surrounding. That took away the 'shine' of the car.
 

Rajeev Desai

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Very nice Rajeev...cool job of you!
Thanks! But a small problem if you haven't noticed already : The driver will be sitting in the wrong place now. ;) The steering wheel has "moved" to the other side. lol.

I could've done the corrections, but the laziness got over me...
 
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Don't worry about that. It all depends where you live. Many countries have left-hand traffic. others have right-hand traffic.
 

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Just a thought for those who have CC: isn't it possible to reposition the merc used by Chris with ' perspective warp' to fit the car over the original car?
I think this would give the picture a more smooth perspective look.
I can't do it, I have CS6 but I would like to see the result.
 
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Hi Eggy
I've done my job just with CS6.
I have limited experience with perspective adjustments, and didn't use puppet warp.
It would be very cool if someone here could improve the composite in the way you suggest.
 

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Hi Chris,
That's exactly what I mean. I'm using CS6 too. The puppet warp tool is not easy to handle in this case.
I saw some perspective warp tutorials but I'm curious to see this tool in action in this project.
 

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