Huge artistic favor
I'm in need of a huge favor - I'm not sure its even possible. My little brother passed away last month, and we're having some issues finding the picture we want for the vase at his grave. There were a TON of pictures of him, but for one reason or another they all have something that just isn't quite right. We found one that is really good, but has other people in it. I'm curious if it's possible to photoshop the arm around his shoulder out so the picture is basically just him. My mom scanned and emailed me the picture and after looking at it - I'm not sure it's big enough/high res enough for this to work, but I'm not an expert. We would be looking for something that would look good at 4x6 or 5x7 - and considering the circumstances if it isn't going to look good it probably wouldn't get used. I don't know exactly what I'm asking - I guess I'm asking if it's possible first and foremost, and then second would be if anyone is willing to give it a shot.
I know this isn't exactly a happy and sunny question. We took it to a local place but they said it didn't turn out well at all - it was very poor quality. After she emailed me the picture I'm not sure if that was their fault or just a result of the image not scanning well.
Anyway here is the picture - my brother is on the right
if she's still got the original you can scan it in at a much higher DPI. If she doesn't know how - take it to kinkos, they should be able to help with that.
That took me about 7 minutes with my thumb trackball which isn't the greatest for precision work. Just demonstrating how easily what I think you're looking for is done.
What you want can be done, but a higher resolution scan would be ideal. I'd be glad to help with whatever you decide to do.
If I can get multiple photo references I can do it in oils, acrylics, or digital. Here's a sample gallery of my work if you want to consider it =>http://johnkohlepp.daportfolio.com/gallery/202908. I have plenty of board, canvas, and paints just sitting here so it's no sacrifice on my part.
I'm so sorry about your brother. My thoughts go out to you and your family.
My mom is going to try to find somewhere to get a higher quality scan. Wystro - you rock! PM incoming.
our condolences go out to you and your family!
Thanks again everyone.
A few photos I have done http://lillaanya.deviantart.com/gallery/#Photo-Restoration-and-Retouching