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Repairing documents

From: Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos

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Old photos will never look new, no matter how much you restore them, nor should they. You can however make an old document look new by taking out the age, color and cloning way all the damage, but why would you want to. The trick to restoring historical documents is to just fix areas of text of writing and leave the rest of it alone. Here's just one way to fix text. Begin by duplicating your original layer by using keyboard shortcut Ctrl on a PC Command on a Mac plus j. Zoom in very- very close to your work using the zoom tool this little magnifying glass, lets go right here, lets go down back one using Ctrl or Command minus key to about 100%.

Repairing documents

Old photos will never look new, no matter how much you restore them, nor should they. You can however make an old document look new by taking out the age, color and cloning way all the damage, but why would you want to. The trick to restoring historical documents is to just fix areas of text of writing and leave the rest of it alone. Here's just one way to fix text. Begin by duplicating your original layer by using keyboard shortcut Ctrl on a PC Command on a Mac plus j. Zoom in very- very close to your work using the zoom tool this little magnifying glass, lets go right here, lets go down back one using Ctrl or Command minus key to about 100%.

With an area like this one is actually better to leave it alone, if this was just missing type it would be super easy to fix and so would repairing this discoloration. But ending this rip so it looks natural is a bit more advanced and time-consuming. So we're going to move on to another area. Let's move down here, where this name is partially missing. In the case of a partially missing historical signature, if you have no other reference to sample from, it's better to leave it the way it is.

A signature is unique and you can't change it, but in this case this name is repeated twice and it's all been written by the same person. So what we want to do is go over here let's look at this W its rather distinctive and see if one of these matches up and I think this one actually does a little better so work on a borrow this name right here. So let's go over here and get our Lasso tool and we are going to select around it and grab it.

Now we're going to put it on its own layer Ctrl+J on a PC, Command+J on a Mac and go over here and did you move tool, we're going to just move that down, lets move our screen, we're going to click on it and move it down and put it right there and your match up line will be this line right here, if you need to tweak it use your downward arrow key, your up arrow key and your right and left. If you want to check where it is, see if it's basically in the right area, lower the Opacity and bring it back up if you like where it's at then you need to go over here to your Eraser tool and lower Opacity to around 20%.

Let's go back with our magnifying glass or zoom tool, get in one more step and back to our Eraser tool. Now we're going to take pieces out at a low Opacity and try to blend this two areas in. If you have this big area and you know that you're a long way from something you're going to need like to blend there's a big blank space, bring your Eraser back up, erase the portion, get it nice and clean and then lower your Opacity again.

There's no one setting through the whole restoration for anything. You're going to be changing all the time. To make this look a little more authentic like the rip didn't happened as deep into the signature as it did, take a little bit off the P may be even little off the E and get this edge right here.

Don't make it go away completely because then there would be no point in fixing it like this. Just get your whole edge so there's no hard edge that's the point in a low Opacity Eraser is to leave the soft edge and a good blend, just to be safe go over here on this line that we've replaced and get it so the one under it shows like that.

Okay lets zoom out and see what we've done here and his name is complete again, lets see our before and after. Even though the signature isn't completely the same, it was all written by the same hand so it's perfectly all right. Document restoration requires a little different workflows and photos most of the time, but its still much the same process, work close up, take your time and be sure to keep that old paper look and feel of the document.

Put your original in an archival plastic sleeve and keep it flat. Frame and display your restoration with a good restoration no one will know the difference.

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Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos

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  1. 1m 40s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 13m 20s
    1. Identifying your media
      2m 45s
    2. Determining your equipment needs
      2m 24s
    3. Setting your scanner
      3m 26s
    4. Scanning negatives, slides, and film
      1m 11s
    5. Digitizing damaged and delicate photos
      3m 34s
  3. 10m 51s
    1. Importing photos into the Organizer
      3m 34s
    2. Adding captions and notes
      2m 47s
    3. Adding keyword and smart tags
      4m 30s
  4. 25m 11s
    1. Using Levels
      4m 7s
    2. Fixing fades with Threshold
      3m 22s
    3. Adjusting contrast using Color Curves
      4m 18s
    4. Darkening images with blend modes
      2m 12s
    5. Adjusting brightness and contrast
      2m 2s
    6. Using Quick Fix for lighting
      4m 12s
    7. Fixing automatically with Guided Edit
      4m 58s
  5. 18m 59s
    1. Using Levels to fix color
      3m 29s
    2. Correcting color automatically with Enhance
      3m 39s
    3. Correcting color with complementary colors
      5m 19s
    4. Using Color Variations
      3m 28s
    5. Using Quick Fix for color
      3m 4s
  6. 22m 37s
    1. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      5m 24s
    2. Using the Healing Brush
      5m 5s
    3. Working with newspaper and magazine images
      3m 12s
    4. Softening paper texture
      4m 40s
    5. Taming fingerprints
      4m 16s
  7. 42m 52s
    1. Repairing small rips and creases
      4m 22s
    2. Repairing large tears
      8m 22s
    3. Filling in missing pieces
      5m 36s
    4. Reassembling a photo from pieces
      10m 12s
    5. Fixing and replacing backgrounds
      5m 0s
    6. Using Photomerge with panoramas
      3m 59s
    7. Repairing documents
      5m 21s
  8. 22m 48s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 1s
    2. Making a calendar
      3m 52s
    3. Creating a personalized greeting card
      4m 26s
    4. Making a slideshow (Windows only)
      4m 22s
    5. Creating a flyer
      4m 7s
  9. 25s
    1. Final thoughts
      25s

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