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Softening paper texture

From: Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos

Video: Softening paper texture

Photographers used to offer the finish print to their customers on heavily textured paper. It added an artsy look to photos that people were proud to hang out and display in their homes. However, when it comes time to scan a textured photo the light from the scanner reflects in all those little peeks and valleys of texture. So how do we soften the texture while not losing a lot of clarity? Here is one quick and easy way to try. Duplicate the original layer either by keyboard shortcut Ctrl on a PC or Command on a Mac + J, double-click on the layer name and rename it, we'll name this Suzy and click next to it to accept.

Softening paper texture

Photographers used to offer the finish print to their customers on heavily textured paper. It added an artsy look to photos that people were proud to hang out and display in their homes. However, when it comes time to scan a textured photo the light from the scanner reflects in all those little peeks and valleys of texture. So how do we soften the texture while not losing a lot of clarity? Here is one quick and easy way to try. Duplicate the original layer either by keyboard shortcut Ctrl on a PC or Command on a Mac + J, double-click on the layer name and rename it, we'll name this Suzy and click next to it to accept.

Let's zoom in really tight so you can see the texture really, really well. Zoom in with Ctrl or Command and the Plus key a little too far let's go back one that looks really good. Scroll up, let's look at this portion in her hair and over on this side. Now let's go to the Filter menu down to Blur and then Surface Blur, and move it over just a little so we can see the area we want to see.

We want to do a very soft blur, so we'll try a Radius of about 3 and a Threshold of around 24 and click OK to accept. Let's look at our before and after. You see we soften that texture up pretty well, but I think we still need to sharpen it up a little bit. So now we'll duplicate Suzy with Ctrl or Command+J, double-click on the name and we'll name it sharpen and click next to it to accept.

Now we'll go to Filter>Other and High Pass. Use a Radius of about I will go up here and try something pretty high, let's go up around 50, 50.3 is good. You should always experiment with each photo to see what works best with that photo. Now we'll click OK and change your layer Blend mode to Soft Light. Now that we have our sharpening layer we can see that the edges of the hair look a little too sharp, they brought a little too much texture back in, so what we need to do is get rid of that.

I think we mainly want to sharpen the eyes that's the most important part here, the rest can be a little soft. So what we'll do to get rid of that is go down to the bottom of the layers panel and select the Add a layer mask icon. This brings a mask up next to our sharpen layer. Over here in our Color Picker you can see that now white is the foreground color and black is the background color. We need to invert our mask from white to black. So what we'll do is choose Ctrl or Command+Backspace, and now you can see everything through that mask.

To paint in the areas and resharpen the eyes we want to go over to our Brush tool, and again our colors who inverted so our white is our foreground color and that's what we need and we'll start to paint in the eyes to bring back sharpness. Let's get here over the lid, give her a little makeup. This is a 60s photo and they did this sort of thing back then. Let's scroll down and see if anything else needs to be sharp maybe it will give her teeth a little sharpness right here on the edge, no, we don't like that.

If you don't like something simply invert your Color Picker and go back and paint it back up. Let's zoom out and see how it looks before and after. Let's click our Visibility icon and get back to our Background layer. Now let's look at our blur layer and with a little sharpening in the eyes. If that looks a little bit too much, again let's take the Opacity down see if we can soften that up a little about 55% and that looks really good.

No matter how you might like a certain look if it makes the restoration process twice as hard as it could be it may not be worth it. That's always your call of course, but if you have a photo to restore with a heavy paper texture that's cramping your restoration style this maybe a good softening technique to try.

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Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos

40 video lessons · 6064 viewers

Janine Smith
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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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