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Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos
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Taming fingerprints


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Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos

with Janine Smith

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Even though touching a photo may seem harmless the oils and skin contain acids. Harmless touch soon burns into the chemicals of a photo and becomes a permanent resident. If the fingerprints are around the edges of a photo or in a non-detailed area they can be easier to repair, but one left in an important area can be a bit more of a challenge. Let's duplicate the original photo using keyboard shortcut Ctrl on a PC Command on a Mac + J. And now let's rename the layer by double-clicking on the layer name and naming it pop, and click next to it to accept.
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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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Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos
2h 38m Intermediate Nov 11, 2010

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In Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos, professional photo restorer Janine Smith shows how to bring new life to old photos. The course begins with a look at the types of photos that may require restoration, including slides, negatives, prints, and newspaper photos, and options for scanning them. She discusses the types of scanners that are available, from flatbed to film, and the best settings to use for originals. The course then delves into Photoshop Elements tools and techniques to help restore clarity to faded photos and fix problems such as dust, scratches, and tears. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Determining equipment needs
  • Scanning negatives, slides, and film
  • Importing photos in Photoshop Elements
  • Adding captions, keywords, and Smart Tags
  • Adjusting contrast
  • Fixing fading with Threshold
  • Making automatic fixes with guided edit
  • Removing dust, spots, and texture with the healing tools
  • Repairing rips and tears
  • Sharing restored images
Subjects:
Photography Restoration Scanning
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Janine Smith

Taming fingerprints

Even though touching a photo may seem harmless the oils and skin contain acids. Harmless touch soon burns into the chemicals of a photo and becomes a permanent resident. If the fingerprints are around the edges of a photo or in a non-detailed area they can be easier to repair, but one left in an important area can be a bit more of a challenge. Let's duplicate the original photo using keyboard shortcut Ctrl on a PC Command on a Mac + J. And now let's rename the layer by double-clicking on the layer name and naming it pop, and click next to it to accept.

Now, let's go to the toolbar and select the Zoom tool, it's this tool that looks like a magnifying glass. Let's center it over here on this fingerprint, you can barely see it, but it's over here next to the face and zoom in good and tight. 300% might seem a bit too large, but it's really a good place to work. The whole photo is still in focus, you can see everything and you see the detail of the damage. Now let's go over to the toolbar and select the Spot Healing Brush.

It's this icon that looks like a band-aid and the one on the top. We need to lower the size of our brush so it's more in keeping with the size of the damage. Let's use the Left Bracket key to lower our brush size to about six pixels. We're going to use the Content-Aware feature in the Spot Healing Brush, so make sure the radio button next to Content-Aware is checked. Remember with the Spot Healing Brush you don't have to Alt or Option and click on the area you want to take a reference from, you can just start clicking to repair the damage.

Working on the damage in small areas is the best practice. Occasionally, use the brush on areas around the damage to make sure everything is blending well, but don't use too much of the areas around it, because you don't want to start healing things that don't need to be healed. For example, if I pull the brush down this poll to heal the damage I'm getting rid of the poll that also brings up another good point. Be careful about dragging your mouse down large areas especially in long sweeps, it can leave smudgy lines or do things you don't like.

Let me increase the brush size to show you what I mean and let's pull this area right here. You can see how it takes the pixels and really messes them up and smudges them. Let's click Ctrl+Z to undo all that and lower our brush size again to six pixels. The Content-Aware Healing Brush won't always do the trick, you'll probably never use only one tool throughout an entire restoration.

Let's go back over to the toolbar and select the Clone Stamp tool, this rubberstamp. Remember, with the Clone Stamp tool you'll have to use Alt or Option to select the area you want to use as your reference point. This will work best on areas that go from dark to light, that have a distinct start and stop point. Your Healing Brush tool might work better in these areas that are pretty much one tone, but when you get into these lights, and darks, and shadows you might get a better result if you use your Clone Stamp.

When you start with a new tool remember to resize your brush if it's not where you want it to be. If you don't like what you've just done you can always hit Ctrl or Command+Z to undo. Remember, to take new reference points often, see you don't repeat too many pixels. Again, Ctrl or Command+Z if you ever get to a point you don't like. Removing traces left by fingerprints especially in a detailed area can seem daunting, but if you work in small areas change your tools when you need to and don't forget you can always undo something you don't like and start over you'll have those fingerprints cleared up in no time.

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