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Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos

Working with newspaper and magazine images


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Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos

with Janine Smith

Video: Working with newspaper and magazine images

Moire pattern is the effect you see, those dots and squares when you scan a photo from the newspaper. If we zoom-in close on the photo in this historic newspaper, you can see the dots or Moire pattern clearly. What we need to do is sort of connect the dots of the pattern and make it a little less obvious. Begin by making a duplicate of the original layer either by keyboard shortcut Ctrl on a PC or Command on a Mac, plus J. Double-click on your layer name and rename it.
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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

Working with newspaper and magazine images

Moire pattern is the effect you see, those dots and squares when you scan a photo from the newspaper. If we zoom-in close on the photo in this historic newspaper, you can see the dots or Moire pattern clearly. What we need to do is sort of connect the dots of the pattern and make it a little less obvious. Begin by making a duplicate of the original layer either by keyboard shortcut Ctrl on a PC or Command on a Mac, plus J. Double-click on your layer name and rename it.

We'll name this one Moire and click next to it to accept. With the duplicate layer selected, go up to the Filter menu and select Blur and then Gaussian Blur. You want to have a very light hand with the blur. If you go too heavy with it, it can make a real mess. Move the Radius slider up to see how it will affect the look of the photo, then bring it back down to the low end.

I'll try a Radius of about 1.5 pixels, then click OK to accept. Let's see what it look like before and after, and to get a better look, let's zoom-in again. Bring it up to his face and see before and after. It's quite a difference. If you feel the result is a little on the soft side and you'd like to get a bit of sharpness back, then duplicate this Moire layer with keyboard shortcut Ctrl or Command+J, double-click it, and rename it sharp.

Then go back to the Filter menu, select Other, and then High Pass. Let's move it over a bit to see his face. The higher the Radius value in High Pass, the sharper the results. So try your Radius a little over 10 pixels. Let's try a setting of about 14 and click OK. Now, go to the layer Blend mode menu, and select Overlay. If the results seem a little harsh, you can always go back into the layer Blend modes and try something else.

Let's change it to Soft Light. That looks a little better. Again, let's look at the before and after of the sharpness. Let's hide the two top layers and see our real before; there's our blur, and with a little sharpness brought back in, that looks much better. Moire pattern on a photo taken from a newspaper can be very distracting. The Moire pattern will never go away completely.

The object is to make it look better. Just a few simple steps can connect those dots and give you a clearer picture.

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