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In this course, professional photo restorer Janine Smith describes how to use Photoshop to restore, retouch, and enhance old or damaged photos. It covers evaluating scanned images for imperfections, using the Clone Stamp tool and other Photoshop tools, and addressing common problems and their fixes, starting with the basics (fading, spots, and paper texture) and continuing with more complex challenges (rips, adhesive tape, ink marks, mold, and more). Also included are methods for fixing exposure problems and colorcast as well as advanced techniques in photo restoration, such as replacing backgrounds and recreating missing facial features and body parts. The course includes a project that takes an image from damaged start to restored finish.
Now that we've clean things up a bit, we want to go back in and add some definition to the highlighted places on her face, the places that protrude more--her nose, cheeks, forehead, chin--and also maybe get rid of this dark spot that was caused by our repair. And to do this, we're going to add a new fill or adjustment layer, and select Curves, bring the histogram up toward the upper left-hand corner. Now we will invert our layer mask-- Ctrl+I or Command+I--select your Brush tool if it's not already. And of course you can adjust it using your open and close bracket keys and just start painting in the areas.
We want a little definition. This again is a multilayer process. You can do a really rough one the first time, just getting these areas that naturally catch more light. Then you can go back in a little more defined next time. You can do the opposite: you can bring your histogram down toward your lower right-hand corner and do the darks also. When you're through painting in your light, or your dark areas, go up to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
We just want it to be blurred on the edges, but enough that there is no distinct line like this. You want it to--see how you can still see the shape of the light? You want it a little more than that--maybe 2.5 pixels. You don't want to go too far the other way there either and just blow it out, so there's no definition and it goes another areas. And click OK. And when you look at the before and after, you can see how white that is, and that just tells you you need to bring your Opacity down. Bring it down pretty far; we want this to be a subtle layering, so you'll do maybe another layer of light and then another layer of dark.
Then you will bring out a little bit of the definition of her face, so it just doesn't look flat. Just lighten things up a little bit. It may not be perfect yet, but we're not done, so we need to keep going. And the next thing we'll do is do an overall softening of the picture.
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