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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.
If you have an original image, how you scan it is very important to the restoration process. Here's an image that Taz Tally scanned for me. You can learn how he did it and all of the important basics of scanning in his course Scanning Techniques for Photography, Art, and Design. We're going to take this image and work on it from start to finish, beginning with assessing the damage. Let's have a look at it and see our most obvious problems, which would be this rip down the center of her face.
Let's get in a little closer. And that's pretty good a rip; we want to fix that. We've got staining here and some major staining down at the bottom, a lot of specks and spots, some more stains. If you look really close, you can see this is actually part of the background. We want to keep that because nothing looks worse really than taking an old picture and sticking it on some kind of background that doesn't look natural. There's no context, like all the floaty clouds or something.
Let's try to keep a little of the original one. We'll see if that's possible. We have a corner missing here, and those are basically our main problems. Once you see what your main areas of damage are, you can then begin to see how to proceed with your restoration.
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