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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.
So now we've evened up our facial features just a little bit so they're a little more in keeping with the bottom of the image, a little darker, and now we want to even up the overall tone of the image, where the image is very light on top and a little darker in contrastier down on the bottom. To do this, we will start out with a new transparent layer, add it to the top of our layer stack, make sure our foreground color is set to black, and go up on your toolbar and select your Gradient tool.
Go up to our Gradient dropdown. Make sure foreground to transparent is selected. Now we're going to start at the top of our image and drag down. You can hold down your Shift key, and that'll straighten your line there. Then just let go. Now you'll notice something looks wrong here. And before you panic and think that you broke something, you go and you check all your settings, and you can see that our mode is set to Dissolve and it should be Normal. So let's hit Ctrl+Z or Command+Z to get rid of the gradient we did, hold down your Shift key again, just do it over and drag it down.
Now it may not cover the whole area the first time; just bring it down a little more. You can do that a few times, until it gets somewhere around the place where your contrast starts kicking in and it's a little darker. Next you go over to your Blend modes and select Soft Light. Then you bring your Opacity down somewhere in the 50 to 60% range. Now you'll see the colors are not the same, but the contrast is a little more the same. And now we'll look at what work I did, which is basically the same as what we just saw. We see that we have evened up our tones.
Next, we're going to even up our colors.
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