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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 done a black-and-white adjustment, we can maybe see a little more of the damage. It'd be a good time to come back and repair some more of it. Let's bring it up here close. See all these little specs? They were there before of course, but they might be a little more obvious now. If you're going to use your Clone Stamp tool of course. Again, make a new blank layer, but let's start off using our Healing brush. So we want to combine our layers: Shift+ Ctrl+Alt+E, Shift+Command+Option+E on a Mac.
Let's go over and get our Spot Healing brush. I'm in Photoshop CS5, and I'm going to use Content-Aware. Just began tapping on your specs. You can lower your brush size with your open bracket key, and the opposite, your close bracket key to make it larger. And just start healing some more damage. You can switch up your tools; in fact, it's--in fact, I encourage you to do so.
If you find an area things look too rough, just go over, grab your Patch tool, take it to a clean area, be careful not to make more damage for yourself--which brings up a good point. Sometimes your Patch tool is going to do that, and it will also blur, so you need to be very careful with your Patch tool to do small areas. Again, at the end, and it's preferable to do your Clone Stamp layer after all your other layers.
If you're going to use your new blank layer, you could finish things up with that. Move up and down your picture. Just get as much of your damage, of the new damage or the old damage, but the stuff you can see more. Don't worry about fixing it all; again, this is something you can do throughout. I'm back to cleaning up over and over. So let's have a look after we have cleaned up a little more and bring it in a little closer, and things look a little cleaner.
Next, we're going to paint on some highlights in the face, get rid of some of these areas that are a little darker than they should be.
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