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Photo Restoration with Photoshop

Converting to black and white


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Photo Restoration with Photoshop

with Janine Smith

Video: Converting to black and white

It seems like it should be an easy process to convert a colored or tinted image to black and white, but there are a few things you can do before conversion that might make it a better black-and-white. Begin by adding an adjustment layer. Go to the bottom of your Layers panel to the half-white, half-black circle, the create a new fill or adjustment layer, and select Curves. What I want to do is bring just a little bit more contrast, darken up the dark areas in this image, and we're going to do that just with one simple click of the black eyedropper in a black area.
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  1. 1m 33s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      13s
    3. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 16m 47s
    1. Customizing your workspace
      2m 17s
    2. Using layers
      1m 58s
    3. Assessing the damage
      1m 52s
    4. Rebuilding color channels in a grayscale image
      3m 47s
    5. Using a Black & White adjustment layer
      1m 57s
    6. Using the Clone Stamp, Healing Brush, and Patch tools
      4m 56s
  3. 27m 30s
    1. Fixing a faded black-and-white photo
      2m 20s
    2. Removing small splits, specks, and spots
      3m 44s
    3. Repairing red-eye
      4m 58s
    4. Reducing paper texture
      4m 34s
    5. Reducing dot patterns in printed photos
      3m 51s
    6. Fixing lens distortion
      4m 19s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      3m 44s
  4. 24m 16s
    1. Fixing large rips, tears, and other damage
      3m 9s
    2. Removing long scratches
      3m 24s
    3. Fixing creases
      5m 8s
    4. Stitching large photos using Photomerge
      3m 17s
    5. Reassembling torn photos
      4m 56s
    6. Replacing missing pieces
      4m 22s
  5. 27m 55s
    1. Removing stains
      3m 48s
    2. Removing ink marks
      2m 34s
    3. Repairing adhesive tape damage on a black-and-white photo
      2m 14s
    4. Repairing adhesive tape damage on a color photo
      6m 1s
    5. Fixing mold damage
      5m 20s
    6. Reducing starburst light glare
      5m 11s
    7. Reducing eyeglass light glare
      2m 47s
  6. 21m 32s
    1. Understanding the basics of levels
      2m 50s
    2. Understanding the basics of curves
      3m 29s
    3. Finding the black, white, and gray points in an image
      3m 28s
    4. Adjusting color levels by channel
      1m 58s
    5. Making selective contrast adjustments
      4m 48s
    6. Adjusting image shadows and highlights
      4m 59s
  7. 18m 13s
    1. Adjusting color with the Photo Filter adjustment
      2m 23s
    2. Correcting color casts using inverse color correction
      3m 2s
    3. Correcting color problems using the Color Balance adjustment
      3m 19s
    4. Correcting color casts using the Variations command
      3m 55s
    5. Correcting color by combining levels and curves
      1m 44s
    6. Improving color by adjusting the hue and saturation
      3m 50s
  8. 33m 14s
    1. Removing distracting elements
      5m 35s
    2. Repairing and recreating backgrounds
      7m 43s
    3. Extracting areas using masks
      5m 5s
    4. Matching colors in elements you add
      4m 11s
    5. Matching textures
      4m 45s
    6. Replacing facial features and missing body parts
      5m 55s
  9. 29m 59s
    1. Converting to black and white
      4m 48s
    2. Enhancing faded color
      3m 30s
    3. Smoothing a subject's skin
      4m 2s
    4. Enhancing black-and-white photos with duotone
      2m 34s
    5. Enhancing the eyes
      4m 10s
    6. Bringing out facial features with light
      5m 22s
    7. Sharpening
      5m 33s
  10. 32m 32s
    1. Assessing the damage
      1m 26s
    2. Repairing the crack
      1m 52s
    3. Replacing the missing body parts
      3m 5s
    4. Removing the specks, spots, and scratches
      3m 7s
    5. Fixing the missing corner
      1m 14s
    6. Lightening the stains
      5m 22s
    7. Restoring the faded tone in the face
      3m 8s
    8. Balancing the tone in the image
      1m 58s
    9. Evening the color with a Black & White adjustment layer
      49s
    10. Cleaning up the image
      2m 24s
    11. Adding definition to the face
      2m 20s
    12. Softening the image
      58s
    13. Sharpening the image
      2m 4s
    14. Bringing back some of the original tone
      1m 34s
    15. Comparing the image before and after
      1m 11s
  11. 24s
    1. Final thoughts
      24s

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Photo Restoration with Photoshop
3h 53m Intermediate Oct 13, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Assessing the damage
  • Rebuilding color channels in a grayscale image
  • Removing small splits, specks, and spots
  • Repairing red eye
  • Reassembling torn photos
  • Removing stains
  • Fixing mold damage
  • Understanding the basics of levels and curves
  • Correcting color problems
  • Repairing and recreating backgrounds
  • Sharpening a photo
  • Comparing before and after images
Subjects:
Photography Restoration
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Janine Smith

Converting to black and white

It seems like it should be an easy process to convert a colored or tinted image to black and white, but there are a few things you can do before conversion that might make it a better black-and-white. Begin by adding an adjustment layer. Go to the bottom of your Layers panel to the half-white, half-black circle, the create a new fill or adjustment layer, and select Curves. What I want to do is bring just a little bit more contrast, darken up the dark areas in this image, and we're going to do that just with one simple click of the black eyedropper in a black area.

Now that's just a little too dark, so I'm going to go up here and lower the Opacity to around 50%. That's just a subtle difference. But if you go now and make a new adjustment layer--this time we'll select Black & White and run through the Defaults. On a Mac you may have to select these individual. On a PC you can scroll through with your downward arrow key. Just go through some of these presets and see that some of these are pretty dramatic. Let's look back at the screen.

That's a very nice look. Just look at it without our Curves adjustment. Just subtle. It didn't take much of the detail out of the dark areas and just gives it a little more pop. Now let's try something else. Let's hide these two layers. Click again on our Background. This time we're going to paint in some contrasts. We'll start by making a new blank layer, changing our Layer Blend mode to Soft Light. Then we'll go over and start with our light areas, so we'll switch our colors--white on the foreground.

Select the Brush tool. You can adjust your brush with the open and close bracket keys and start just painting on areas that are already the lighter areas--maybe where the sun is shining. Just bring things out a little bit, get some highlights. You don't have to cover the whole area, because we're going to blur it and blend it. We're going to do small area. You can do the same with your dark tones; switch your foreground color to black, and paint in the darker areas.

These areas up on this peak, on this mountainside, look a little faint, a little faded, so I'm going to bring those out a little bit and give it a little more pop. Just do a real quick area here. Next, we'll go up to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Now you want to good blur on this. You want it definitely to have no more form. See, that's completely blurred, and that's what we want. Click OK.

Now you can further adjust it with your Opacity. You don't want just a big field of white, if that's what's there. You just want a nice subtle-- put it down around 25--a nice subtle light. See how this--especially right here on the mountainside, just a little darker, bring out a little more. If you want, you can bring your Opacity up, a little more dramatic, but then you have to worry about this looking fake on your mountainside.

This is okay. We'll keep that about 50. Now we'll go back and add in Black & White adjustment. Run through the first few, keep it on High Contrast Red this time, and let's take away our adjustments. See how that brings just a little bit out in our black-and-white. It just makes it a little better. Now the third thing we're going to do is we're going to add a little color show through, so let's hide these two layers again, click on the Background, and go straight to our black-and-white adjustment, Create a new fill or adjustment layer, Black & White, and let's select the Green Filter.

Now we're going to lower the Opacity just to about 85%, just barely. Now let's see how that looks. It just lets a little tint of color. If you bring it down a little more, then it looks really like maybe a hand-tinted photograph. That's very interesting. We'll split the difference; go about 75%. If you're going to convert a color or tinted image to black and white, make it the best black-and-white possible, maybe by deepening the contrasts, lightening the lights, darkening the darks, or bring just a touch of color in from the original.

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