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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.
Photoshop has so many adjustments and ways to do things, and that number increases exponentially when you combine adjustments and techniques. Take Curves and Levels for instance. Although it's not always the case, sometimes combining the two can give you much better results than when you just use one. Curves can bring out the color, while Levels can bring some of the contrast back in. Let's start by doing a Curves adjustment on this image. Go to the Add a new fill or adjustment layer icon and select Curves.
Let's use the eyedropper for this part, selecting a dark area with the black, or Shadow, eyedropper and a light area with the white, or Highlight, dropper. The color is better, and it definitely got rid of that red cast, but let's see if we can bring out some more tonal contrast. We will go back to the Add a new fill or adjustment layer icon and this time select Levels. Again, we'll use the black eyedropper in a dark point. And let's just see if the white eyedropper does any good, and it doesn't really make a difference.
We've brought a lot of new tonality into the into the picture. If it's too much and you want to fade it a little, go over to the Opacity and just bring it down some. You can see that the Levels definitely added something to the Curves adjustment, and a big improvement from the original. Just like any great team, Curves and Levels can work better together than either do on their own, and that goes for a lot of the adjustments in Photoshop. Experiment with them, try one with another, maybe even more than one together.
Of course, this depends on the individual photograph, but it's something you should definitely try.
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