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Customizing your workspace

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There are panels and tools you will work with every day when you do digital photo restoration in Photoshop, so it makes sense to set your work area up efficiently. There are certain panels you will use consistently, day after day, project after project. These are my top three can't-do-without, have-to-be-open-all-the-time panels. The most obvious of course is your Layers panel. Keep it up at all times and give it lots of space to expand so you can see lots of layers. Your layers can add up, and then you will have to scroll a lot up and down, and you don't want to do that so much.

Customizing your workspace

There are panels and tools you will work with every day when you do digital photo restoration in Photoshop, so it makes sense to set your work area up efficiently. There are certain panels you will use consistently, day after day, project after project. These are my top three can't-do-without, have-to-be-open-all-the-time panels. The most obvious of course is your Layers panel. Keep it up at all times and give it lots of space to expand so you can see lots of layers. Your layers can add up, and then you will have to scroll a lot up and down, and you don't want to do that so much.

Another panel you want up is your Adjustments panel. This is only available in CS4 and CS5, but it's really helpful to have that right in front of you without having to go to another area to bring it up. My third must-have panel is Channels. Channels are a really good assessment tool. When I open a damaged image, I run through them really quick, just to assess the damage, and they're great to have right in front of you. Those are my must-have panels, but there are some others that can be helpful in your restoration workflow, like the Navigator panel.

This panel is really helpful if you're working on a very large file and are zoomed in close. This red area right here tells you where you are in the image. You can even move it here to find different areas. It helps you to not get lost. The last panel that I have up all the time is my Brush panel. Here you can change your brush size, change the tip, shape with scatter and texture, even change the direction--and these are just a few of the many settings in your Brush panel. Once you have the panels you will use in restoration work selected and where you want them, you will want to save them so they're available to you every time you open Photoshop.

To do this, go to Windows > Workspace > New Workspace. Then name your workspace something like Restoration and hit Save. Your custom workspace name appears at the top now and is available for you every time you need to go back into Restoration mode. You can make other custom workspaces, and you can also choose from one of the presets. When you work with the same tools and panels every day, it makes sense to have them near at hand. Become familiar with where your most-used tools are on the toolbar and customize the panels you use the most into your own personalized restoration workspace.

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Photo Restoration with Photoshop

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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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