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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 evened things up in terms of tone, let's even things a little more in terms of color. So for that, we are going to actually strip the color away. Go down to your Create a new fill or adjustment layer icon and select Black & White. We're going to go through our defaults. On a PC you can just select the first one and use your downward arrow key; on your Mac you're going to need to select each one individually. We want to see what gives us the most consistent color and contrast. And I believe we'll stick with maximum black here, and that's all there is to that.
We've got a consistent color throughout now. Now we can move on and tackle some more of that small damage.
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