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Matching colors in elements you add

Matching colors in elements you add provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Ja… Show More

Photo Restoration with Photoshop

with Janine Smith

Video: Matching colors in elements you add

Matching colors in elements you add provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Janine Smith as part of the Photo Restoration with Photoshop
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  1. 1m 33s
    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know before watching this course
    3. Using the exercise files
  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
    10. Cleaning up the image
      2m 24s
    11. Adding definition to the face
      2m 20s
    12. Softening the image
    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

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Matching colors in elements you add
Video Duration: 4m 11s 3h 53m Intermediate


Matching colors in elements you add provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Janine Smith as part of the Photo Restoration with Photoshop

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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

Matching colors in elements you add

In the previous video I added a bright blue sky with more details to this older image of a cowboy. Now I need to match the colors of the new sky to the colors of the cowboy, so it looks like it was part of the original image. First, we'll select the sky layer. Go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. We want to take the color out to make it easier for the new element to accept the color of the original image. Now go back to Image > Adjustments > Match Color. In the Match Color dialog we need to go down to the bottom and select our Source, which is the image you want to take your source from.

If you have more than one image open, you'll have that choice. You can take your colors from a completely different image. Obviously, we only have one image up, so we'll use this one. Next, we want to select the layer itself we want to source from. In this case, it's our Background layer. Sometimes Match Color works great, but sometimes you'll get these blown-out patches of color, like this green clipping or these pink colors, that you can't adjust out with any of the sliders.

Let's try to move them, see what happens. Mostly we're just getting more blown-out areas. That pink really comes out when we come down here. Color Intensity is not doing anything for us. We can fade it, which brings more of the black and white in and sort of defeats the purpose in this case. I could neutralize it, which also fades is to black and white. So even though you should always go and try Match Color--because it really does work sometimes-- what you do when it doesn't? Well, we'll cancel out of this, and we'll go over to our toolbar, and we'll select our Eyedropper tool.

Now we want to sample color from our original image. Let's choose one of the darker colors perhaps, or maybe one in between here. That's another thing you can always change at anytime. In this case, we'll sample from right here; that's a good mid-color. Now we want to add a new blank layer over our sky layer, and then we're going to fill it with the color we selected. It's your foreground color, so hold down Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete to fill your layer, go up to your Layer Blend modes, and choose Overlay.

Now go back to your sky layer and bring the Opacity down to around 50%. Go to your mask itself and click on it. Select it, go up to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. We just want to have a nice blur, a nice blend between our mask and our skyline there, our tree line. You don't want to go too far up, or it's just going to look messy.

You still want to be able to see a line, but it needs to be nice and soft. And take away all the evidence that we made a mask to begin with and cut out the old sky. When you have a blur you like, click OK, then you use Ctrl or Command. Let's bring this in and look at our skyline. You see, this looks pretty good. Now let's go back out here a little. This is a pretty good blend. That looks pretty natural. But say now you want to make your image black and white. You can either add a black-and-white adjustment up here in your Adjustments panel in CS4 and CS5.

Come down here and add a black and white with your Create a new fill or adjustment layer icon--and that's a really good blend. Maybe the sky isn't quite as blended as this was. It doesn't look quite as good. You can either add a black and white to blend them both, you can bring it way down, just add a little tint or tone, or if you don't like that, you can take the visibility away, and you can always go back to your color layer, and you can just refill it. After re-sampling with a different color, you can refill it with another color and start over again and see if any other color matches well.

Even if your ultimate goal was to make an image black and white, matching the colors and tones of a new element will ensure a perfect match.

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