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Removing ink marks

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How easy it's going to be to digitally remove ink from an image depends on a couple of things: Was the image scanned in color, and what color is the ink? If it was scanned in color and the ink is in a tone of red, blue, or green, then you may be able to use a Black & White adjustment. Let's see how that works. Here is an image with four colors of ink. Go to the Create a New Fill or Adjustment layer icon and select Black & White. We are going to go through the filters that are mimicking the channels, the Blue, the Green and the Red filters.

Removing ink marks

How easy it's going to be to digitally remove ink from an image depends on a couple of things: Was the image scanned in color, and what color is the ink? If it was scanned in color and the ink is in a tone of red, blue, or green, then you may be able to use a Black & White adjustment. Let's see how that works. Here is an image with four colors of ink. Go to the Create a New Fill or Adjustment layer icon and select Black & White. We are going to go through the filters that are mimicking the channels, the Blue, the Green and the Red filters.

With the Blue filter check, you will notice the blue ink has gotten lighter. Let's go to the Green filter and the green ink gets lighter; and the Red filter, and the red ink gets lighter. But also notice the black ink never changes. Let's move to a second image now, one that has black ink. We are going to have to do a little bit of a different method of removal than the Black & White adjustment. The first thing we are going to do is duplicate the original layer using Ctrl+J on a PC, Command+J on a Mac.

The ink in this photo happens to be in a very convenient place, as far as that goes. For the first one we're going to select the Patch tool. We are going to draw a selection around one of the names, and we're going to move it over to a different area. Well, that that got rid of the ink. We have a repeat here that we have to take care of, and that's easy enough: just move it up, and the ink is gone.

What about ink that's not a color and it isn't in such a convenient place? Well, you may have to move to another tool. Let's move to the Clone Stamp tool. Use Alt or Option to select an area and start painting out the ink. You may have to go over it a few times to get rid of repeats, but all in all, we have a really good repair. Take your time and get all the pieces gone, and people may not even know there was ever ink there.

Right or wrong, our ancestors sometimes wrote on photographs. Sometimes it's easier to remove than others, and other times it's a real challenge. As with all restoration, take your time, work on small areas, and have patience. Pretty soon it'll be like you had a digital eraser to wipe it all clean.

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Photo Restoration with Photoshop

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Janine Smith
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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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