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Repairing adhesive tape damage on a color photo

From: Photo Restoration with Photoshop

Video: Repairing adhesive tape damage on a color photo

Repairing tape damage in a color photo can present different challenges because of the colors. Let's take a look at this image of a car. We need to get rid of this very obvious, very yellow piece of tape right through the main part of the image, which is the car. The first thing you'll want to do is duplicate your background layer using Ctrl+J on a PC, Command+J on a Mac. Go over to your toolbar and select your Polygonal Lasso tool. Start at the top of one side of the tape and click and bring it down to select the whole piece of tape.

Repairing adhesive tape damage on a color photo

Repairing tape damage in a color photo can present different challenges because of the colors. Let's take a look at this image of a car. We need to get rid of this very obvious, very yellow piece of tape right through the main part of the image, which is the car. The first thing you'll want to do is duplicate your background layer using Ctrl+J on a PC, Command+J on a Mac. Go over to your toolbar and select your Polygonal Lasso tool. Start at the top of one side of the tape and click and bring it down to select the whole piece of tape.

Get as close as you can to the edges. It's okay if you go a little over; just get as close as you can. And now we want to put it on its own layer using Ctrl+J or Command+J. We are going to reselect that selection that we just put on its own layer by holding down Ctrl, or Command, putting your cursor over the thumbnail itself, and clicking. Now we are going over to the toolbar again and selecting the Eyedropper tool, and we're going to select a color in the tape and then use Alt+Backspace, or Option+Delete to fill that selection. Ctrl+D or Command+D will deselect.

Now go to Image > Adjustments > Invert and over to your Layer Blend Mode menu, and select Soft Light. Now we are going to lower the opacity a little and see if we can get a little better match here with our colors, but it's going to look more faded than your photo. That's just going to be natural. We're going to bring that back here in a second. I put it down to around 80%, and that'll work. Now we're going to combine it with the layer below using Ctrl+E or Command+E and make a new blank layer above it using your Create a new layer icon.

We are going to go back over to our Eyedropper tool, which is still selected from the last time, and select an area in this general area around the tape. We're going to paint in some color now to help it match a little better. Get your Brush tool. You can adjust your brush size with your open and close bracket keys. Keep it a little close-- we selected it over here--and just start painting in an area. Just to get started, go over to your Layer Blend modes and select Color, and you can see now where this is going to match and where this isn't going to match.

So you will be going back over to your eyedropper and selecting other colors, back to your Brush tool and paint in other areas to help you get those colors back again. Back and forth with your eyedropper-- there's a lot of colors; you will be doing that quite often--and then to your brush until you get some decent matches. You don't want to do the tape all in one color. These are obviously different colors.

We're trying to blend this in. Let's do one more area, say the hood of the car, which is fairly light. It shouldn't be too hard to match, I hope; it just lightens it up a little bit maybe. Okay, this is addictive. Let's do just one more. It's always what it is, isn't it? just one more. And this isn't dramatic. It's very, very subtle. It's just to help fool your eye that maybe it's not quite so obvious. Then something else you can try on top of this is go down to your Create a new filler adjustment layer, hit the Curves adjustment, maybe bring up the lightness here, bringing your histogram toward your top-left corner, okay, and then invert your mask, Ctrl+I or Command+I, and again your Brush tool is selected.

I can go here, and that brightens things up just a bit also. So our tape is looking more and more like the rest of the image, getting a little color back in there. That may be too light right there. It could be better on these lighter areas and if that's the case, invert your foreground and background colors, paint back over, and paint that out--a little bit of a painting lesson here.

Then to see how this is all going to match, if it's going to be really well, go up Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and just soften the edges a bit, so you don't see any really specific edges. Click OK. Then when you get all your painting in and you still have these edges that you'd like to get a little more blended, you can go to your top layer, use Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E on a PC, Shift+Command+Option+E on a Mac, make a new layer of the combination of all the layers, select your Patch tool, and then you can blend in the edges of that tape a little better. And get this crease that's in the middle, bring that over, and the edges, and so on, until you're through with the entire piece of tape.

Just to see the difference, let's hit before and after. It still might not be 100% perfect, but you have to admit it's a lot better. The method of tape-damage repair is different in black-and-white and color photos, but repair is almost always possible. It may not look 100% perfect, but if you practice your skills, it can look close to perfect.

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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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