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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.
There's no hard-and-fast rule on where to start your restoration. Sometimes it's better to get some of the easier stuff out of the way, and sometimes things are better if you tackle the harder bits first. In this case we'll work on the large crack first. Let's begin by adding a blank layer on top of our Background layer, by going here to Create a new layer and clicking on it. And go over to your toolbar and select the Clone Stamp tool. Let's zoom in a little, using Ctrl+Plus or Command+Plus, and bring that into focus now.
Use your Alt or Option key to select your clone source, and you can adjust your brush using your open and close bracket keys. And then just start cloning away at the rip. Go from both the sides. Change your brush size often, and your source points. Be careful around edges like the hairline, because they do curve. You don't want to just go straight. And just keep cloning it out in small pieces; don't try to get too much in one stroke.
That's about all there is to that. Just keep working on it. Now we'll just show you very quickly how this is going to be after. Let's bring this down again. And you'll see that this presents a couple of new problems, because when we've gotten rid of this crack, we've taken away part of her nose and part of her mouth--and we'll tackle that next.
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