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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 brought back some definition into her face, I want to do an overall softening of the picture. The repair work plus the age of the photo has left it looking really, really rough, and I just want to soften it slightly, and then we'll go back and bring some sharpness in a little later. What we're going to do is click on our uppermost layer. We're going to combine our layers using Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E, Shift+Command+Option+E on a Mac. And let's go up to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and we want it to be a really good blur.
We're going to lower the Opacity, so it can be pretty radical. So just click OK. I have 2.5. And we're going to bring our Opacity down, somewhere around, let's do 40%. And this is just a nice softening. It doesn't look quite so rough. And next we're going to come back in and sharpen it back up a bit.
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