Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Fixing rips and creases, part of Photoshop Insider Training: Photo Restoration.
Here we have an image that needs a lot more work. We've got lot of creases, some tears, and it looks we have some ink or paint on the image, so there is a lot more serious issues to correct in this image. Again, we want to make sure that we look at it up close so we can understand what we are getting into. And you have this. This looks like it's going to be a fair amount of work. So, after we've taken a look, we'll just back up. Again, we want to go ahead and duplicate that layer. Let's just call this one creases. And let's talk about this big problem across the top there. Now, we could use our Spot Healing Brush, as we did before.
We'd used that trick with Ctrl and Alt to give ourselves a big brush, and we could paint across that, and that would probably work pretty well. But there are some other tools that work just as well and do a much quicker job. In fact, let's start by talking about this bigger area over here, and where they work and where they don't. So if I select an area here with the Lasso tool, and then I come up to Edit > Fill, one of my options is Content-Aware. It's kind of like the Spot Healing Brush. It's looking around the image and choosing what to fill that with. And so that's just what it's going to do: it's going to look around there and fill it in. It does a great job, saved us a ton of time.
If we apply the same idea to this part and circle that, we can sometimes run into a problem. Let me go ahead and ask Content-Aware Fill and move that. And you can see what's happened is we've copied on some of his hair there. Content-Aware Fill is looking around the image and synthesizing the content based upon what it knows about the rest of the image. It's done a great job with 90% of it, but that's not going to work up there. So, luckily, I've got this new option here in CS6 with the Patch tool, where we have a Content-Aware Patch tool.
You could think of this as user-driven Content-Aware Fill. So, with that same selection, I am just going to say go ahead and sample from right there, and it's going to take that content and drop it in. Now, you'll notice that I have got this Adaptation up here, and it's set to Loose, which means it's going to go ahead and drop it in and just go ahead and mix it as it sees fit. Were I had to put it on very Strict, it would take exactly what I asked it to drop in there, and you can see his hair is preserved and we've gone ahead and removed that big blob from there. And that's going to come in really handy up here with this big tear across the image.
So, I'll just go ahead and play around with part of it to show you how it works. Go ahead and select this, like so, and then just pull that down, and let it copy the content in to fill that. And if it's too strict, just go ahead and try these. They are great. These Adaptation methods work after the fact. So I could set it to Loose and maybe get a better result. You see I've gotten rid of some of that duplicate content. Now, I could have applied that to the entire tear across the image. Using Content-Aware Fill, using Content- Aware Patch, you can really move ahead quickly and get rid of a lot of those large defects in the image.
- Scanning or photographing prints
- Understanding the role of Adobe Camera Raw in photo restoration
- Correcting color and tone
- Saving time with cropping
- Removing dust and scratches
- Repairing missing pieces and torn corners
- Recovering lost detail
- Colorizing a photo
- Borrowing content within the same photo
- Archiving images