Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Quick restoration with Photoshop Fix, part of Learning Photo Restoration with Photoshop.
- We're starting out on mobile devices, because this is where so many people use technology on a daily basis. And I can tell you that personally, I spent 15 years on the Photoshop team, 10 as product manager, and my last two projects were Photoshop Mix and Fix, both mobile projects. And I really enjoyed them. They really got me excited about mobile. And so I thought it would be fun, to see how far we could take retouching, while we're still on the phone. We've just captured a RAW file, which we could only do as of just recently and now I wanted to see if we could meaningfully retouch it.
And the whole idea with Photoshop Fix is that we would take powerful retouching tools from Photoshop CC and bring them to a touch environment without dumbing them down at all, making them just as powerful, just changing the experience. So what I want to do now, is because any image we put into Lightroom Mobile is available across devices. We're going to move into Photoshop Fix, which is a free application that only requires your ID, and that ID tells the images where they go. And we're going to see if we can retouch that image that we just captured. Okay, so here we are on my iPhone and I'm going to launch Photoshop Fix.
And the way that it works is you get a couple of nice tutorials as soon as you start here, but once you're signed in that means that you can open images from anywhere. So I can open them locally, from various social networks, of course from Creative Cloud, but from Lightroom as well. So if I tap on Lightroom there, we're going to see the image that we just captured. Go ahead and open that and it's a full resolution file. I should stress that we could open up to a 50 megapixel image here with no problem whatsoever. And the tools are laid out in the same order that I'd want to use them.
And what's great about them, is they're nondestructive as well. So maybe I want to crop in a little bit on this image. I'm not going to crop it too much because I might want to change the frame later. I'm going to give myself a little bit of extra room, but I want to show you that, not only can you crop, but we can rotate that as well. And everything that we do in here is natively nondestructive which means that I can uncrop it later. Now the next thing I want to do, is this is a black and white image and I've got some discoloration on the frame and even though I can't really see it, there's some color shifting on the image itself.
But because it's black and white I'm simply going to desaturate it. So a couple of things I could do to help get rid of reflections here. One, I could go into shadows. And normally we're used to thinking of opening up shadows and making the brighter, but in this case I'm going to make them darker. And you see that right there, does a great job, of making those dark areas darker. Doesn't compromise the image at all. Contrast is also going to help. It's going to make the black areas blacker and the white areas whiter. This was a black and white image of my mom. Looks like it was probably taken in the '70s, so it's perfectly acceptable to have that high contrast look.
I think it adds to the image there. I could try to recover the highlights a little here, but there's not too much to recover. But that already looks much, much better. Now the next thing we're going to do, is zoom in and look for some of the problems with the image. This isn't too bad. There's some rips on the image, little tears. And there's some down below here. And what you want to do with any sort of restoration is get in there close, assess the work, and start, you know, retouching away. We're going to use healing for this and it's really great. We just choose our healing size, over on the left there, and our hardness.
And then, all we have to do, is drag our finger over the image. And this is the same powerful technology that you know in Photoshop CC. So I'm just going to go through here, make sure I'm zoomed in, tap on any of this as I go, and not only am I removing tears at this point, but I'm looking for distracting elements in the image. If it's something big, I could just come through here and drag my finger or I could dab it. You want to be careful of the edges.
I'm going to use the undo button on the top to undo that last stroke, and if I have a problem like that, I'm going to zoom in a little closer and just dab it. If you bump into problems, take small bites. If you bump into big problems, remember you also have a patch tool here and I can say well, actually I want to patch that from here or I want to fill that area, but I want to patch it from over here. You have a clone stamp as well. Switching back to our healing tool, let's just move a little faster here.
I'm just getting rid of stuff really quickly. And the way that the healing tools work, is they look at the neighboring pixels and they remove content based upon what's around them. We're making good headway here. The touch environment is really fast, really intuitive. So I can just come in here, get rid of spots. Actually find that this work flow, with a lightweight like this, is a lot faster than driving a mouse or even a stylus.
Kind of get a little tricky, next to something like this, because it's not entirely certain where to look. So one thing we could do, is we could use our clone stamp. You just define your area and work around it. I set a pin there that told it where to lift from and then that's what we did. Let's come back into healing. A lot of the time, I'll back up... And then I'll come back in and take a closer look.
Okay, so we've applied all of that. That looks so much better, really, really quickly. All right, I'm still a little worried about the reflection on the left-hand side. It's not terrible, but it is bothering me a little. And so for that, I'm going to come into light, and think of this as dodge and burn, lighten and darken. So I'm going to switch into darken and working on the left there, I want to big brush, I want it to be really soft, and I want it to be low opacity so I can build it up really slowly. As before, the precision is all wired to the zoom, so I'm going to zoom in here and I'm just going to start dragging my finger over the hair there, darkening it as we go.
There we go, we've done a really nice job, really quickly there. Okay, so that, in just a couple of minutes, is a pretty nice retouching job on a RAW capture. Now what we're going to do at this point, we have a couple different options. One, we can save that to Lightroom. I'm going to go ahead and do that. And what that's going to do is that's going to give me this retouched version right next to the original. It's going to sit there in Lightroom and be available to me elsewhere. But the other thing that I'm going to do is I am going to send this to Photoshop CC. And this is really neat. What it does, is it translates all of this that we've done into a layered, masked file.
And so a full resolution, layered, masked file, will be waiting for me in Photoshop CC. I'm not sacrificing any quality at all, and it's actually giving me a great form of guidance when it comes to retouching, because I've got layers and adjustment layers and masks. It takes a minute to do that because we're working from a 12 megapixel RAW file, that in this case has several different layers. So as we wrap up with Fix here, just remember that this app was designed to bring retouching tools from Photoshop into the mobile environment.
I think you'd have a lot of fun with it doing lightweight retouching like what we just did. Not appropriate for a really in-depth retouching job, but it's pretty amazing what you can do with an app like this, in this case on the phone. Doing this on the iPad would give me that much more precision, that much more screen. So if you have that available to you, remember that whatever we drop into Lightroom, is going to be available across different devices. So simply by virtue of shooting in here, we assure that we can get to these files on the web, on the iPad, on the desktop.
They're available to us wherever we are.
- Scanning versus photographing images
- Using Photoshop Fix for quick restoration
- Using Lightroom to prepare for restoration
- Saving time using bulk/multifile processing
- Hiding flaws and recovering details
- Retouching images in Lightroom
- Working with Smart Objects and layers
- Blurring and sharpening selectively
- Handling rips, creases, and missing pieces
- Dealing with stains and water damage
- Using Content-Aware Scale to adjust images
- Colorizing a photo
- Changing expressions