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Sat, Dec 1st - 2:51PM

Photo Restoration - An example of vanishing point and clone
When starting on a photo repair it’s a good idea to de-saturate or grey-scale the image before starting. If you wish to end up with a sepia tone at the end, then we can apply a photo filter to colourise the image when we have finished. Let’s look at what we have to do. Invent a window and rebuild the boards and sky.

Repair a missing piece of a photo

Using the vanishing point filter, draw a grid that matches the perspective of the boards and house, notice in the original the boards converge to the left, so the grid must follow these converging lines.

Repair a missing piece of a photo

Get familiar with the tools on palette, we will be using the clone tone with heal off. Start with the window. Using the clone tool clone the vertical sides of the window frame upwards. Until you reach what would be a good height for a sash window.

Repair a missing piece of a photo

Repair a missing piece of a photo

Swap back to normal photo shop window. Repair the right had corner of lower section. Using the selection tool make a selection around the corner section of the lower pane, top left corner. Feather the selection by 1.5 pixels and then cut and paste. Flip horizontally and rotate slightly to become the mended corner. Now we have a full lower pane we can use for the top half. Select just the pane from the newly complete lower window with the selection tool. Feather again, cut and paste. Position the new upper pane in place where it looks most natural. Now dirty the pane slightly by dodging back the highlights with a soft large brush. Now we need to add to and correct the top of the window. Select the window sill minus the shadow under it, feather and cut/paste. Re-scale the sill to make a wooden beam for the top part of the window frame and position.

Now it’s down to you to add texture by using either the clone tool set to a low opacity and a small brush or the patch tool to grab some grain and texture from suitable wooden areas around to make the new wood work like it’s always been there. Assess the shadows under ledges to make sure they are all consistent with the look of the image and strength of the sun. Swap back to vanishing point filter. Let’s fix the boards. In the original photo the boards to the right are significantly lighter than those to left, so when we clone them over we would have a house that looks spookily similar on both sides and not
natural enough.

 

So although cloning them across is a good starting point using vanish point still, it might be better to use what we have on the right and clone the up and then borrow the texture and dark markings of those on the left to blend them in a bit. To blend over the texture from the right hand boards use a clone tool set to medium soft and around 50-70% opacity, vary this if the results do not look convincing. You can the use the same method to make sure the shadows between the boards look natural.



Finally for a convincing photo repair, when you have done with the boards just clone up the sky, select the bottom edge border of the photo and use it to make one at the top. Flatten the image and rotate and correct the perspective. Another fine digital restoration example brought to you from image-restore Done.

Neil

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Sat, Dec 1st - 2:45PM

Why do i need a Photo Restoration ??

Photo Restoration - Why do i need a Photo Restoration ?? “

Oh gee, I guess id better get this restored its looking tatty” - No, no, no! Its way more important than that. Photo Repairs are essential, they may seem trivial at the time, but you are preserving an important part of family history, your family will have to continue on the memory for their family. If left un-restored the negative or print could end up just that, un restorable and future generations wont have that vital visual link to their past. So even if its a simple retouch of a face or torn up, faded photo that needs a complete cleanse and restore dont leave it, act now!

The first thing to do is to protect the image with acid free tissue or paper to prevent any further damage by the immediate environment, then get it restored, but don’t just get one print get two. The reason behind this isn’t always obvious. If you give a copy of your newly restored photo to another family member then its more likely you precious memories will survive for generations to come as you are not the sole owner. Far too often all the family heirlooms are kept in one place and should the worst happens then all is lost. The sensible choice has to be two copies.

Next get a digital copy too. It’s all very well getting the prints done but if you get a CD/DVD with your images on then you can keep a digital archive. Don’t just leave them on a CD though, if you upgrade your PC make sure you copy the CD/DVD to the very latest of backup storage. First it was floppy disk, then CD, then DVD and we are already into BlueRay and who knows what’s coming. Just make sure it’s on the latest media, in this fast paced world you never know when your storage will become obsolete.

Finally if you have one why not upload it to an on-line photo-share or online storage space, you can then share it with the world if you want and let you relatives know its there. Who knows maybe they will get the bug and take the plunge to get their old images restored too?So simply1. Protect what’s left2. Get it restored3. Get Two copies4. Take a copy to CD rom5. Share/store the photos on lineOk so that’s my advice, so if your from the Hampshire area or surrounds in the UK where better to get your Photo Restorations done than at http://www.image-restore.co.uk

Thanks for reading.

Neil

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Sat, Dec 1st - 2:45PM

Instant makeovers, years taken off, digital plastic surgery...

Instant makeovers, years taken off, digital plastic surgery, its all possible but just how far do you go?

Facial restorations involving removing wrinkles, reducing pores, retouching eyes, removing blemishes etc. should be done with discretion. Its very tempting to attack the image with gusto sweeping away all evidence of anything natural and end up with a porcelain skin that looks a little too much like a wax work that a persons face.

Start by reducing the shadows, cleaning away any blemishes that would not be natural, perhaps reducing fine lines around the eyes but not completely removing them.  Even out the skin tone next with an overlay filter on a separate layer.  Perhaps you might use the patch tool if you have some good texture to sample, to smooth out the tones.  Brighten up the eyes and remove the shine from the skin.  Sometimes you may have to redraw the catch-lights in the eyes but make sure they look natural, not just blobs of white, shape them a little and add some transparency.  Reduce pores by either another layer set Gaussian Blur or targeting the larger ones individually, if you have a large tablet you can actually work quite quickly reducing them with a dab of the pen set up correctly, this way no detail is lost on the face at all.

Above all else don’t over do it.  In previous posts I have mentioned before, it must look like nothing has changed, nothing at all.  If it looks like it has been restored, you haven’t done it well enough. This industry is plentiful with wannabe retouchers, but to stay up the top there must be no evidence of cloning or restoring anywhere. If you keep everything on separate layers you can always change the opacity to vary the intensity of each step to keep a natural look.

Retouched face beforeRetouched face after

Good luck and take it slow and steady and keep it natural.

Neil

Providing a Quality photo restoration service

quality photo restoration service


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