The same hand colored image photographed in a huge improvised red neck light box ~
And here is the image after the wonders of Photoshop ~
Well, now that looks a lot better! Do you have a tattered torn old photo that you want to restore with Photoshop? Here are a few simple things I learned along the way - in not so technical terms - although knowing a few basics will help.
- Start with a really good photograph with a very high resolution. In other words, pack that baby with tons of pixels. The more little pixels pokey dots that you have, the smoother the overall appearance will be when your project is finished.
- Use a light box to eliminate shadows and reflection. I totally invented one because I didn't have anything big enough for this hand colored photograph. I used a white heavy canvas hung up by the window. I propped up the photograph and held one side of the canvas in place while I took one-handed pictures using the light from the window. I told you it was really red-neck. It worked, though. See how there is bright white where the rips in the canvas are? And notice that the reflections are all gone? Okay. red-neck works sometimes!
- You will use the 'clone brush' for this project. Where it is, depends on what version of Photoshop you have and how you have everything set up. Ummm.... for really technical stuff, look in your manual... please...
- When you pick your brush thingy to clone with, pick one with fuzzy edges. That will make the overlapping edges look smoother.
- Adjust the transparency of your brush thingy so that it is not 100%. Play with it to see what looks best.
- Watch where your brush is going. I spent a lot of time undoing stuff because my brush had traveled to a completely different place and the resulting color was totally not what I wanted.
- Take your time. If you get bored, walk away from your project and come back later. The temptation is to get a bigger and bigger brush to hurry through the boring parts, but that just makes it look funky.
- And, remember to have fun!