30 April 2006

Fixing Old Images

One of the things I most enjoy in digital imaging is fixing old images.

My landlady had this old photograph of her great grandfather, and as you can see, it had been broken several times and looked rather bad:

Before
My landlady is a very nice person and this picture is very important to her, so, I asked her if I could have it for a couple of days, and did the following:

- Scan the image on my computer at 300 dpi (I should have scanned it as grayscale, but for some reason I didn’t, so I had to convert it into grayscale in Photoshop: Image > Mode > Grayscale)

- Create a new Adjustment layer for Levels: Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels

- Create a new layer (Blending mode: Normal) to fix the background

- Use the Clone Stamp tool on the new layer to fix the worst bits of the background

- Use the Brush tool to paint other parts of the background (I selected a suitable tone of gray by using the Eyedropper tool)

- Create a new (normal) layer to “fix” the grandpa

- Use the Clone Stamp tool to fix the foreground (the grandpa)

(You don’t necessarily need two separate layers for the background and the foreground, but I preferred to do it this way.)

I then printed the image on an A4 sheet and gave it to my landlady. That was the best part of the process! You can’t believe how happy she was to have a new version of her favorite picture.

Here's the result:
After
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P.S. Here are the two fixed layers together, for your reference (as you can see, I could have painted the background a little bit more carefully - there shouldn't be any white spaces at all):

Fixed layers
EDIT: When you use the Clone Stamp tool on a separate layer, make sure that Sample All Layers is selected. Otherwise you can only use the tool on the layer you are working on.

2 Comments:

Blogger Kuraattori said...

Hienoa jälkeä kautta linjan!

Huomasin vasta pois pyrkiessäni että käytössäsi on Wacom Graphire4, ostin itse tuon Graphire4 XL piirtopöydän enkä ole juuri hiirtä sen jälkeen tarvinnut.

Kysyisin sellaista että oletko saanut paineentunnistusta kalibroitua jollain lailla, tuntuu että juuri illu ja photari eivät tunnista painetta kovinkaan tasaisesti vaan jossain kohtaa tulee aivan liian jyrkkä nousu.

11/5/06 14:12  
Blogger Kafkakoski said...

Heippa. En ole joutunut säätelemään paineentunnistusta, sillä minulla tuntuu toimivan ihan hyvin, ainakin omiin tarpeisiini. Voin kyllä testailla omaani, jos siitä olisi sinulle apua, mutta siinä tapauksessa olisi varmaan parempi, jos antaisit lisätietoja, että voisin tehdä testin mahdollisimman samoissa olosuhteissa kuin sinä.

12/5/06 15:20  

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