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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Photo restoration in Photoshop CS4

I am learning how to restore old photos this week in my photoshop class. Because I am still just learning I will not give a full tutorial here. Here are a few tips.

1. Before you begin your restoration create a new layer and work in that new layer, which is on top of your background photo.(the original photo)

2. I used the cloning tool.

3. Use your hot keys to increase your speed. For example, when zooming in and out don't keep grabbing the zoom tool, it wastes time because you will do a lot of zooming. Instead hold ctrl+space bar=zoom in, alt+space bar=zoom out. Use brackets next to "p" key to change the size of your brush.
4. Advise from my instructor: Show restrain! Don't try to recreate the photo just restore.

I still have work to do on this one, especially in the girl on the left. This is not my photo. It was given to me in class. The whole class is working on the same photo.


To get a closer look at what I've done so far click on the picture and it will take you to my flickr than view in larger size. So far I have logged about 4 hours , maybe more, work time. I'm sure it's just because I'm inexperienced:)
I'm actually having fun doing this project! So far I'm enjoying this class immensely!

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elvira pajarola said...

Bravissima....taking the photo class...enjoy it and love to hear from it....!!!!!

cara Cindy...but where do you take the time to do all the magnificient things you are doing....? you are just amazing!!!!!

ciao ciao elvira

extreme personal measures said...

Great job!
Wish I could afford this but isn't the program about $1,000?
Stopping by from SITS to say Hi!
I am adding you so I can come back & read more!
Please stop by!

Victoria said...

Wow, what a difference that made!

Marianne said...

Sounds like a fun class. I made a note of those hotkeys. I always forget to use the keyboard shortcuts. Thanks for reminding me.

Jayde said...

Thanks for sharing your knowledge! The real trick will be for me to translate this info to my program which is not photoshop...because I'm an oddball like that! Looking forward to more 'lessons'.

Jayde said...

Me again...I got home from work and thought I'd play around with the restoration thing some to see if I could do it on my program. I did pretty well in the 20-30 minutes I worked on it, but I may have cheated since my program has a Remove Scratch feature. :)

sarah said...

Thanks for the awesome info! I've always wanted to really figure out photoshop...maybe i'll have to try soon!

Happy SITS day!

Sobia said...

Oh nice
Thanks for sharing.Manners

I am Harriet said...

Nice job. I use the entire Creative Suite. I'd be lost without it!

Stopping by from SITS to say hello!
Have a great day.


Shelle said...

How awesome! I would love to take a photoshop class. Looks like you did a great job on the photo.

Happy SITS Saturday!

Debbiedoos said...

Those photos look great!!~ Thanks for coming by, I did not realize all we had in common til I came back and read your profile! Sometimes I just get caught up in the post and forget to look at all that stuff...I actually clicked on the photo with your camera because I wanted to see what kind of camera that is...I am in the market for a new one, and your pics look really nice:) I just became your follower as it is nice to meet the same common ground of LIFE!~