Selena's Friends [Retouched] by mmitchell_houston ()
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On a recent trip home, my sister-in-law found a beat-up old photo of some of her friends from way back when. My brother scanned it, made a few attempts at cleaning it, then gave up and sent it to me. I opened it in Photoshop 7 and got right on it (fortunately he sent it on a slow day).
I’ve done photo restoration before, but I must admit that this one was a tough job. The original scan, as you can see, is quite dark. I spent about 20 minutes playing with the levels, brightness, and a few other tools before falling back on the Equalize command. That provided me with the best baseline image to work with (see image above). I wound up combing a few other exposures I’d made with the levels tools (to bring out highlights and deepen shadows). I then created a b&w version of the photo, combined with a few of the other layers, and then merged them into a single layer (see color-corrected image).
I was finally ready to start working on the scratches. I used the clone stamp tool almost exclusively to lift okay areas of the photo and stamp them over the scratches. This was a meticulous process that also required I add some noise to clear up some of the smudged areas. For the huge scratches at the top of the photo, I copied and pasted the drapes, essentially redrawing them. I wouldn't normally do this, but this wasn't a paying job so I did cut a few corners. All in all, it took me about three hours from start to finish. My brother and his wife, by the way, were ecstatic with the results.
Image Comments (4)
fluffgirl () 8:15PM | Sat, 13 August 2005
you certainly did a wonderfull job on this photo..i have photoshop for 2 years now and im still learning new things with it, it is a powerfull tool..and a lot of fun.. great work..
cynlee () 3:39AM | Sun, 14 August 2005
tough one to start with... well saved, sure they were happy :]