How to restore an old photo in Photoshop in a simple and clear way. Advanced lesson

This lesson is about restoring an old torn picture. Restoring an old family photo is something you can do for your relatives and make them cry, and of course it’s a money-making service. Let’s see how the normal image recovery process works. There was a lack of publicly available materials for the selection of images for this lesson. The photo I use is a family photo scanned and sent to me in horrible resolution. In the end, I decided that this kind of image would fit my class. The end result shows that you can work with poorly scanned images and achieve relatively good results.

The first step Finally, let’s get to class. In the first step, I decided on the size and cut out the picture. Then the recovery process begins. With pictures like this, I always start using the Patch tool, which I use accurately and extensively. I then use the “patch”, “healing tool”, and “clone stamp tool” to refine the detail. In the next step, we will look at this in more detail.

The second step The principle of operation of the patch is similar to the principle of operation of the Marquee tool. Select the area around the area you want to edit, then click on the selection center, click the mouse button, and select another area with a similar problem and release it. Please make sure you are adjusting before making your selection. Let’s move on to the next step.

The third step See how the shade of the curtains on the background is adjusted. Do all the big parts in the picture in the same way. This tool doesn’t always work properly, but it saves time and is a good way to restore an image from now on.

The fourth step After completing all the large parts, move to the Healing Brush Tool (its use is marked in red \ u200b \ u200b in the picture), Clone Brush. Don’t be afraid to try these tools. If you want the recovery process to be effective, it’s a good idea to get the most out of these three tools. Note that the Point Healing Brush is a tool you can use to deal with dots by its name. It only works when you click on the points you want to delete, and there are many points that I use in the image. Generally, the work process should start with this tool and only then move on to the healing brush. However, for us it is not so important

As you can see in the image below, I used a clone stamp on the border of the image. In this case, the healing brush and patch can create some unnecessary artifacts. Just try and you will understand what I mean. Again, switch between tools and experiment until the desired result is achieved.

Step thirteen After placing all the main parts of the image, I go back to the Cloning tool and work out all the borders that need to be edited. I do all this in layers, on a separate layer. To better control the process, you can reduce the transparency of the cloning tool. Don’t miss the Ctrl / Command + Z keys by dragging and dropping.

Step Fourteen Usually when building, you use different layers in different parts of the image. If you don’t want to work with countless layers, you can simply glue the layers together if you’re ready to stop rebuilding. I usually process small pieces on different layers and glue them to a single layer, but the base layer is never glued. If you’re not sure you’ve done everything right, it’s best not to glue the seam. It is possible to do something back.

The tenth step Reconstruction can be considered complete.

Step Sixteen The next thing I want to do is group the layers. Select all layers and press Ctrl / Command + G. Now I’m going to use this group to create a new layer, Ctrl / Command + Shift + Alt + E, and call it sound. We will use this layer to reduce noise. Before I do that, I want to mention one thing I didn’t say at first. As you can see in the screenshot, I left the source file on the back of the PSD file and turned it off. During operation, it is convenient to save the source to a PSD file, and the layer command (Ctrl / Command + J) is started from the copy. So we have a picture to keep working.

Note: Pressing Alt and clicking on the cell in front of the layer will turn this layer on and off. Ideal for quick comparisons.