Using the clone stamp tool, paintbrushes, fills, and the multiply mode, restore an old, distressed photo to new life by removing the scars and blemishes and adding full color.
- Increase skills with Image Adjustments
- Improve tonal values and contrast in a photograph
- Increase skill with the clone stamp tool.
- Use the healing brush tools to fix problematic areas in a photograph
- Use the multiply mode to allow for rich, vibrant color in a black and white photograph.
- Create photorealistic color relationships.
Adobe Photoshop and/or Photopea
- At least 7 1/2 inches x 10 inches
- Resolution: Scan at 600 pixels/inch so that the artwork will eventually be 300 ppi (Important: A lower resolution will result in a printed image of poorer quality.)
- Color Mode: RGB
- If you would like to work beyond these limitations (for example: work larger than letter-size, or in a square shape) consult Mr. Ratkevich.
- Bring in a distressed (frayed, torn, bleached, stained, creased, faded, etc.) photo.
- Scan, using the following settings
- Output Type: Millions of Colors (24 bit)
- Resolution: 600 dpi
- Open the file of the scanned image in Photoshop.
- Adjust the contrast and brightness of the image in Image - Adjustment - Levels.
- Use the clone stamp, the spot healing brush, and the healing brush to remove dust, scratches and other marks.
- Change the mode of the photo layer to Multiply.
- Create a new layer under the photo layer.
- Paint light, vibrant colors under the photo layer.
- Scan at 600 pixels per inch or higher
- Duplicate the layer containing the original photo, so that you always have the original scan.
- The top photo layer must be set on MULTIPLY mode, at 100% opacity
- The color layers should be below that, at 100% opacity
- ALWAYS use only light, bright colors to paint (from the top left corner of the Color Picker)
- Level of ambition in selection of photograph (How damaged is it?)
- Degree/quality of "fix" - improved values, improved contrast, removal of all unwanted marks
- Quality of painting
- Visual impact of color