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2 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Photo Restoration

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About This Class

Do you have an old picture that means a lot to you ? Is it in a bad condition ? Then this tutorial is for you!

In this tutorial you will learn how to restore an old photo that was damaged.

Through this tutorial you will learn the following skills:

  • Work with the spot healing brush tool
  • Work with the healing brush tool

This will allow you to save a digital copy of a precious memory that will now remain for you without the risk of being torn or damaged.

This video is provided with its corresponding exercise files that you can download (Check the section Class Project).

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Joe Ghalbouni

I aim to teach in a fun and useful way!


"LearningWhilePracticing" has one of the most practical approaches when it comes to learning. Our goal is to let you be operational as quickly as possible while at the same grasping all the concepts required. Being able to work on your projects through a software while learning it at the same time, is a source of motivation that will make you go further.

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1. Introduction: the concept off learning While practicing simple. It allows you to learn through a fun project different tools in a softer, for example, In this video about photo restoration, you're gonna learn how to restore an old and damage picture. Let's suppose you have an old picture of your grandparents that has bean quite damaged with time, you could scan it and then imported through for a shop and work it once again to have a beautiful picture that you can print back later on. Different skills you're gonna learn this tutorial are how to use the spotting and brush toe , how to use the healing brush tool, how to use the stamp tool and how to work with levels in order to make the picture appear as if it was brand new on the life once again. So if you'd like to learn all about for the restoration, do not hesitate to enroll this course 2. Photo Restoration: in this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to restore an old picture. Let's suppose that you have a picture off your grand parents that is pretty scratched on Pretty damaged. Now the first thing you want to do in order to send it by email is to scan it. So the problem with scanners usually is that once you scan a picture, the colors are a bit faded away. But that's not the only problem that I have. If the picture is old and they scratched, I need to fix it. Otherwise, all the scratches will appear now, in order to start right away, I'm going to go to fine Open, and I'm going to choose the picture that I have from the folder of exercise fights that you can download in the link below. For free. I'm gonna choose Tutorial seven Image one, which is the only file that I have for this tutorial. Now, in this black and white photo, you can see that there are many different scratches, whether it's on the face, on the face and hair in the background on the tie on the suit. And, of course, the colors are pretty faded they are not a life Now. What I'm gonna do is correct all the scratches that I have in my picture and play with the color correction in order to bring back some contrast and brightness as well as the levels off the color. So the first thing I'm gonna do is unlock the layer right there in order to start editing it right away just the way that I want to do a free editing. Now, from the tools that I have right there, one tool that I'm going to start using is the spot healing brush tool. So how does the spot healing brush tool works now? What I want to do in the scratch areas here is to reconstruct all the parts so that they are similar to the skin. So what I'm going to do, for example, in the small spots right there, I'm going to make sure that the spot healing brush can correct them. In order for me to do that, I need to choose a size off brush that is big enough to contain the imperfection and some of the surrounding which it will use to reconstruct the missing point. If I think the brush that is too small that some gonna work out. If I take one that is too big where it will contain more imperfections, it's not gonna understand how I want my reconstruction to be. So I just need one that is just enough. For example, this is a perfect size. Once I have selected my brush size, I simply have to click on the imperfection and it goes away. I can do now the same thing with imperfections that have a similar size here, for example, I keep clicking. It's really a very easy thing to do. I just click and it goes away. I make sure every time that I click that my imperfection is contained within the circle, and that's surrounding from which my brush with take reference are also contained in the brush. So see, for now, this part off the forehead is now pretty clean. Now I'm going to continue right there, just removing as many imperfection as possible, and you're going to see off course what I'm gonna do with the bigger imperfections so you can work with me and do exactly as I'm doing. Going to see that, too, is really an awesome, too, Like it's one of the most are Central's off for a shop. You see, just that we just with simple clicks, I'm already cleaning the picture. I can see something that is even better than what I have is pretty much better, actually, much better than what I have now. I also want to show you something interesting that you can do with the spot healing brush to now, for example, here instead off making my brush bigger. In order to contain all that imperfection, I can simply click and hold and do something like this on release. So what it does is that corrects with the surrounding without me having to choose a bigger brush size. I can do, for example, here by choosing a brush size a bit bigger, I can do the same thing right there on Boom. Everything is corrected. So basically, just alternate and see what works best for your picture. Okay, that's no, there are no general rules, actually, so I'm just making sure everything is corrected. So for now, I'm not going to speed up the video because I want you to be able to pose and reproduce every step, so once you discover how the tool works, once you practice a bit, you're going to see that this is not complicated at all. And now for this bigger imperfection right there. I'm gonna work slowly and you see now I'm starting to be limited with that tool. And if I get back, that's what I had without the spotting brush tool. That's what I have now. And actually, it's messier. So what I'm gonna do now is I'm going to use the healing brush to now the healing brush tool. Unlike the spot healing brush, tool needs a reference point. So the reference point that I'm gonna take by clicking on the by hitting story on my keyboard, the all keep is choosing reference point right there from where it will know how to reconstruct. Once I have hit the button on my keyboard, I simply click right there in order for my tool to know what area I want to have as a reference. And now I can simply click right there in order to reconstruct. Now I have to change it frequently because after a certain time it starts to reconstruct the old image. So I have to be patient. I have to construct step by step. I simply have to take patches off the skin that I find like here. For example, I made a mistake. So I get back. I have to take patches of the skin that I feel are as close as possible to what I want to reconstruct. Now, of course, as humans. Once we look at this picture, unlike the computer, we exactly know what should be behind the scratch. But for the computer, it needs a certain algorithm. It needs to know how to reconstruct such a missing part. That's why it needs references. It's actually pretty hard for for the show to know that there's supposed to be a forehead than this supposed to have this color. It's a truck. Now I'm going to try to get back to the heating brush to like this. See, it's actually just a matter of trying between the two tools. You know, you just alternate. There are no general rules to do that. You just see the tool that suits best between those two. See, that one isn't working. You try the other. So now, as you can see him, my picture is becoming pretty neat. Pretty clean. So this is a great thing off the digital power. Something that you couldn't do if you didn't have a computer. You know, correcting a picture like this would be pretty impossible. So I just make sure that my lines Onley contained the imperfections so that I don't mess up the face that I'm trying to reconstruct. Going to get back here to the heating brush tool like this. Tried to take the line off the nose so that they keep the contrast, do the same thing here under the eye. Here. I want to remove the dark spot. I also want to remove the dark patch right here. I made the mistake. Have to take this reference point. So you see, the reference point is very important. I need to carefully choose it. Of course, you're gonna have the time to practice on your computer since you have the precise file on since you know how the tool works. Might even do a much better job. And I did actually, that would make me happy and feel free to send them to me as well. I have no problem with that. Okay, Now I'm going to keep working on the face. I'm going to get back to the spot. Heating brush, tool on the spot. Heating brush to is delicate when I come to a difference off background right there. So I'm carefully choosing the buff. Okay, So as I remind you, in order for me to draw a bath, I simply click on whole click right there on select the imperfections that I want and release. That's basically how I'm doing from one time. It's not clean. I do it a second time. Okay, Right there. I'm going to get smaller Size organism in care Picture is becoming much better already. Now for the hair. It's gonna be trickier. For now, it's OK here as well. You see here I made a mistake because that's what I was telling you. When there's a difference of background, I have to be very careful because otherwise it will reconstruct from both off the backgrounds and it's going to give me something messier than on I'm trying to correct. So I'm trying to be extremely careful. And of course, sometimes there is a limit to actually how much can correct. I mean, you cannot do miracles but what you can do, However, now, since you see, I'm feeling that I'm starting to get limited, I'm going to use the clone stamp to now the clones. Time to is going to get is actually working just like the healing brush tool. But the difference is that the reference point is not used to reconstruct it used to copy. So if I do something like this, I hold the AL key on my keyboard and I click here. So now it's going to reconstruct from the reference right there, so it's gonna actually copy it. So if you see now, as I drag like, for example, if my start is from here, then this point is gonna reconstruct from here and on the X and Y axis right there. That's the difference between clone stem tal on the healing brush to actually a photo correction might take several hours. I'm just doing it quickly, and here I'm gonna really used the clone stamp tool, you know, to reconstruct the hair. First, I make sure to reconstruct as much as possible the forehead. I think the limit right here with the hair and no, I use the reference right there on. I start building back the hair. It's actually not an easy task, but since the hair is supposed to be pretty homogeneous, then it's feasible with the clone stamp toe. Okay, it's already start to look pretty nice. I want to get trip all the shades off blue. Have to make sure the lt's well clicked. Otherwise, it will be a simple click without the art, which is copying from the reference. Okay, I'm gonna try to give some heating brush tool right there in order to correct it. So once you have corrected the area Oops. I made a mistake. Once you have corrected the area, using the healing brush tool actually helps a lot. So here I make sure things that are correct. And here you can see, I have reconstructed the hair on my picture is starting to get pretty nicked. I still have to correct the background right there. So I simply used the healing brush tool, The spotting rush to actually. So the first tool that I've been using since I started this video. So here this one is really easy because it's a uniformed background. So that's not complicated. I can use the tool several times on the same path in under for me to have it perfectly corrected. There's no trouble here. Now, once I'm going to get close to a border, which will be the here. I have to be careful. Have to be really careful. So now I'm gonna make sure that things are corrected. Click my click. So here, as you can see one, I'm at the border. Things are a bit harder. So I'm going to get back to the clone stamp too. And I'm going to copy from the clone stamp in order to correct any border that they gonna get back here. I want treaty edges on the ear to be perfect here. I have some imperfection in the background are also going to use the clone stamp too. Make everything uniforms. Now I'm going to get back to the spot, meaning to remove that white spot right there. Still have some spots I need to take care off, like this one right there. This one right here. I'm being very picky. Even though I'm working pretty fast and right there and here we go. So basically, I have done the first part, which is correcting all the scratches that I had in my picture once more. So actually, the reason I haven't seen those before is because there were many more important scratches and I'm becoming really picky. So just show you an example. That's what we had. And that's what we have now, As you can see, I'm still not satisfied with the colors. So what I'm gonna do is going into image adjustments and levels. So this picture is in the RGB mode red, green, blue colors. And I'm simply gonna work out with those three in order to bring it to life. So this one, for example, once I go darker, it's gonna work out on the darker colors on make them a bit dark. Now I'm have to be careful, because here there should be a contrast with soup. So I cannot do something like this. For example, I have to keep the contrast as much as possible. Then here in the middle, it's it will allow me to write in the picture and here on the heist, which basically so let me explain. This is the lowest, darkest corners, the midrange coral on the highest range color. So here for example, it's what it will allows me to make the white come to life. But I don't want to have something like this because this is here a saturation. So I don't want to saturate the colors. I want to make sure the colors are brought to life it without too much saturation. So I can also play like this. Basically, what you have to do is really play with them the way you want. And here you have the preview that is checked. I can't un check it to see how I want, how I waas and what they have now. So I'm pretty satisfied with this result right there if I compare them so I'm just going to click, OK? And you see, now you have your fully corrected picture. So just to give you an idea, that's what we had and that's what we have. So now I think the picture is much more beautiful. Off course. In later tutorials, I'm going to show you how to color black and white pictures so you could use this upcoming tutorial in order to correct on color any old photo that you have. Thanks for watching and stay tuned for more videos to come