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11 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Setup

    • 4. Color Correcting Photos

    • 5. Removing Color Casts

    • 6. Converting Photos to Black & White

    • 7. Removing Dust & Scratches

    • 8. Removing Spots

    • 9. Removing Creases

    • 10. Removing Stains

    • 11. Revealing the Finished Photo

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Discover how easy restoring old photos can be with Ashley Sperry's class Photo Restoration Made Easy. In just over 30 minutes you will learn the techniques inside Photoshop to color correct a photo as well as remove dust, scratches, spots, creases and stains. Each technique is broken into simple steps and includes a detailed cheat sheet for reference so it's ideal for beginners. Enroll today and turn your old, damaged photos into beautiful ones for family and friends!

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Ashley Dubolsky

Graphic Designer | Writer


I'm Ashley Dubolsky. I'm an artist and writer in Florida.


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1. Introduction: Well, Hello there. Welcome to photo restoration made easy. I'm Ashleigh. Are your photos stuck in the past? Are they damaged and in need of some tender loving care? Have no fear. Photo shop is here. That's right. Photo shop is here. Photo shop has been restoring damaged, lackluster photos for 26 years now, and we are going to do the same. We're gonna take a photo like this, Elin and restore and six easy steps. Let's get started. 2. Supplies: For this course, you'll need a variety of supplies. You'll need a copy of photo shop. Any version will work. You will need an old damaged photo if you don't have one handy, you can use the one that I'm providing the resources section. Depending on how you want Teoh, upload the photo to your computer. You can use a scanner to scan in the photo, or you can snap a picture of it with your phone or your camera and upload it that way. This one is optional, but I highly recommend a pen tablet. It makes it a lot easier to get into those fine details using a pin stylist versus your clunky malice, although it's totally optional and not necessary. And finally, I have a cheat sheet handy and the resource is section that will live step by step. Each technique and the steps used to achieve that technique, and I really recommend putting that out and keeping it handy, because it will make things a lot easier as you go through this course 3. Setup: Now that we have our supplies gathered together, we are going to get ourselves set up to start performing the techniques onto our photo. So first things first, we want either scan and our photo or a stamp a picture of it. Once you've done either of those, you want to upload it to your computer. So either save it to your desktop if you've scanned it or download it from your phone to your computer. So once you have a hard copy of your photo on your computer, you will want to open that photo into photo shop. Okay, here we are on our desktop. We have scanned in our photo when we're gonna open it into Photoshopped. Once we have our photo opened it a photo shop, we will duplicate the layer, and then we need to rotate it to go to image image irritation 180 degrees, and then, depending on your photo, you may need to crop out parts of it. For instance, this one is really damaged on the bottom, and it's just too far gone to try and mess with it. So I recommend just cropping out that part. If it was on their faces, it would be necessary to keep. But because it's down there, it's just not worth the hassle. So basically, just to a judgment call of what you think would be appropriate for your photo, and then we just want to crop it in a little bit closer. And then once you've Rose, hated it and cropped it. Go to file, save us, Save a copy. And we will just name this photo revised and save it to her desktop. And there you have it. We're all set up, and we're going to start color correcting and our next video. 4. Color Correcting Photos: in this video, I will show you three ways to color. Correct a photo. The first is to go to image auto color, and it instantly makes adjustments based on what it thinks would look best. The bad part is, is it's a permanent adjustment and you can't tweet get it all so you're pretty much stuck with what you get, so I prefer to do it a different way. So let's go to edit undo color. The second way is to go to image adjustments and levels and to tweak the hissed a gram. Basically, you have the shadows, mid tones and highlights and dragged these to be within the parameter of the history. Graham. So the shadows are way outside of it. So we want to drag it in. Mr. Graham starts and do the same with the highlights and click. OK, but again, the problem is that this is it basically makes a permanent change to the layer, and you have no way to adjust it. So we're gonna undo it again. And I'm just showing me showing you these options because it's good to have options. You know, one of these may work better, um, than others, so I just want to give you some options to choose. My favorite way to do this is to go toe layer new adjustment layer and go toe levels. And on this adjustment, it basically creates a new layer with the adjustment. So it's not editing the way er itself. It's just doing an adjustment above the layer so you can turn off. You can turn it on. You can do fine tuning, so it's great because it's not editing the layer itself. So basically, we want to do the same thing. We want to go in here, and we can adjust the red, green and blue all at once. Or we can go in to Red, green and blue on its own and make the adjustments. So we're gonna do, read first and drag it in. It's that it's within the history. Graham do the same with the green in the blue. And as you can see, that's what it was before. And this is after, and it's so much crisper and more contrast, and the colors air more vivid. It just looks a lot better with the levels adjustment on, so it's before and after. In the next video, I will show you how to remove color casts 5. Removing Color Casts: in this video, I will show you how to remove color casts. The first thing we want to do is we want to goto layer new adjustment layer in curves once we are in our curves. Later, we want to click on the middle dropper. This sets the great point, which is the mid tone of the photo. So say your photo is super yellowed. Don't want it to be yelled at all. You wanted to be a nice black and white, so the best way to do that to click the middle dropper here and to click a mutual area will go with her forehead here. If you click on that, it completely takes out the yellow cast and then it's a little bit blue. So in order to fix that, we will go to wear new adjustment layer in color balance. Here, we can set the amount of color that is showing, for instance, this is really blue, so we want to take the yellow blue slider here and move this little arrow over into the yellow area to remove some of that blue. And then, if you want to, you can tweet these others so that it looks a little bit more like you want it to. So instead of being so green, we can move over to Magenta and take away some of that green tent. The science and the red weaken. Treek it further. Get rid of some of that blue cast by moving it more towards the bread. And there you have it. You've completely removed any trace of the yellow. In our next video, I will show you how to do a black and white color adjustment. So say you don't want to mess with all of this to get it black and white. You just want a quick, easy way to get a black and white photo. I will show you exactly how to do that in the next video. 6. Converting Photos to Black & White: In this video, I will show you how to convert a colored photo to a black and white photo. In order to do that, we will go toe layer new adjustment layer black and white, and it will create a new layer in your layers pellets, and it instantly converts the yellow cast that there was two black and white. It's strips it of all color, but it still has channels of color, so you can adjust these channels to get V black and white photo. Look the way you want it to, and if you adjust the red slider to the left, it will give it a bit more dimension. And so, with a few clicks, you can convert your photo. It's a black and white, and one other thing you can do that, I think, makes a big difference if you go to layer new adjustment layer and curves and you create a s curve. When she put a point here, here and here and you raise the right one up. Just a hair raised the bottom one down, just a hair. It gives it a bit more dimension, so if you'll see here, we turn it off and it's it's good, but it's a little bit flat. We turned the curves layer back on. It just makes it pop a lot more. All the details or more crisp, it just really find tunes the photo before and after. So with that, we've created a black and white photo. In the next video, I'm going to discuss how we can remove dust and scratches from our photos. 7. Removing Dust & Scratches: in this video, I will show you how to remove dust and scratches. To start, we will duplicate the background layer. So we will, right click on background copy, go to duplicate layer and we will rename it dust and scratches. Click OK, and as you can see, it puts it on its own layer. Now, in order to remove the Dustin scratches, you want to go to the rectangular murky tool right here. The shortcut is M and we're gonna press the Z tool, which converts the tool Teoh a zoom tool and we're going to click and zoom in a little bit so we can see what we're working with here. And if you hold down the space bar, it turns into a hand and you can drag your phone around. So we're just gonna look and scan for any Dustin scratches that we might find and this photo is really damaged. But for now, we're just gonna dio a few areas because this would take forever to do everything. And I know you guys don't want to sit here for hours, so we're gonna do this scratch here on his forehead so we'll take the rectangular marquee tool. We will select this area. We will go to filter noise, dust and scratches, and immediately it looks great. There's a little bit of a bumpiness uneven texture there, so we will just tweak it a bit. Click OK, and if you're on a Mac, you'll do command D to de select. If you were on a Windows PC, you will do control D. We will assume out of it. So once again, we will selected with the marquee tool. And also it's good to do little pieces at a time rather than big chunks because it contend to blur it and take away some of the detail which we don't want. Go to filter noise, destined scratches and immediately it's removed, do control or command D rules like this little section here culture, and after a while it just shows here, and you could just click it, and it'll immediately make the changes, you know, to keep going back. So we want to just keep doing that until we are happy with the results Already. That looks better on her face, and like I said before, we will kind of smooth it out. She's just got a lot of crazy texture on her face. So once we have all these techniques and will kind of go and with the fuller and smudge tools and kind of smooth it out of it, just keep doing that until you get all of the dust and scratches. And if you want to just give it a cleanse of all the dust and scratches, you can just go to filter no waves, dust and scratches and it will select the entire photo and you can just tweak it. I would go down and maybe make the radius like one, because you don't want it to blur it out. But you wanted to do its job and clean it up some, so click OK, and that just kind of gets rid of any underlying Dustin scratches. In the next video, I will be showing you how to remove all of these spots. We have a lot of spots here, and this will be a very helpful tool for you. I'm sure 8. Removing Spots: in this video, I will show you how to remove spots. First thing we want to do is we want to duplicate the dust and scratches layers. Since that is the most recent layer, it's well right. Click duplicate layer and we'll name it spots. Click OK and you'll see now we have two spots layer. So in order to remove the spots, we want to use the spot healing brush tool. So what we will dio So we will make sure that the content aware is clicked and that sample , all layers, is turned on. It's essential that those air on because it basically takes wherever you're clicking, and it uses the area around it, too. Sample from and it creates a texture similar. What we'll do is we'll just click on it. We'll make it a little bit bigger, so that way there's not that weird ring. And then we'll do the other one and immediately there gone, which is awesome. Now we'll just do the use. You literally just click on him. It's awesome. It's so quick and so easy. So hold on the space for in drag. Just keep clicking and you can keep adjusting your brush to to fit the right size. Sometimes, if you may get to small it links Overheard ring. So you want to increase the size and go back over it. So that way, there is not any weird traces of it being there that this is removing the correction and this is turning it back on. Look at how amazing that clean that up in just a few seconds. So now we're gonna go back and we're gonna work on the dress and her face just a bit so you can see further. Just tell easy. This tool isn't what a difference it makes. I will say there's one more way that you can remove spots. This one's a little bit more time consuming, but it does a great job. It is called the Patch tool. It's what you'll do is you'll stay on your spots, layer, you will zoom in. We'll work on him this time. And the goodness, the patch tool and what you want to do is you want make sure that source is clicked. Make sure that new selection is clicked. Then what we're gonna do is we're gonna draw a circle around the spot with the patch tool. So we draw this circle and then we drag the selection to an undamaged area. So we're just going this and we do commanded a de select or control deed to diesel. I am just gonna show you really quick. It's much tool. I just kind of smooth it out a little bit. Then you just kind of blurred out a little, Okay, So little seemed back out. And let me assume this is with spots on without such a big difference, it's pretty incredible. So, yeah, that's how you remove spots just used the, um, spot healing brush and the patch tool. And you could make some great progress with removing any spots that you might find on your photos and the next video we're going to remove creases. 9. Removing Creases: in this video, I'm going to show you how to remove creases. So what you want to do is you want to take the background layer and you want to duplicate it, and we'll rename this creases. Then what you want to do is you want to take the healing brush tool or J as a shortcut, and you want to make sure that current layer is sampled and that source is sampled. It's a sort Sampled sample is currently what we want to dio is we want to hold down the altar option key and click and a clean area. Basically, it's gonna take a copy of this area, and then we're gonna overlay that on top of the crease. So for this crease here, we're going to zoom in. Even Moore's You can see Click J reduced size, go to another clean area, click with your mouse and put over the top, and sometimes you can only click once or twice before you have to sample a new layer again because it starts to. It's kind of old, I guess you could say, and then you need a new sample so you'll be able to tell when you need a new sample because it will start to look weird. It won't be smoothed out like it like it is here. And see if I were toe take that sample that I have on my brush right now would be like a brown spot, and that will look really bad. So we want to undo that. That's why you always and make sure you sample right next to the area that you're gonna, um, restore. So that way it's is close to the area that you're wanting to restore as possible closing in once you consume a difference. Okay, this is without. And as you can see, there's a crease here in here, in here, in here and over here. And when we turned back on or creases layer, it's completely gone. I can't even tell. But it's amazing what you can dio. So that's how you remove creases. And the next video I'm gonna talk about how you can remove stains 10. Removing Stains: in this video, I will show you how to remove stains from a photo. First, we're going to duplicate the creases layer and rename it stains. Then we're gonna go to the clone stamp tool over here or s as a shortcut alter option on a clean area. And then we're gonna click on top of the damaged area, reduce the brush size, and then I'm gonna pick this little patch of skin here because it's free of blemishes. We're gonna click Alz and click, but their mouths. And then we're gonna just simply click over the top of the stain here. There's a shadow on her arms. So I'm gonna go smaller on the brush, size and click there, touched over the top and then a trick. I'm going to show you as I usually get the smudge tool, and I kind of just I lower the brush, size and all was OK for strength. Can fourth over those edges and kind of smooth it out a bit. And then sometimes if it needs a bit more smoothing, I go to the blur tool and you could reduce the blur if you want. So it's not so powerful a little bit like 17 further, like go over and kind of smooth it out, and then it's not so obvious. So I kind of play around with those two tools a lot. I'm gonna go ahead and touch this stuff up here. We'll take a big section with the big section like this. It's helpful to keep three sampling because it's gonna pick up the edges quickly, as you can tell. See when I get a good clean sample each time and right now looks kind of weird. But don't worry, because that's what the blur and the, uh, smudge Tuller for they make it so much easier. Okay, And then we're gonna just, um, take a small sample here. We're gonna kind of just go along the edge here to smooth out the arm. If you run out of brush, you just pick up a new sample on. Just keep dragging. Okay, so it looks weird right now, but like I said, it's gonna look great in a second. Once we user handy dandy tools, it's now we're just gonna take it, and we're gonna take this much tool and kind of just smooth it out and take the blur tool increased the size of it and just kind of make a few passes over it. And if it gets too fuzzy on the arm, like see over here, it's a little bit fuzzy. You could just take the sharpened tool and kind of just hit over the top of that. And then we're gonna take the s tool again, the clone stamp tool when we're gonna finish up with these last few, um, pieces here. All right, so now we're going. Teoh, show you the finished product. This is with all the stains. This isn't about 11. Revealing the Finished Photo: