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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ask The Retoucher #43 - Photo Restoration Part II

Ask The Retoucher #43 – Photo Restoration Part II

In this 43rd article of Ask the Retoucher, Eric of Photo Grafix continues on his mission to restore a unique copy photo of martial arts legend Grandmaster Moses Powell.

First we will attack the colorcast, starting with the halo around the Master.

  1. Grab the Eyedropper tool, Alt/Option/Click and sample the area, making sure Eyedropper Tool Options bar reads 5x5.
  2. In the Channels palette, work in the Blue channel, removing the yellow spots throughout the background.
  3. Then sample the neck and eliminate the yellow on the face.
  4. Then sample the uniform and remove that yellow. Work carefully around the fingers.
  5. Create a new snapshot and look at the Before and After to evaluate your work.
  6. Remember to zoom in and out and look at the big picture. If what you changed, does not look right, then undo and start again! Be sure to keep multiple layers and multiple versions so you can start over again where you need to start.

Financial hint: Remember you don’t always have to use Adobe Photoshop to restore your photos. There are other alternatives, such as Corel PaintShop Pro. Let’s hope some day soon they will come out with a Mac version! Another open source option is Gimp, which is available for Mac and PC.

—Edited by Judy Bond for Photo Grafix University

Please send your questions and problem photos, your location—and genealogical society affiliation if appropriate—to Eric for future "Ask The Retoucher" columns. Visit Photo Grafix online for more information.

Eric runs Photo Grafix, a humble photo-retouching studio in Evanston, Illinois (USA), making photo illustrations and improving photos for hundreds of people and companies worldwide. If he doesn't know the answer, he won't rest until he finds it. Eric Basir is at your service: With each "Ask The Retoucher" article, he'll help you successfully tackle your digital photographic problems. 

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