For the Mother's Day - Family Archives Restoration with AKVIS Retoucher

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Tutorial: AKVIS Retoucher

For the Mother's Day: Family Archives Restoration


Would you like to make an original present to your mother or grandmother for Mother's Day?
Restore their old photos from the family archives!

Below is an old photo sent to us by Chuck Croom. He is now engaged in the restoration of his family archives and we believe AKVIS Retoucher will be of help to him.

Compare the three photos below: the original photo covered with stains and scratches, the retouched photo and the retouched photo converted in sepia tones.

Family photo Retouched photo Retouched photo in sepia tones

We will retouch the photo using AliveColors and the AKVIS Retoucher plugin.

  • Step 1. Open the family photo in AliveColors.

    family photo
  • Step 2. Call the command Image -> Adjustment -> Black & White to get rid of the bluish hue and the stains.

  • Step 3. Open the Levels dialogue box by calling the command Image -> Adjustment -> Levels and set the following input values 17, 1.00 and 211 as shown on the picture below.

    Levels dialogue box
  • Step 4. To increase the contrast of the image move the slider Contrast to the right to +11 in the Brightness/Contrast dialogue box.

    Increase the contrast width=
  • Step 5. Increase the sharpness of the image using the Unsharp Mask filter. For this purpose select the command Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask from the menu Effects and set the following values for the parameters: Contrast = 150, Radius = 3.5 pixels, Threshold = 4 pixels.

    Unsharp Mask

    After these manipulations we get the following image:

    Increased sharpness
  • Step 6. Now we can proceed to the defects removal: we will remove scratches using AKVIS Retoucher. Call the AKVIS Retoucher plug-in, by choosing AKVIS -> Retoucher from the Effects menu an select the scratches as it is shown on the picture below.

    Select the scratches
  • Step 7. Begin the retouching process by pressing .

    After the scratches are removed, the photo will look like this:

    Scratches Removed
  • Step 8. Now a number of small defects on the image need to be removed. Use the Zoom tool to scale image to make even the smallest defects visible. Select the Chameleon Brush .

    At each place on the image where you want to remove a defect, follow these steps:

    1. Adjust the size of the brush.
    2. Designate a sample source. To do this, while pressing Alt (Mac: Option), left click with mouse on the point from which the clone sample will be taken.

      Designating Sample Source
    3. Use short strokes to mark over the defects in the image.

      Blender With Nearby Pixels

    After retouching is completed, press to apply the results.

    At this stage, the image will look like this:

    After Deleting All Defects
  • Step 9. We can improve the photo by applying the filter Gaussian Blur (Effects -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur) with the value of the Radius parameter equal to 1.

    Restored family photo

We have retouched the family photo.

Note: To convert the photo into sepia tones you should activate the Actions palette, select the command Vintage Effect from the list and press the Play button in the lower part of the palette.

You can also add colors to the photo using AKVIS Coloriage. Follow the link to see how this photo would look in color.

How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Toolbar — Toolbar
   — Parameters — Parameters
   — Vignette — Vignette
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
Examples Examples
   — Removing Large Objects — Removing Large Objects
   — Restoration of an Old Family Photo — Restoration of an Old Family Photo
   — Lioness in a Cage: Removing Rods — Lioness in a Cage: Removing Rods
   — Restoring a Picture of a Boy — Restoring a Picture of a Boy
   — Prepress Processing — Prepress Processing
   — Daguerreotype Portrait of 1893 — Daguerreotype Portrait of 1893
   — Portrait of a Child — Portrait of a Child
   — Historical Photo: a Gypsy Band — Historical Photo: a Gypsy Band
   — Badly Damaged Photo — Badly Damaged Photo
   — Remove Stains from Grandpa Photo — Remove Stains from Grandpa Photo
   — For the Mother's Day — For the Mother's Day
   — Restoration of a Boy's Photo — Restoration of a Boy's Photo
   — Retouching Photos in 7 Steps — Retouching Photos in 7 Steps
   — Old Photo from Photoshop Samples — Old Photo from Photoshop Samples
   — Ukrainian Family — Ukrainian Family
   — Baby Photo Restoration — Baby Photo Restoration
   — Black and White Photo Restoration — Black and White Photo Restoration
   — Removing Unwanted Details — Removing Unwanted Details
   — Removing Tattoos — Removing Tattoos
   — Building Up Images' Borders — Building Up Images' Borders
   — Repairing An Old Torn Illustration — Repairing An Old Torn Illustration
   — Ladies' Man: Removing Lipstick Stains — Ladies' Man: Removing Lipstick Stains
   — Improvisation: Dance of the Little Swans — Improvisation: Dance of the Little Swans
   — Moments of the Past — Moments of the Past


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