Moments of the Past: Image Restorations - AKVIS Retoucher vs Photoshop
 

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Tutorial: AKVIS Retoucher

Moments of the Past

 

The author of this article Tracy Bullen (Australia) shares her experience: "I am always on the search for software that can make my restorations not so much easier, but faster. Recently I downloaded a program called AKVIS Retoucher and decided to try it on one of my old family photos. I didn’t take screenshots because for the first time I was too engrossed in what this gem of a program can do."

Compare the original photo and the final restoration result:

    Original Image Result

Tracy describes what she did to restore the photo:

    The original photograph was sent to me by my Aunt and measures 2 and a half inches by 5 inches. I took a photograph of it using my canon 600D to get the size I needed to be able to restore it. I only shoot in RAW files and convert to JPEG using Corel Paintshop X6.

    Source Image
    Source Image

    The features of your program that I used on this photo were the Spot Remover , Patch , Clone and Selection Brush . The one that I did in photoshop was using only the clone and content recognition. I had also changed the colour of the one I did in photoshop to greyscale prior to doing the restoration.

    As you can see, the background of the photo is already pretty clear. The clarity I referred to in this photo is the seamless integration of the restored sections into the original photo using AKVIS, as compared to the blurriness of using photoshop. However, I have been able to use AKVIS Retoucher to correct a photo by patching and cloning darker areas to lighter areas to add more contrast and shadows, so it certainly can be done with your program, if someone is willing to sit and take the time to do it, as it involves a lot of time working on tiny areas of the photos. I still have work to do on the restored photo, but will leave it as it is for now. Later I will be restoring the right hand side of the house. The guitars will be left alone to keep some of the ‘old’ look to the photo.

    Where the background was fixed, I used the Patch tool larger than I need to use it, then used the Clone brush to bring the surrounding area into it. The holes were fixed using the Spot remover brush and the Selection Brush. I zoomed the size of the photo in the program to use the Selection Brush as I use it on the smallest (red mask brush) tool size. The window was done using both Clone and Patch, the same way I did the pieces of the background.

    Restoration using AKVIS Retoucher
    Restoration using AKVIS Retoucher

    I saved the photo and I can compare it with a version of the photo that I did using photoshop:

    Restoration using Photoshop CS6
    Restoration using Photoshop CS6

    The photoshop version took 12 hours and I still wasn’t happy with it. In comparison, AKVIS Retoucher literally outdid Photoshop, not only in the restoration part, but the clarity of the photo is really beyond.

 
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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