Removing Unwanted Details: PS Elements and Retoucher

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Tutorial: AKVIS Retoucher

Removing Unwanted Details


The author of this tutorial, Silvano Dotti (Apple Distinguished Educator of the Italian ADE Team) explains how to restore an image using the AKVIS Retoucher plugin in Photoshop Elements.

    Original Image Result

Silvano Dotti writes:

  • Step 1. Open the image to be restored. It's obvious that there is a horizontal wire running across the image as well as some poles at the bottom.

    Original Photo
  • Step 2. Unfortunately, though PhotoShop Elements has the Quick Selection and Selection Brush tools (very useful for restoring old photos), it does not have Quick Mask mode, which would be very useful here. I'll use a different method - selection in AKVIS Retoucher.

    Launch AKVIS Retoucher from the Filter menu in PS Elements:

    Launching the AKVIS Retoucher Plugin
  • Step 3. Choose a Selection Brush tool (hot-key B) to indicate areas that are selected. Then I begin to mark the "defects".

    Mark the defects on the image

    Just the poles remain...

    Mark poles

    ...all the defects have been marked:

  • Step 4. Start processing by pressing the button, and like magic, the areas I want to remove from the photo disappear!

    If you are satisfied, press the button to apply the result to the image.

    Here's the result:

    Risultato finale


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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