Retouching photos in 7 steps: AKVIS Retoucher Tutorial

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Tutorial: AKVIS Retoucher

Retouching photos in 7 steps


The author of the tutorial is Andrey Shevchuk. He used Adobe Photoshop and plug-ins AKVIS Retoucher and AKVIS MultiBrush (ex AKVIS Stamp) to retouch a photo from his family archives.

Original image Result

Here is the photo that Andrey decided to retouch. The retouching didn't take much time, but it required assiduity and eargeness to achieve the best possible result.

An old photo from  family archives
  • Step 1. The photo is faded and has a yellowish tint, therefore, first we should convert the photo to greyscale and increase the image contrast.

    Apply the commands Auto Levels and Auto Contrast in Adobe Photoshop. If you are not satisfied with the result, you can also do the levels correction manually. When the first step is done, the contrast will be improved and the yellowish tint will become less pronounced.

    Then we apply the command Desaturate of Adobe Photoshop and the photo finally becomes black and white.

    The photo after desaturation and contrast improvement
  • Step 2. Well begun is halfway done. Now it'll be easier to proceed. We will remove scratches using the plug-in AKVIS Retoucher. First call the plug-in AKVIS Retoucher.

    You should select the scratches. Use the tool Selection Brush to paint over the scratches on the photo. The selection will be highlighted in semitransparent red.

    Select scratches

    Press the button and you will see the scratches disappearing.

    The photo after the restoration of the background
  • Step 3. We continue retouching the photo: we retouch the frame, the torn corner and the scratches that cross the people in the photograph. We repeat the actions: select the defects and start the restoration process.

    If you are satisfied with the result (which is surely so, especially if you selected the scratches thoroughly), press the button to apply the restoration result and close the plug-in window.

    The photo after the frame removal and restoration of the torn corner
  • Step 4. For the further image processing we will need one more plug-in - AKVIS MultiBrush.

    Just call the MultiBrush plugin and edit the photo with the Chameleon Brush tool .

    First we use Chameleon Brush to restore the shirt's collar of the man in the middle. It won't take long.

    • Call the MultiBrush plugin.
    • Adjust the size of the brush. For our task we need a smaller brush of 7-9.
    • Press the Alt key and use the left mouse button to select the intact part of the collar as a pattern for cloning (we will clone the line and an area around it).
    • When you click the chosen area with the mouse keeping the Alt-key pressed, this pattern is saved in the plug-in's memory buffer. Now make a left-click (without the Alt-key) on the area of the image where the collar should appear and paste the selected pattern. You can insert the pattern as many times as you like. It is possible to cancel the last action with the key combination Ctrl+Z.
    • Now you can smooth the colors of the shirt by selecting a one-color pattern under the collar and pasting the pattern into damaged parts.

    As a result you will see the following picture.

    Restoration of the shirt's collar
  • Step 5. In the previous step we showed you how to clone a part of an image using Chameleon Brush. The peculiarity of the tool is that when you paste the cloned pattern, it automatically adjusts to the color range and the texture of the background.

    We will use this feature to remove small defects and the surface imperfections. As a result we see the following picture:

    Removing small details
  • Step 6. At this step you will see one more feature of Chameleon Brush. The author of the tutorial calls it "puttying".

    After the restoration of the missing part of the image we can still notice some imperfections on the restored parts.

    We will sample a smooth pattern on the right of the people and we will use it to smooth down the backgroud. We will use this technique to remove small defects on the suit of the standing man. As a result we get the following photo.

    Remove defects that appeared when extending the photo's background
  • Step 7. Here you will see one more feature of the plug-in Chameleon Brush - reconstruction of missing details. Let's take the curtains, for example. We can notice that they do not reach the ceiling. We will extend them to the ceiling using Chameleon Brush. We can increase the brush size to 61, clone the pattern in the upper part of the curtain and copy it to the upper part of the photo.

    Restoration of the curtains

    The changes were introduced so gradually that one could think the photo has always been like that. But if we put the original photo and the restored photo side by side we will see that much work has been done.

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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