AKVIS Retoucher: Fixing a Photo and Removing Unwanted Background Details

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Tutorial: AKVIS Retoucher

Improvisation: Dance of the Little Swans


The author of this tutorial is Lidia Rosalska.

This spring, as usual, we took a walk outdoors. It was the beginning of April, but winter was slow to recede. Densely packed snow carpeted the ground, and the forest was solemn and gripped by a stern silence. The river had just begun to shake off its icy shell, and deep within its banks water tossed and churned noisily. But the air carried something cheerful, fresh, and invigorating. It meant a quick change was approaching, and each of us, tired of our six-month hibernation, greedily inhaled this invisible aroma of spring. We wanted to be carefree and dance.

    Original Image Result


  • Step 1. Take an amateur photo that perhaps didn't turn out so well but still has an endearing quality to it. Let's see how AKVIS programs can bring it to life.

    Spring 2012
    Spring 2012
  • Step 2. In the photo, that spring day seems bleak and grim, but it was not so. To correct the brightness and saturation, I'll use the Two Keys effect in AKVIS ArtSuite.

    Two Keys Effect
    Two Keys Effect

    The photo has brightened considerably:

    Result of Tone Correction
    Result of Tone Correction

    Note: You can use other AKVIS programs which offer the post-processing and tone correction features, such as AKVIS Enhancer, AKVIS HDRFactory, AKVIS MakeUp etc.

  • Step 3. It's clear that one pair of arms is in the wrong position. Unfortunately, we can't go back in time and retake the photo, but we can correct it with AKVIS Retoucher. After all, we are striving for perfection, right?

    Choose the Selection Brush and paint over the area where the arms cross:

    Selecting an Object
    Selecting an Object
  • Step 4. Next make a few strokes with the Linear Retouch tool to correct some imperfections on the coat sleeve:

    Using Linear Retouch
    Using Linear Retouch
  • Step 5. Now press to process the image and... the arms are in the right position!

    Retouching Result
    Retouching Result
  • Step 6. Similarly, we can remove the bars from the background. Small flaws can be corrected with the Clone Stamp .

    The photo looks great! We can now proudly share it with family and friends.

    Impoved Photo
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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