Old Family Photo Restoration: Using AKVIS Retoucher

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Tutorial: AKVIS Retoucher

Restoration of an old family photo


Take a look at the old scanned photo and the result of restoration in AKVIS Retoucher.

    Original image Result

This old photo is considerably damaged. We will restore this photo in two stages. At the first stage we will apply automatic processing in AKVIS Retoucher that will perform the preliminary work of removing most scratches and making big scratches less visible. At the second stage we will retouch the remaining defects with the post-processing retouching tools.

    Old family black and white photo
  • Step 1. Selection of the damaged area.

    First of all, we should paint over all scratches and the inscription on the child's shoulder using the Selection Brush in AKVIS Retoucher.

    We do not paint over the fold line that crosses the photo as it goes across the faces of the mother and child and it can be retouched better manually.

    Selection in Retoucher
  • Step 2. Automatic restoration.

    Press the button to start the photo restoration process. The program reconstructs selected parts of a photo by using information from surrounding areas.

    When Retoucher is through with its job, the photo will look like this:

    Result of Retoucher restoration
  • Step 3. Retouching tools.

    Now you can proceed to the second stage of restoration and retouch minor defects with the post-processing tools: Clone Stamp and Chameleon Brush . Both are available only in Home Deluxe and Business versions of Retoucher.

    Alternatively, you can remove small defects using AliveColors which offers these and some other useful retouching tools.

    Retouching result
The original picture is taken from the School of Art, Design and Art History site — art.sdsu.edu .
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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