Family Archives Restoration with AKVIS Retoucher

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For the Mother's Day


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Would you like to make an original present to your mother or grandmother for Mother's Day?
Restore their old photos from the family archives!

Below is an old photo sent to us by Chuck Croom. He is now engaged in the restoration of his family archives and we believe AKVIS Retoucher will be of help to him.

Compare the three photos below: the original photo covered with stains and scratches, the retouched photo and the retouched photo converted in sepia tones.

Family photo Retouched photo Retouched photo in sepia tones

We will retouch the photo using Adobe Photoshop and the AKVIS Retoucher plugin.

  • Step 1. Open the family photo in Adobe Photoshop.
  • family photo
  • Step 2. Call the command Image - Adjustments - Desaturate to get rid of the bluish hue and the stains.
  • Step 3. Open the Levels dialogue box by calling the command Image - Adjustments - Levels and set the following input values 17, 1.00 and 211 as shown on the picture below.
    Levels dialogue box
  • Step 4. To increase the contrast of the image move the slider Contrast to the right to +11 in the Brightness/Contrast dialogue box.
    Increase the contrast width=
  • Step 5. Increase the sharpness of the image using the Unsharp Mask filter. For this purpose select the command Sharpen - Unsharp Mask from the menu Filter and set the following values for the parameters: Amount 150%, Radius 3.5 pixels, Threshold 4 pixels.
    Unsharp Mask

    After these manipulations we get the following image:

    Increased sharpness

    Now we can proceed to the defects removal: we will remove scratches using AKVIS Retoucher.

  • Step 6. To remove the scratches with AKVIS Retoucher you should first select them. Switch to the Quick Mask mode and use a pencil to paint over the scratches as it is shown on the picture below.
    Select the scratches in Quick Mask mode
  • Step 7. Call the AKVIS Retoucher plug-in, by choosing AKVIS -> Retoucher from the Filter menu, and begin the retouching process by pressing .

    After the scratches are removed, the photo will look like this:

    Scratches Removed
  • Step 8. Now a number of small defects on the image need to be removed. Use the Zoom tool to scale image to make even the smallest defects visible. Select the Chameleon Brush .

    At each place on the image where you want to remove a defect, follow these steps:

    • Adjust the size of the brush.
    • Designate a sample source. To do this, while pressing Alt (Mac: Option), left click with mouse on the point from which the clone sample will be taken.
    • Designating Sample Source
    • Use short strokes to mark over the defects in the image.
    • Blender With Nearby Pixels

    After retouching is completed, press to apply the results.

    At this stage, the image will look like this:

    After Deleting All Defects
  • Step 9. We can improve the photo by applying the filter Gaussian Blur (Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur) with the value of the Radius parameter equal to 1.
    Restored family photo

We have retouched the family photo.

Note: To convert the photo into sepia tones you should activate the Actions palette, select the command Sepia Toning (layer) from the list and press the button "Play selection" in the lower part of the palette.

You can also add colors to the photo using AKVIS Coloriage. Follow the link to see how this photo would look in color.

操作方法 操作方法
   — ワークスペース — ワークスペース
   — 操作方法 — 操作方法
   — ツールバー — ツールバー
   — パラメータ — パラメータ
   — ビネット — ビネット
   — 環境設定 — 環境設定
   — バッチ処理 — バッチ処理
操作例 操作例
   — 画像内を広範囲に除去 — 画像内を広範囲に除去
   — 古い家族写真の修復 — 古い家族写真の修復
   — 檻の中の雌ライオン: 鉄格子を除去 — 檻の中の雌ライオン: 鉄格子を除去
   — 赤ちゃんの写真の修復 — 赤ちゃんの写真の修復
   — ダゲレオタイプの修復 — ダゲレオタイプの修復
   — 人物写真の修復 — 人物写真の修復
   — 古い写真の修復 — 古い写真の修復


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