Photo Restoration Tutorial – Part 4 – Spot Removal


Do you have spots in your old family
photos that you would like to get rid of I’m going to show you how to do that
using Photoshop right now. Welcome back to another episode on Genealogy TV. This
is the fourth video in the Walls Family Photo Restoration series, where I’m
showing you how to go from this image to this image using Photoshop Creative
Cloud, but first let me introduce myself if you’re new here my name is Connie
Knox. I am a lifelong genealogist, video professional and photographer here to
help you go further faster with your family research. Let’s jump into the Spot
Healing Brush tool to remove those spots. In previous episodes we had created this
image starting with this image that had a large crack in it and then I created a
selection of just the corner and was able to move that corner into place so
that we could then work on fixing this crack in the image and then what we did
using the Spot Healing Brush tool was we were able to fix that crack for the most
part we still have a little work to do on it but one of the things that I
noticed was that all of this font here in my layers menu is getting rather
obnoxious it’s it’s in my way and so what we can do is we can turn all this
on so you can see what I’m talking about in the very first episode in this series
we labeled all of the walls family here so that we could properly name everybody
in it so what we can do is we can select these layers and I’m going to hold the
shift key down and so that I select all of the font layers and then I’m going to
create them into a group and now they are grouped as you can see if we twirl
this out there they are and now we can turn them all off and on with one click
of this little eyeball here and so I’m gonna rename this by double clicking and
I’m just gonna call it font and so now I can turn that off and continue working
but now that is cleaned up a little bit so that I can see my layers exactly as I
wish now going back to the last layer we worked on in the
is the one where we had used the Spot Healing Brush tool I’m going to turn
this on and I like to use a different layer for every step of the process so
what I’m gonna do is I’m going to you ctrl J to create a copy of that layer
and I’m gonna go back and I’m gonna name this one Spot Healing crack because
that’s what I did I was using the Spot Healing Brush tool on the crack so now
we’re going to start working on this layer and we can turn the others off but
you’re because they’re underneath this layer you’re not going to see them and
we’re going to come over here to the zoom tool and we’re going to come in
really close and I’m going to show you how to get rid of some of these spots
now I’m going to hold the spacebar down and so that it gives me the move tool
and I’m going to work on just some of these spots to give you an idea of how
you can do this back here pretty effectively so coming up here oops wrong
tool we can grab the Spot Healing Brush tool again and we want that circle we’re
going to try and clean up these little spots but we want that circle to be just
slightly larger than the spot that we are fixing and so by clicking on it we
can go and remove some of these spots and what it’s doing is its sampling the
pixels around that area replacing the spot with the pixels from in the image
around it so I’m gonna again hold the space bar down and I’m gonna move so
that I’ll have to zoom in and out and I’m just going to keep working my way
around some of these spots now you can actually drag this across the line like
that and it will replace but sometimes it’s visible so that’s why you want to
use the smallest brush that you can you can adjust the brush up here with the
size or what I prefer to do I’m going to come back and fix that one right there I
prefer to use the brackets those are the big square brackets if you just click on
the left bracket it makes it smaller you click on the right bracket it makes the
brush larger and it is much faster you use the keyboard shortcuts now this here
is going to be a challenge I’m going to click on it see what happens
and see it left a little smudge I’m gonna undo ctrl Z and I may come over
here and click around it to get it as close as possible and instead of using
the brush healing tool in his hairline I’m gonna use the clone tool which is
right here the clone stamp tool and I’m gonna zoom in so you can see what I’m
doing move over using the spacebar again
I’m gonna grab the clone tool again and I’m going to hold the Alt key down so
that I’m sampling part of his hair that brush might be a little big I’m gonna
make the brush smaller again I’m going to sample I’m gonna sample right here
and I’m gonna move that right here and I’m gonna click and paste basically is
what I’m doing and you can kind of see the edge of his hairline now I’m going
to grab another sample right here and I’m going to come up with it to meet the
other sample and then I’m gonna grab a sample right here and I’m gonna cover it
up here and now it’s a little bit better now I’m can grab a sample right here and
come and ever so closely so now we’ve got a little bit better of a hairline
I’m gonna go back to the Spot Healing Brush tool while my brush is way too big
now so I’m gonna go really small and try and fix a couple of these other spots
while I’m in here and as we continue to work our way
around the image we can go through and we can clean up all these little spots
and so that is a quick way to help clean up the spots so as I work on this I
thought you might be interested to hear a little bit about the walls family they
lived in Ronda in Wilkes County North Carolina
this was my mother-in-law’s family now this young man is my husband’s
grandfather I have already done some work on his
photograph but you’ve got to be really careful around faces especially around
the eyes his name was Clarence Monroe walls now this young man’s name is C
Ernest I assume he went by Ernest and this is James walls and I had previously
worked on James’s face just a little bit this is bevel Hampton walls and this was
my husband’s great-grandfather and he was born in 1866 in rondo in Ronda which
is Wilkes County North Carolina and he died also in Wilkes County in 1949 now
keep in mind we don’t want to clean up all these that’s actually the fabric of
aura this is aura over here so we got to be
careful not to remove the original content look at those eyes moving on
this is Mary Melinda or also known as Mollie Mollie was born in 1867 look at
her eyes holy cow now that is not a scratch that’s actually shadows under
her eyes now Mollie was also born in Wilkes
County on the 5th of April 1867 and her maiden name was Gilliam she also died in
Wilkes County my records show she died in a place called Edwards other than
that I’m not gonna over doctor this photograph I like to have my images look
reasonably like the original I like that old look you know it’s it is an art
photo restoration and it’s kind of like in the eye of the beholder and this
this is my I I like I like do like the texture of the original grain of the
negatives and so I will leave a lot of it alone now this is Charles walls and
it’s going to take a little bit more work to work on fixing his eye so we’re
gonna do that in another episode right now I’m still cleaning up the scratches
now Charles Collett walls was born also in Wilkes County on the 8th of October
1899 and I’m gonna guess he can’t be but 5 or 6 years old in this photograph and
that is part of process of photo restoration is when you start looking at
a photograph and you go now wait a minute how old is this child we know he
was born in 1899 so we can get a rough estimate on the date this photograph was
taken you know one of the great things about doing photo restoration is you you
find yourselves ooming in a lot and and getting really down close and look at
what I’ve discovered when I got in here really close we have a pin here that
probably has some meaning to it and this woman is wearing a brooch with
somebody’s photograph in it boy wouldn’t it be a find now this is Lizzie ADA
balls Lizzie ADA walls she was born in 3rd of
September in 1902 in Wilkes County North Carolina and she died the 23rd of
January 1983 Lizzie you’re looking pretty good girl and so that is a spot
removal and here is the before with all the spots and here is the after so
before and after now there’s still some more work that could be done but this is
a whole lot better than we had a little while ago in the next episode we’ll
start working on contrast and trying to take some of this washout out of the
screen and make it a little bit more make the image pop a little bit better
spot removal takes time to work through the entire photograph but the results
are always worth the effort now that the crack has been repaired and
the spots removed I’ll start working on levels and contrast adjustments to help
really make this come back to life if you like that please give me the thumbs
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