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10/20/2003 05:17:46 PM · #1
This photograph was in a wedding album cover for quite sometime and got stained over the years.

Can someone tell me how to remove the stain on the cuff of the wedding dress? With the lace I can not seem to get it right. I have used the Dodge Tool, Copy Tool and the Healing Brush. I can remove the stains at the bottom where there is no lace pattern.

43106.jpg

Calvus
10/20/2003 05:49:55 PM · #2
you could try the clone tool - by cloning some of the unstained lace and putting it over the stained area.

use as large a clone tool brush as you can.
i find that tool to be quite helpful

soup
10/20/2003 05:52:31 PM · #3
Firstly, try selecting the offending areas. Then use Hue/Saturation to reduce the yellow saturation whilst beefing up the brightness. I'd imagine that will help, before you give clone/brush a go..
10/20/2003 05:55:12 PM · #4
Try cloning a small part of a clean area that has about the same brightness tone as you intend to copy that part to.
repeat this to cover a part of a stain with the small "bricks", then flatten the image, and use the smudge tool to smear all sharp edges off the "bricks" and smudge out any visible stain colors left that hasnt been covered. finish up with selecting the area and use: Filter-pixelate-fragments, to hide some of the "smudgings"
might want to use the smudge tool again alittle here and there...

Did a small area with this tecnique, take a look on the results here:

Edit: Ops missed the part in you message that you "could remove the stains at the bottom where there is no lace pattern" sorry.. :)

Message edited by author 2003-10-20 18:02:00.
10/20/2003 05:57:38 PM · #5
Here's my quick effort.

//www.calcaria.net/43106a.jpg

EDIT: How I did that:

Wand select the cuff with tolerance 30, anti-aliased, and contigious settings. Then use Hue/Saturation. Select Colorize and set hue to 219.

You could also try reducing the wand tolerance and do it in bands. This would help get the result spot on, and prevent the slight patching my quick example suffers..

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Message edited by author 2003-10-20 18:17:19.
10/20/2003 06:18:43 PM · #6
For the yellowish stain at the top - select it and adjust the colour balance to introduce more blue - should 'neutralise' the stain.

For the coffee rings lower in the frame, a soft edged healing brush will clear that up, sampled from the white regions close to the stain.
10/20/2003 06:22:45 PM · #7
I can't thank you guys enough!

I used the hue/saturation and finally figured it out like Paul did below. I had to get the hue to the blue range, and then adjust the saturation and lightness until they matched! Fantastic! can't tell there was a stain.

Thanks to everyone for your quick and great help!

We need more tutorials like this on DPC.

I found a website that has challenges that are all photo restoration and manipulation if anyone wants it. I did not find much help there for what I wanted but If anyone wants to enter the challenges?

//www.retouchpro.com/index.html


Thanks again :)


Calvus

Originally posted by PaulMdx:

Here's my quick effort.

EDIT: How I did that:

Wand select the cuff with tolerance 30, anti-aliased, and contigious settings. Then use Hue/Saturation. Select Colorize and it's practically done.

You could also try reducing the wand tolerance and do it in bands. This would help get the result spot on, and prevent the slight patching my quick example suffers..

10/20/2003 06:26:37 PM · #8
Something you may not know about that helped a lot for me in working out what needs to be done was the 'info' palette - you can use the little eyedropper cursor to inspect what the colours are, both in a 'good' white area as well as in the stain - then you can see what colour shift you have to do (more blue in this case) to remove the stain without having to use brushes or manipulate the pixels too much.
10/20/2003 06:33:44 PM · #9
Thanks Gordon I will test all this out.

Calvus

Originally posted by Gordon:

Something you may not know about that helped a lot for me in working out what needs to be done was the 'info' palette - you can use the little eyedropper cursor to inspect what the colours are, both in a 'good' white area as well as in the stain - then you can see what colour shift you have to do (more blue in this case) to remove the stain without having to use brushes or manipulate the pixels too much.

10/20/2003 07:00:55 PM · #10
thats a good trick
will give it a go next time..

soup
10/20/2003 11:19:00 PM · #11
The semi finished product.

Using the tips given to me I spent a few hours working on the damaged wedding photograph (and eating).

I repaired and cropped it to 8x10.

The photo was under an oval window in our wedding album for 29 years basically just showing the hands.

Original
43106.jpg

Repaired
43160.jpg


Thanks again;

Calvus

10/21/2003 09:25:49 AM · #12
Good job on that - repaired version looks great.
10/21/2003 09:31:17 AM · #13
Ditto - nice work!
10/21/2003 10:53:00 AM · #14
Wow Calvus - Nice work! :-)
10/21/2003 11:02:26 AM · #15
Thanks everyone :)

It makes me feel good that I could repair it and have it look so much better. After all the years an dragging it out at New Years, Christmas and every other family gathering it took a beating.

If you notice I also cloned and repaired the top Carnation. It was totally washed out and had no detail. I think it looks somewhat better.

I have some minor work to do on it, but we are pleased with it. I printed it out and my wife has it setting on her computer desk. My hand came out a little to red on the back side but I can tweak that again.

It is a little irritating that it looks so nice on the monitor (after all the calibration, adjusting settings and etc.) yet it prints out with the red in the hand that you can barely notice. Maybe my old 19" monitor is croaking on me :)

Thanks again;


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