Here is a little exercise I did for my mum who asked me to clean up this old picture of her long-lost relatives taken around the turn of the last century.
This clean up job was all done in Photoshop unfortunately Lightroom 4.2 is that sophisticated yet. Unless you know better?
Firstly I scanned the 6×4″ picture at 600 ppi giving me a 24Mb file. I chose this ppi because I will print the result at 240 dpi.
The colour scan of the warm toned original was taken in to Photoshop where I created a duplicate layer to work.
The tools I used were a combination of: Patch Tool, Clone Tool and Healing Brush.
The cleaned up file was imported in to Lightroom 4.2 where I used the RGB Curves to correct the colour of toned print to match the colour of the original.
I don’t have any particular skill or knowledge in the area of retouching old photos but it seemed to work out ok.
With time and effort it would be possible to remove all the defects and scratches gathered over the last century but that would stifle the charm of such pictures of those who have gone before us.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.
(C) Andy Beel FRPS 2012