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How to Repair an Old Photo Pt.2

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Nov 18

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Summary on Repairing and Old Photo

How to Repair an Old Photo in Photoshop Pt.2
In Part 2 we are focusing on the photo itself. There are many good tools to use when doing this sort of thing, but the three to keep in mind are the clone stamp, healing brush, and patch tool. Mom helps me get the details right as we re-create a lot of the photo.

Mom also tells us where Barbie and Ken come from, and that she was called Barbie as a child. Something I never knew until now.

What You Will Learn

  • 0:45 – Review Part 1
  • 1:30 – Explanation of Clone VS Healing VS Patch
  • 3:00 – Using the Patch Tool
  • 5:00 – Details in the Face
  • 6:40 – Painting in Eyes
  • 9:30 – Explanation of Barbie
  • 10:30 – Using Clone Stamp to Clean Up
  • 11:00 – Speed Retouch

Question of the Day

What tool do you use most often? Clone Stamp, Patch, or Heal?

  • Anonymous

    After I watched the last two episodes I found a few old photographs that I had repaired a few years ago with my then-new Photoshop CS. I thought they looked pretty good back then, but looking at them now….I did a terrible job.  I’m going to try again now that I’ve learned so much from Phlearn. 

    I’d have to say I used the Spot-healing tool set for content-aware the most of the three tools. It works wonders on wrinkles. :)   and removing fly-away hairs.

  • Daniel James T. Cook

    Oh, cool, I like the table O’ contents! Great episode too. 

  • Anonymous

    Awesome job and that Gordon Ramsey video cracked me up!

  • Aaron Nace

    Thanks Daniel!

  • Justin Bonaparte

    Nice job!

  • Frogmanbryan

    Saw the Gordon video on Tosh.O haha

  • Anonymous

    This never seems to want to post my pics, but here’s one I did. It doesn’t get much worse than this. There were pieces missing that actually turned up when I was done. Oops. It would have helped. There are some issues with it, but as far as the clean-up, I’m happy with it.

  • Anan Adnan

    Great job :)
    i think it will be so cool if you make in color now ?

  • John100

    2 question id appreciate answering…for your wacom tablet you know how they have like 10 different tips? do those tips make any difference to anything? and when will you be switching the videos you buy from streaming to download?

  • Anonymous

    That’s a pretty impressive restoration. 

  • Dave Prince

    Thanks for sharing the Gordon Ramsay video. Sharing it with literally everyone I know. Pretty genius editing.

  • Aaron Nace

    The tips are mostly a change of FEEL, not function, like writing with a felt tip instead of a ballpoint, one has more resistance. I am in the middle of the download process as we speak :)

  • Jacqueline Camacho

    This couldn’t have come at a better time.  About a month ago, my mother sent me an old photo of my grandfather in his soccer team at about 25 years old.  Needed a lot of clean up…… Good tips from you.  Never thought of using color samples and painting them in for the frame.  I can’t seem to select the frame by itself like you did.  I can select small sections, but not the whole frame.  Obviously doing something wrong.  :(

  • Neil Rhodes

    Great video but to avoid all that messy smears when patching out stains on the shirt, why not address the stains before any restoration goes ahead. Using the black and white conversion mode, slide out the reds and yellows and then start the restoration, so much easier!

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  • Andrea Peipe

    Your mum is so funny! :D

    And I am addicted to the patch tool, I discovered it a few months ago and I am addicted to it ever since!

    And the end where you had things on fast-forward…woah the part with the eyes was incredible! I have to try that some time! 

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Having trouble cloning out fly away hairs on a complicated background? Duplicate your layer. On the bottom layer, use the liquify tool to shrink the head, which extends the background into the head (make sure to try and keep the background looking good and not warped around to much) . Now on top layer, use a mask to reveal the extended background, hiding the fly away hair.