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3.3 Restore Detail

Some images need even more active intervention. In this lesson you'll learn to restore details that may have been lost.

3.3 Restore Detail

Hi, I'm Marie Gardener for tuts+ and this is archival photo restoration. This lesson is all about bringing back lost detail in your image. Sometimes parts of a face or building will be missing and it will be obvious to us on looking what they should be like. In that case, we can go ahead and patch that up If there was something missing from the shot because the highlights were blown out. Even if we knew what that element was, we still shouldn't really add it. We're trying to bring the original back, not improve on it. Okay, so you'll see that as we've done in the previous lessons. I've created a new group, and this one I've called Restore Lost Detail. Cuz that's what we're gonna be doing. And within that I've created a new layer, which we're gonna be working on, as always, in a non-destructive way. So that we don't twitch our original document. Okay, so if you've got detail missing in a photograph then we've kind of discussed what you can do. You can paint it in. Take a leaf if you've got a graphics tablet. But sometimes there's a simple way if it's not too much detail. So for example we've got this little hole here, which was entirely missing from the photograph. Now, there's a nifty little tool that the later versions of Photoshop have within Content Aware, and that's the Patch tool. So it's like the patch tool and then you draw around the area that you want to patch up. So we draw around our hole. Now much like the spot healing tool. You need to leave a little bit of an edge around the gap so it can sample from that as well and blend it a little bit better. And then you'll see there's a arrow to the right when we hover over that. So if you left click on it and drag it in a particular direction and still hold the mouse button. You'll see that it shows you what it's gonna replace it with. Now it won't be a hard edge like that it will blend it as well. But what I'm gonna try and do, and I'm gonna try and match up our tree and then I'm gonna let go. And then, you can see it's done a pretty good job. It's matched the tree quite well. There's a little bit of unusual detail here, which we can just clean up with the spot healing tool. And then we can just go ahead and fix up to that edge with the spot healing tool as well. So you can see the patch tool made a really big difference. And, it was very little effort, which is always a good thing. Now, this bottom corner which is missing is a little trickier. Because obviously you've got the detail of the park wall here coming into the pond. Now sometimes, you can use the content to where fill to select the missing corner, and put that in. But because it's so close to the edge, and because it's a very specific detail. That's just not going to work. So what we're gonna do, I'm gonna have a new layer again. We're gonna call this Bottom Right Corner Fill. Just so we're not working on the patch that we did before. And then. I'm going to go into the middle layer cuz that's the part what it was here. And I'm just gonna draw around this. And then paste it into a new layer, which I'm gonna put into our restore list detail. So I'll just hide that again. Okay, so you can see that we've basically just copied a chunk of this and shifted it to a new layer. So, because we can assume the wall goes around. I'm just gonna lower the opacity slightly. So you can see through this, there we go. We can assume the wall goes around into this corner. So we can use the existing piece of wall if we move it around a little. To try and recreate the thing that's missing. Obviously, we're gonna have to do a little blending a little warping here, as well. So what we can start to do now is just. Again, quite a low opacity and a soft eraser. And we're just gonna get rid of these corners, particularly the bits we don't need. Cuz we know that this detail's already here. So we don't need that. Okay, and again I'm just gonna lower the opacity of the layer itself. So that we can see where we are. So we need it to come around here to fill the detail. We don't need this bit at the bottom, because that goes beyond our border. As does down here. Now, we are gonna obviously crop the border later, so don't worry too much about the edges hanging over. And you can see it's brought a bit of the, oops, the past detail back there. But we can fix that, it's not a problem. Okay so, if that didn't look quite right and it's, it's not bad really. But what we could do if we needed to shift that a little more, to look more natural is we could right-click and go to free transform. Right-click again, and then Warp. And then what you would be able to do is just bring that round to the right shape. But actually, we don't really need to, that's pretty good. What I am gonna do, is just get the eraser again. And just blend out a little more around here. And then we're also gonna fix this little spot from using the original there and as I say, you are gonna crop out these edges. So you don't need to worry to much about them. And all the whole point of the course as I keep stressing, is to restore and not add. And I do seem to be going against that by adding a bit of wall. But, and yes I am gonna make excuses here. It's not too bad. We know the warp did continue round, well, we can have a pretty good guess that it did. And also, it just saves us having to crop off and lose our whole bottom section of the photograph, which would lose some of the pond and the plants. Which would be a shame. So we don't want to do that. So we're just gonna blend that in, and yeah, pretend that it didn't contradict everything that I've said. So there we go, missing pieces restored and that doesn't look to bad does it? If we just, I'll zoom right in so that you can see the full picture, the bottom corner and this little bit up here. And if I just, I vote not bad at all. As always, save your work. By now, your image should be looking pretty good. Now that we've tackled any loss or damage. It's time to correct or adjust colors and tones, which is what we'll look at in my next lesson. Thanks for watching.

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