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So many people think that software is expensive. Just take a step back and think about your mobile phone contract? You pay for that every month because you need the latest phone, the same applies to software. If you are going to be setting up in photo restoration or trying it out for a hobby or whatever, Adobe Photoshop could not be any cheaper right now.
There are some amazing deals with Adobe for single application packages. If you want Photoshop, you’ll get LightRoom thrown in for less than £10 per month!!!. Honestly that is good considering you’ll receive all the latest updates and the latest version of the software, you’ll get access to 20GB online storage space and full technical support if needed.
Adobe is now in the cloud! Nothing scary it just means you download the software instead of buying a box. Because it son line you get updates and other online benefits, such as extra storage space and user privileges.
Now you can sign up for Adobe Photoshop and go back through my blog and find all the tips and tricks using this great software to help restore your photos too!
Whats is in the latest version?
- Masses of new features, camera shake correction for fixing those jogged camera moments, when the image shows camera shake moment.
- All new smart sharpen to take total control over sharpening your photos with added grain suppression.
- Design tools: Use type styles, editable shapes, enhanced Scripted Patterns and Fills, vector layers that let you apply strokes and gradients to vector objects, tools for quickly creating custom strokes and dashed lines, and more.
- Perspective warp – Fluidly adjust the perspective of a specific part of your image without affecting the surrounding area. Change the viewpoint from which an object is seen.
Just pop along to adobe (dot) com to get all the latest pricing and information
You just cant go wrong at this exciting time in buying the industry standard in photo editing software… go on do it!
I received a call at 8.45am this morning from BBC Radio Solent inviting me on the Alex Dyke show at 10:10 am talking about flood damage photos and the recent flooding disaster. Obviously I said yes! Having previously been talking about photo restoration on BBC National Radio on the Mark Wright show i jumped at another chance to share what we can do.
I think its fair to say at such short notice its easy to panic but “be yourself”. It should be less nerve racking than when I was broadcast Nationally last time on evening radio. This time of the morning is in tune with my target audience, or at least i hope so.
I wish to thank Alex Dyke for having me on the show and the team at the BBC
Water stains on photo can be restored but some are far more tricky than others.
I was recently contacted by Robert who had an old photo mounted on card. A long time ago it had received some water damage which had since gathered dirt. To compound the problem the surface of the photograph was textured with those horrendous “stipple bumps”. Up close it looks like someone has covered the photo with bubble wrap. This was a surface treatment originally designed to toughen the image for wear and tear. It did not appear to be affected by thumb prints so seemed the ideal Matt paper. Unfortunately it left a myriad of minute channels and troughs for dust and dirt to gather in over the years.
Tackling this image required the use of a variety of techniques from the restoration tool box.
Firstly the image was treated with an FFT filer to remove the texture. (Fast Fourier Transform). “Fourier” is the surname of the person who invented the technique. He came up with a ways of deconstructing an image mathematically and with his calculations was able detect and then remove regular patterns or textures. If you own a digital image editing program you may find a plugin or process that uses this to remove textures.
The image was then converted to a black and white. The uneven contrast was tackled next. Sections of the image were masked out and brightened and treated for tone and contrast to attempt to get a more evenly lit image. Ultimately the problematic sections were lightened or darkened with a soft brush, dodging or burning where needed.
The mans shirt was almost completely remade due to texture loss when brightening. I painted in base white, added noise or grain to it and matched this to the underlying texture of the image with a little blur. The collar and folds on the shirt were shaded in with a soft brush. A similar process was used to recreate the curtain backdrop.
Skin textures are always the hardest to get right. On the right hand side the girls skin and hair took the most time. Robert knew how he wanted the hair to look so we worked through a few edits to get this right, trying shiny hair and partings in various places. The skin also took some time to keep it even without losing too much facial form. Robert had paid a premium price to get the result you see and his girl friend on Valentine’s day was over the moon!