Ghost cracks are the remains of cracks or tears that are still visible after they have been removed and repaired.
Many of us try our hand at photo restoration, we all give it our best shot. Sometimes there are occasions where an image looks restored but you can still see where the old cracks were. This is a very quick video to show you how to avoid them.
It is not long before you come across examples of these “Ghost cracks” on the web. We see examples of restorations from all corners of the globe showing signs of where the cracks were. They are not difficult to fix but are immediately obvious in a less skilled restoration. If you watch this short video you will be in a better position to recognize them and put them right.
What is a Ghost crack? When an old photo has been restored and the cracks removed a Ghost crack is where you can still see the cracks where they originally were as ghostly shadows or highlights. Remnants of the restoration if you like.
The key to removal:
The Patch Tool – The fastest way to repair cracks. Ensure that the selection area around the crack being patched takes in any lighter variations in tone.
The Clone Tool – Slower than the patch tool. Use for when the Patch Tool is not possible in confined areas and high detail zones.
This was a very short video so if you feel you need a further explanation please just leave a comment.
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