Photo Restoration Assignment

This week I worked on restoring a nineteenth-century photo in Photoshop for the first time. It is of a man, perhaps of the middle class. He is photographed with a cat on his lap. He could be advertising himself to women, because there is no ring on his prominently exposed left hand. However, he could just love his feline companion enough to spend money on a picture together (and perhaps that is why he is not married…) This is the original:


In order to restore the image, I first cropped it to only include the frames. I then used the spot healing brush to cover up the numerous white dots. The Burn brush darkened the man’s eyes, as well as his hair. I also used this tool to darken the cat’s eyes, because they are washed out. Finally, I used the clone stamp tool to fix the grey blotches in the background, as well as the damage in the right border from emulsion. Here is the restored version:

Cat and Man Original

I encountered a problem with the tear at the bottom of the image. The clone stamp worked ok at first, as I tried to just darken the area. However, as you can see, it was not successful. Does anyone have any tips for restoring this part of the image?

I commented on Becca’s blog


5 thoughts on “Photo Restoration Assignment

  1. Wow–That looks great! As for the tear on the bottom of the photo did you try the healing brush tool? You might be able to take pixels from nearby and just patch them over the tear. Overall, though this looks fantastic!

  2. Nice work on the man and cat image! I am having a tough time with the tear at the bottom as well, and have been trying the healing brush tool like Amanda has suggested. I also used that tool to try to make the background look less shadowy, but it’s still a work in progress. Thanks for sharing your work!

  3. Sara- I especially like your work with the background. You made it look so smooth and natural. When I worked on my background, I left what look like smudges all over the place. I think I tried the clone stamp, but never got it to work right. Great job!

  4. I think you did a very nice job- I kinda gave up because I just didn’t have the patience to get it right. I can’t believe how nice you got the background to look.What is going on in front of his legs though- I know we talked about it a little in class and I don’t think we ever came to a consensus. I am sure you are done working on it at this point just wanted to say good job!

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