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:
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?
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