Fixing Water Damage on a Photo in Photoshop


Photoshop Restoration Rescue


Lesson Info

Fixing Water Damage on a Photo in Photoshop

What about water damage water damage is is pretty much the same thing as what I've done here I have an example that we can try to look at it's going to be water damage its not really any different from a tear or anything like that I have a pretty difficult example and I think we were rebuilding rebuilding on water damage is my next one so uh let's go to that one all right so I'm going to tell you this is a tough one all right? I'm not going to work it all the way through because well how much time do we have left so we've got twenty five three yeah I'm not gonna work it all the way through because it will take every bit of a half hour to work all the way through but I'll show you some things that I try when I'm doing it so here's here's a few different photos that were water damaged so let's say you know I could could I make life easy and just grab that photo and say be done it doesn't have any one hundred to him and johnny I could but let's say you know where they want mohr of ah head...

on cute type of the shot you know and let's say maybe we just didn't have that photo but what we do have is we've got this one uh we got these two we got that one so let's, go ahead. We'll open him up there's one so at some point I need to just decide which version am I going to go with? Let's go ahead. Let's make life a little bit difficult and while this one has less water damage this one has more but we can do some some neat things to try to make it work. So in this example, um grab this part of the photo copy paste and free transform all that let's move it into place first. There we go. All right. And then we'd add a layer mask. Of course you can use your brush tool can paint all that stuff away. There we go. Monster arm on girl. All right. Sorry. So we obviously have to do some free transform here, so edit free transform and I'm going to reduce the capacity, bring it back up, folks. Still looks like it's big poor girl that's my friend jessica, by the way, when she was young. All right, so man still expect to me, but I don't know for some reason this looks there we go. Okay, so let's go with that. We'll kind of move it into moving into place there and use our mask switch to paint that back, so now I can get rid of some of that water damage down here and all I'm doing and I don't really know what's under there, I'm just going to paint until I see stuff like this, I might paint it back in I'm just gonna paint away until so you kind of get the idea I come, I looks like I can keep going down, so now I'm starting to hit water damage on top of water damage from there, I probably add a layer and grab maybe the we'll go with the spot healing brush, give it a try, just paint over that that's marries over here, and so from there, I mean, just keep painting a lot of his trial and error just to see how far you can go, but for things like that, you know, it's just patching together, you know, hopefully hopefully if you've got water damage like that, you've got other photos that you can pull from this goes back to what I said in the beginning of class two if you have this and you don't have another photo to pull from it's going to be pretty difficult to fix it, you know, other than you may be just making a selection and just refilling the background, which would be really, really difficult because you don't have all the edges that you need for some of that stuff is going to be difficult to fix so you'd want to try to pull from his many other source photos as you can hopefully at least gives you a little bit of, you know, kind of beg borrow and steal from different photos toe get it in there and I think yeah, I mean we got a little bit on their same thing you could try to copy part of it from something you have a question when you were adding the arm and you're trying to line it up, is there a way when you're transforming? It would have been easier to move the point of the arm that matches up with the color to snap it to that space to make it line up easier so want to move in the arm we'll see a little star right by her billiard yeah, if you push that right by the arm with that, snap it to that tow, line it up a little bit easier at the top. Yeah, I mean that if I moved that little center point it will kind of change the pivot point and that'll that'll help that. But my my biggest problem with the arm was there were two different sized photos I think when I scan them there were actually two different sized photos which the biggest department may what you guys saw was trying to get the big arm toe not look like a big arm on the photo so but if you move that little that little middle point that will change your pivot point you could work with the angle that way okay, so uh gotten close those let's talk rebuilding here's one so I got a big chunk of the photo that's gone so what do we do? Well, luckily we got another leg so copy paste perfect then we go at it transform flip horizontal all right about there. Ok, so what what we gotta fix we can't there's three people in the photo so let's add our layer mask to it and start painting some of that stuff away private e I mean you're going to kind of have to get pre selective on this one here he's a smaller brush get rid of some of those scenes by the way I'm using my right and left bracket key to make my brush larger or smaller fusing the tablet also um there's a little scroll wheel and I can tell it to cycle my breast size it's got a little circle circular wheel and I can cycle it that way in there on the edges it's looking pretty good let's see? Well, we've got another shadow over here so I know I'm a racing this away back to the grounds or the hole that was taken out of the photo but we're gonna work with that in a second, ok um they only see there's a little scene there just paint right down the scene. The other thing that I do is I mean this is being really picky but you know the folds on his knee or going to be the same you grab your clone stamp tool and just sample god grab your colon stand tool sample and then just don't do that let's try hold on that would help I'm working on the layer with the layer mask so just sample and just kind of randomly paint on it and you could just change the fold a little bit all right so what do we got left to fix? We've got this whole back here in the background once again because it has proved me wrong just about every time this is interesting. So for happened anybody so I've chosen my lasso tool but I guess my hand tool no it's pretty much any tool that's interesting let's try a reset tool there we go. Hey, that worked. Thank you. Okay, so we got our last o'toole let's go ahead and try our content aware uh it phil content aware up because I'm not there and it phil okay, you guys see the problem I have I did layer upon layer so when I go back to that background layer and I try to continent or fillets filling it but I have something covering it so when this happens you could do one of two things you could go to the layer menu and you could just merge down, flatten your document and then start to build up again what I find if you want to keep some of those layers in case you want to get back to it what you can do is press command option shift control all ship basically hold down the whole left side of the keyboard um command option shift have your friend come in and then they compress e so command option shift their control all shift e I know it's a lot but it's a good keyboard shortcut what it does is it stamps everything on toe one brand new layer so that retains all my stuff below now I got one brand new layer and let's re select going to content aware and give it a world not great but honestly the tone is there I'll take it because now I think I can start to I think I could start to work with the patch tool give it a try so not too bad we'll do one more sweep with the patch tool so we're getting there we could probably spend a little bit of time on that but again, you know we're talking about something that I don't think they care about the ground texture that much um what the heck that I do here? Oh, I screwed that up tonight see what I did there? Uh, I didn't clone. I didn't mask that because I was zoomed in down here, and I was so worried about down here, I didn't take the mask and mask that away, so there's, part of his arm, that we lost there's, another part of his leg, which I don't think we need let's, take that away. So there's, part of the arm that we lost, easy fix. You know, we could just take a layer, probably take my clothes, stand tool and just build that back up, and then if you really don't want to mess with it, you can just crop it out. All right, so that gives you an idea. Some of the things copy, flip textures, all that stuff, a little bit of everything in that one.

Class Description

Restoring old photos of family and friends is some of the most powerful work that is done in Photoshop. In Photoshop Restoration Rescue, you’ll learn how to bring new life to heirloom images.

Matt Kloskowski will show you restoration examples that demonstrate how you can tackle some of your own projects. You’ll hear about the process Matt uses to transform old prints into digital files and how to bring back some of the life and luster that was lost over time.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2


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