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July 15th, 2006, 05:48 PM
*PurpleMidnight*'s Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Here is the photo I was presented with.

I started with the Healing Brush Tool. This is quite the amazing tool as are most of the Photoshop tools. Once you have the tool selected, Alt+click in the area that you want to mimic, and then gently apply the brush tool over the area to be "healed". Sometimes even making the brush size quite large, and clicking once as opposed to stroking can be more effective. Here is the area that I will sample.

And here is what it looks like after I have "painted" over it with my Healing Brush sample. Not too shabby!

It is really that simple in most cases. Just go around the picture and sample an area next to the area to be "healed" and paint with it.

Occasionally the Healing Brush just won't do what you want it to do. If that happens, try the Patch Tool. Select the area you want to "fix" and then drag the selection to an area in the picture that you want it to look like. You can actually drag it around and it will change as the background you move around changes. Pretty cool as well!

Use the Blur Tool to soften up areas of question. This is a very under rated tool. When something is not quite blending right, try the Blur Tool. You would be amazed at the crud it can clean up.

And last but not least, if all else fails, try using the Clone Stamp Tool. It works very similarly to the Healing Brush tool.

When all is said and done, I am very happy with the final result. Here is the before and after. Quite frankly, I am excited to print this and put it in a nice frame for my grandparents.

the website I got it from: http://www.showandtell-graphics.com/old_photo_fix.html

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February 22nd, 2007, 03:15 PM
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Great job!
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