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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Lovin' Those Old Family Photos Again - Part 2

If you'd like to read Part 1 of this series of restoring old family photos, click here

I'm still diggin' through the old family photos and scanning them into my computer, and I've spent a good part of today, between loads of laundry, restoring the photos.  What Fun!  So lets restore some old photos together. 

MomHighSchoolPic_Original.jpg by you.

Isn't she beautiful?  This is my mother's high school portrait.  I just love this picture.  Mom looks so happy here.  As you can see, there are rips and bends and marks on the original photograph.

MomHighSchoolPic_Step1_CloneStamp.jpg by you.

Of course, with Photoshop's clone stamp, that can all be gone in minutes and the digital image of the original portrait looks as good as new.  Now, I can leave it like this, which actually looks really good, or I can play a little.  I like to play with Photoshop.  It is so time consuming being right-brained.  Creative energy takes up way too much time.

MomHighSchoolPic_Step2_Troy.jpg by you.

Let's talk Actions here.  I'm in love with Totally Rad Actions and enjoy seeing what they do - alone and together with other Actions.  In this image I used the Troy Action.  Love it, just love it.

MomHighSchoolPic_Step3_or_SmoothoMatic.jpg by you.

In this image I started with the photo that I had corrected with the clone stamp and I used Totally Rad Action's Smooth-o-Matic Action which is really great for eliminating the noise in an image. 

MomHighSchoolPic_Step4_or_SmoothoMatic_w_Crush.jpg by you.

And with this image, I used the Crush Action after the Smooth-o-Matic Action.

MomHighSchoolPic_Original.jpg by you.MomHighSchoolPic_Step2_Troy.jpg by you.

Here is the original image side-by-side with the Troy Action image.

MomHighSchoolPic_Original.jpg by you.MomHighSchoolPic_Step4_or_SmoothoMatic_w_Crush.jpg by you.

And here is the original image side-by side with the Smooth-o-Matic & Crush Actions image.  See the difference?  Her blush is rosier in the second image too. 

DadinFlorida_Original.jpg by you.

How about one more.  Some picture, don't you think?  This is my father in the days when he thought he was a somthin' somethin'.  This original picture had a discoloration on the right and it is totally messed up on top from being taped and then pulled out of a photo album.

DadinFlorida_Step1_AwesomeBandW.jpg by you.

The first step I did was to use Totally Rad Action's Awesome B&W to help this image look more consistent.

DadinFlorida_Step2_CloneStampCorrection.jpg by you.

Then I used the clone stamp to fix the right side and the top of the image.  Pretty cool.  I should be in Photoshop sales.  Adobe should give me a job selling and marketing Photoshop.  And, I'm in love with Totally Rad Actions.  They are the best.  The very best. 

DadinFlorida_Original.jpg by you.DadinFlorida_Step2_CloneStampCorrection.jpg by you.

And here is the original image side-by-side with the final restored image.  I'm having so much fun.  After you complete your restoration edits, you can print them off on your photo printer, or you can take them to a place like Ritz or Wolf Camera and print them off on professional photo paper.  Your old family photos are like new again.  Yay!

Have fun with your photos! 



Saturday, October 11, 2008

Great Nasa Pics

Original Story Posted on: June 20, 2008

My husband's cousin David sent these pics to us courtesy of Texas Jim.  Thanks Texas Jim.  He's got connections at NASA and wanted to share these pictures from the recent NASA mission.  Great pics!  My son, Matthew's eyes were buggin' out so I better print them off for him.  He's my Space and Science child.  He loves everything Space, and everything (almost everything) Science. 

He did say this to me while looking at the pictures "Mom, I'd be really scared that my cable would break and I would die of starvation or lack of oxygen or be sucked into a black hole.  That would really stink."  Yeap, I'd have to agree.  That would really stink.  These guys are so brave, don't you think?  If you click on the image, I think it will pop up into the original size.  Pretty cool - and pretty amazing.




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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Lovin' Those Old Family Photos Again - Part 1

DadMomandBabyMike_Step4_HueandSaturation.jpg by you.

Yesterday, I was thumbing through our old family photos.  I mean really old.  Remembering my father who passed away in 1980 at the young age of 55, and reflecting on my family history.  I wanted to preserve these memories and maybe see if I could restore some of these photos to their original glory.  I ran upstairs with my laptop and a box full of old family photos and spent a few hours scanning them into my computer.  That's the first thing you have to do before you restore anything, is scan the old pictures into your computer.  Just place them face down on your printer/scanner and start scanning away.  Next, open those wonderful pictures up in Photoshop.  I use Photoshop CS3 and honestly, I don't know if this tutorial will work in Photoshop Elements because I am not familiar with it, but you can always try.  Let's take a look at an old photo I found of my mother, father, and older brother, Mike,  and see what I was able to do.

 DadMomandBabyMike_Original.jpg by you.

This picture was taken in 1947.   My mother is now 84, and my brother Mike is now 60.  Woooh.  Hard to believe.  This photo was colorized when it was created.  When I looked at it, I noticed there were stains on Mom's blouse, and a blotch on Mike's forehead and Mom's arm.  Other than that, it appeared to be okay.   A little bright and overdone, but otherwise in pretty good condition.

 DadMomandBabyMike_Step1_CloneStampCorrection.jpg by you.

So, the first thing I did was use the clone stamp tool to remove the blotches and spots.  I even made some minor corrections to Dad's face and his suit that also had some ugly spots.  Looking better already.  I just love that clone stamp tool.


DadMomandBabyMike_Step3_SlightLighten.jpg by you.

Now that the picture is looking really pretty and renewed, I had to decide what I wanted to achieve.  I knew I wanted to wash it out a little bit, sorta like putting it through a washing machine, but still maintain the color effect.  I wanted to lighten it up a bit, too.  Make it perky.  Make my mother's eyes sparkle again.  So that is exactly what I did.  I lightened it up a bit.

 DadMomandBabyMike_Original.jpg by you.DadMomandBabyMike_Step3_SlightLighten.jpg by you.

There you go.  Can you tell the difference?  Ever so slightly lightened and brighter.
Perkier!  I'm so happy.


DadMomandBabyMike_Step4_HueandSaturation.jpg by you.

Now in this step I opened up Image, then Adjustments, then Hue and Saturation, and I played with it a bit until I was tickled pink.  Can you feel the joy?  I just love doing this.  I think I've found a new purpose in life - restoring old photos to their original glory.  It doesn't pay, though.  Darn.  Oh well, the best things in life are free. I like this photo just the way it is now.  However, because I am scatter-brained at times and like to push buttons, I decided to try some other new trick.

 DadMomandBabyMike_Step2_SuperFunHappy.jpg by you.

Doesn't this make you Super Fun Happy?  I thought so.  Me too.  Thanks to Totally Rad's Actions and his Super Fun Happy Action, I was able to put the stars in Mom's eyes, tone down that blush a bit, oh, and the yellow blouse too, and soften the edges.  Of course, Mike's expression never changed.  To tell you the truth, he still looks like this.

 MikeAge59inFL.jpg by you.

I can see the resemblance...


DadMomandBabyMike_Step4_HueandSaturation.jpg by you.MikeAge59inFL.jpg by you.

Can't you?  Take a look at the original photo and the finished picture I like best:

 DadMomandBabyMike_Original.jpg by you.DadMomandBabyMike_Step4_HueandSaturation.jpg by you.

Doesn't that make you just want to jump out of your chair and pull out all your old family photos and start restoring them?  Your Friend Forever in Photoshop,



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