Best way to remove artifacts from old photo

Community Beginner ,
Aug 03, 2022 Aug 03, 2022

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I found an old photo, but it's in a quite bad state... I would like to hear your thoughts on what is the best approach of removing the unwanted artifacts. The only way I know is healing, but this seems to be a big area to apply healing.

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 03, 2022 Aug 03, 2022

Whenever I'm needing to clean up black and white images I like to review the channels. The Red channel in your image looks remarkably clean. You could easily copy the pixels from the Red channel and paste them as a regular layer. You may still want to do a little retouching.

 

To make this look like your original you could add a little contrast and a subtle sepia colour.

 

I've offered here a general strategy. If you have any questions about how to achieve specific steps please don't hesitate to

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Aug 03, 2022 Aug 03, 2022

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Whenever I'm needing to clean up black and white images I like to review the channels. The Red channel in your image looks remarkably clean. You could easily copy the pixels from the Red channel and paste them as a regular layer. You may still want to do a little retouching.

 

To make this look like your original you could add a little contrast and a subtle sepia colour.

 

I've offered here a general strategy. If you have any questions about how to achieve specific steps please don't hesitate to ask.

 

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Yes, "red channel" immediately popped up in my head when I saw this 🙂

 

Note that if you copy the red cannel to paste back into an original RGB file, you should change your working gray to "Gray Gamma 2.2" first. The reason is that a single channel is treated as a grayscale file in your working gray. The default "Dot gain"-profile will give a very incorrect tone curve and washed out image. Gamma 2.2 should match much better for an sRGB or Adobe RGB file - but use gamma 1.8 if the file is ProPhoto.

 

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@D Fosse Great call on factoring in the gamma.

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I'm not familiar with this process. Do I have to change this to Edit -> Color Settings... -> Working Spaces -> Gray, prior to creating the new layer? Is there a way to apply afterwards?

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Wow that's awesome! Didn't think about that...

Ok, first I increased the luminance of orange in Lightroom, which made the weird "vein" stains to disappear and then imported to photoshop and used the red channel. Here is the result:

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I'll try now to use heal brush to get rid of the remaining steins in the rest of the photo....

 

Thank you!

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@mspyratos Nice combination of both Lightroom and Photoshop. Best of luck with the project.

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You did great! There is maybe another option after the channel thing using content aware fill to clean the forehead.

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I will definitely do! Thank you!

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