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Old 03-06-2003, 11:29 PM
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I believe the link below will take you to Russel Brown's stain removal method:
Digital Stain Remover Tutorial File
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Old 03-07-2003, 03:37 PM
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Some times in our rush to impress ourselves and others with our skills at retouching, we miss a very simple solution. After getting a good copy image (either by scanning or by camera) life can be made simpler by the application of water. In other words, if the print will take it, you might try washing the print and see if the coffee or whatever will simply wash off.
Such a technique should just not be done everytime but used only on those prints that will stand the process and only after you have captured the image just in case!
If you can get rid of a great deal of the stain this way, then rescan and just work on the new, cleaner image.
Remember to be careful!
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Old 03-08-2003, 06:02 PM
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Mike, yes, rinsing a picture in water generally won't harm it, since it was developed in a water-based bath in the first place. Long before Photoshop and digital retouching I learned to correct bad overall color in prints (too red or blue or yellow etc.) by simply soaking them for a minute in food coloring solutions. It worked great!

Don't know if an old old coffee stain like this one would come off easily though...but you never know!

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Old 03-08-2003, 06:43 PM
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Talking coffee stains on photo

Thanks all. The red Channel is what did the work. Lots of Clone and Healing. Thanks all for the info.

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