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Old 03-06-2003, 01:23 PM
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Question Coffee stains on Photo

I have a photo with coffee like stains on it. How can I get rid of it?
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Old 03-06-2003, 01:39 PM
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Toss it in the trash? Oh - maybe you mean the stains...ha!

There are those who would disagree, and it DOES depend on the photo and where the stains are, but the clone tool (or in Photoshop 7, the healing brush) has always been my first choice. Some say selecting the area and using hue/sat or finding which channel has the worst stain in it and substituting that channel with a copy of a clearer one works for them.

How about posting it here, and then we can better tell how to best approach it.

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Old 03-06-2003, 03:56 PM
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Randy,

If you're able to post the photo, we can give you more specific feedback. (Just remember to make the file size under the 100KB limit before attaching.)

Is the photo color or B&W?

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Old 03-06-2003, 04:34 PM
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"Coffee stains"?

Well here is the photo.
What do you think?
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Old 03-06-2003, 05:23 PM
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coffee stains on photo

Download this one instead.
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Old 03-06-2003, 05:30 PM
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Take a look at the red channel. The stain is barely visible there.
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Old 03-06-2003, 06:02 PM
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I apologize for not giving you a warm welcome in my first post. So, here it is now: Welcome to RetouchPRO!!

Exactly what Doug said. Look at the red channel. I would delete the green and blue channels and only work on the red channel. It is still slightly visible, but it should be easy to fix that using either the healing brush (PS7) or cloning.

I'm not sure how much you already know about photo restoration/retouching or what application you're using, so if what I've said above doesn't make sense to you, please just say so and I'll add more details for you.

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Old 03-06-2003, 06:25 PM
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Unhappy coffee stains on photo

Thanks. Red it is.
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Old 03-06-2003, 09:40 PM
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Hi Randy,

Russel Brown offers a very effective stain removal method that works at the channel level, and uses the stain to reverse its own effect. The only hard part is selecting the stain, but after that the magic is a sight to behold.

The instructions came as a movie file on one of the Photoshop4 CDs. If you don't have this, there is also a PDF version. Use Google to search for "rbstains.pdf", and you should be able to find it. If this fails, let me know and I'll look around for my PDF copy.
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Old 03-06-2003, 11:18 PM
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Thanks Andrew B.
I will get the rbstains.pdf.
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