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Old 08-23-2008, 02:23 PM
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Repair heavy tape marks

Please help me repair the tape marks around the edges of the attached photo. I've tried blending them out with Hue/Sat and Black/White but, as you see, the tape is too translucent.

I've seen this done before but the tape was always pretty transparent. Is cloning the only way out or have I missed something?


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Old 08-23-2008, 03:16 PM
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Re: [B]Repair heavy tape marks[/B]

Hi Curtis,
You could crop the tape out then start your retouch. This is just a thought.

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Old 08-23-2008, 03:28 PM
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Re: Repair heavy tape marks

des151,

I agree that cropping will solve the problem with this photo. What if this damage were in an area that couldn't be cropped? Do you know of a way that most of the tape marks could be repaired?


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Old 08-23-2008, 03:57 PM
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Re: [B]Repair heavy tape marks[/B]

Well you removed the tape color and the pants are almost matched in brightness. I think you are left to clone all the fine folds of the tape. You could burn some areas to match the brightness levels.

Sometimes a photo that is damaged in a certain way, for example: Blue ink pen scrawled on it - the blue ink will disappear if you look at the blue channel. But, you still have to clone some.
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Old 08-23-2008, 04:59 PM
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Re: [B]Repair heavy tape marks[/B]

Also,You can borrow different parts of the picture to help with the retouch- bush, pavement, pants, parts of the building, wheel.

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Old 08-23-2008, 06:06 PM
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Re: [B]Repair heavy tape marks[/B]

What smak said.

In this case you're pretty much able to even out the tone using a BW adjustment layer and darkening the yellow. You could also mask for the tape by using calculations to effectively subtract the blue channel, which doesn't show much damage, from the red channel, which shows it most (first attachment). I did both - first used a BW layer to even most of the tone, then used the mask to jump the tape marks to their own layer, where I dodged and burned to finish the job. Doing that on a separate layer kept me from darkening or lightening the parts of the image I was trying to match.

When that was done it was just a matter of a little cloning and healing to blend in the edges. And a curves adjustment layer to improve contrast.
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Old 08-23-2008, 07:57 PM
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Re: Repair heavy tape marks

Lurch,

Thanks for the explicit directions re: the tape marks. I've ventured into the uncharted waters (for me) of Calculations and, with more practice, I think that it will become a valuable tool for me. Thanks for guiding me there.


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Old 08-23-2008, 09:00 PM
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Re: [B]Repair heavy tape marks[/B]

Curtis - You're very welcome. Happy to be able to help.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:02 AM
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Re: Repair heavy tape marks

I used Hue/Sat to remove tape color and match brightness. Clone tool to remove creases and fix background areas.
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:15 AM
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Re: Repair heavy tape marks

Removing the colour cast is not difficult, as the others have explained. Unfortunately, the tape was both crinkled and translucent, so much of the detail under it was lost or distorted and can only be repaired by with the heal, clone and brush tools. No silver bullet. Adjusted contrast and overall tone.
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