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Old 02-17-2005, 07:00 PM
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Cloudy Old Photo

Hi Everyone,

I am new to this forum and I look forward to talking and learning from you, and hopefully can contribute and help others as well.

I have an old photo that I am restoring, and after doing some corrections it seems to have cloudy areas. Does anyone know what the best way to remove this would be?

I have attached part of the actual photo (low res) and as you see the bottom portion is clear but the top is cloudy. I have this problem in various areas on the photo.

Any help would be greatly apprenticed.

Thanks!
Jon Krider
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Old 02-17-2005, 07:13 PM
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Talking Hi Jon

Welcome to the forum, your have to excuse me but i don't really know how to add to this, but i know Gary is very good at this, and many others too...

So give it awhile someone will come and help...
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Old 02-17-2005, 07:59 PM
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sorry for spamming here, i don't know anything about retouching.... i guess i just have too much time on my hands
btw, that pic looks kinda cool w/ that channel mixer "on"
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Old 02-17-2005, 11:30 PM
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I know you said something about as subtle as a brick up along side my head but I missed it. Please explain.
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Old 02-18-2005, 02:11 AM
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Hi Jonk, had a quick play with your image. The way I used to minimise your clouds is as follows.

Duplicate Background layer.
Apply levels to this layer to darken clouds close to that of bottom of image. This will of course also darken lower half of image, so apply block all layer mask and then use a soft white brush to paint in "darkness" over cloudy areas.

Create new layer set blend mode to Soft Light and fill with 50% grey, now using a soft black brush set to 5-10% paint over lighter areas to even out tone.

Then I applied a levels adjustment layer and darkened the whole image. If this is too dark for you, leave out this stage.

The image posted still needs work, but I'm a bit short on time at the moment.
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Old 02-18-2005, 07:02 AM
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Smile Hello Everyone!

Thank you Gary! I will try this it looks like it will do the trick. I am not an expert with Photoshop and have a ton to learn. I do have one question; How do I "apply block all layer mask"?

Boy do I have a lot to learn! What's funny is that I have been using Photoshop since version 6.0, and still run into something everyday that stumps me.

Thanks again everyone and I am looking forward to contributing and learn from this forum.

Jon
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Old 02-18-2005, 10:54 AM
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... I do have one question; How do I "apply block all layer mask"?

... Jon
When you click to apply a layer mask, if you hold down the ALT key (PC; MAC is Option key, I believe), the mask will be all black and let you paint with white where you want to make the change. From the menu, you can create it from Layer --> Add Layer Mask --> Hide All.

Here is Doug's tutorial on Layer Masking -- give it a read!
http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=27

Another tutorial, with video
http://www.tutorialized.com/tutorial...Explained/5320


Jon, this forum is full of information, tips, tutorials, and links to OTHER tutorials to help folks learn. I know that I've learned a lot since I first joined, and I'd been using PShop for years before that -- just not as effectively. And there's lots more for me to learn here also.

So jump in and look around -- look at the tutorials, run searches for information that you're wondering about, and if you can't find an answer -- just ask!

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Old 02-18-2005, 12:42 PM
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Thanks CJ, that says it all.
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Old 02-18-2005, 12:57 PM
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Thanks! CJ - Although I have been using PS for a long time, I have only used it very limited. Went through tutorials and did some additional reading on layer masks. I'm still doing something wrong - I created the back layer mask and then trying to follow Gary's instructions: paint over the cloudy area with a white brush. As I am doing this I cannot see my painting strokes. Should I be doing this on the black mask layer? I know this may sound like a dumb question, I will figure this out. I guess I need to keep reading and practicing.

Thanks Again!
Jon
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Old 02-18-2005, 01:30 PM
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Yes, click on the black layer mask to select it, then paint on your image in the areas that you want the adjustment to apply.
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