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VintageKell 05-21-2011 03:32 PM

Picture Repairs or Cleaning: Paintshop Pro or other editors.
Picture repair or cleaning using Photo Shop or Paint Shop Pro or another program .... in this case a very old version of Paintshop pro v0.6 (now v0.9) can make a big difference to what is posted up.


Before and After:

The picture was obviously scanned with mildew spots and dirty ..... So using minimalist cleaning techniques ("Least is Best") I cleaned the face, skin and hair line by cloning from good sections. I removed a few white spots as well, but didn't paint or redraw anything.

Photo Repairs: Folds and Tears etc

Before and After:

The original has - rips, fold marks and missing sections ... the repaired version has most of these removed .... oh and to show what can be done I took out a fence post from the foreground :)

The tricks are;
  • Practice, learn how to use the editing tool properly for what you want e.g. I use the clone, auto fill, colour selection (from picture), repair and draw tools, and
  • Patience ... I expand the picture up to a larger size and make lots of tiny changes, so that they can be easily undone, and not large section changes (where an undo, removes good and bad sections).
Both these pictures are from posts in my main thread ... no doubt photoshop experts will add technical explanations and descriptions, but the old family photos can be improved. I can't give technical help, I fly by the seat of my pants myself :rolleyes:

VintageKell 05-28-2011 03:46 PM

Basic Clone Tool Usage
I don't know what I was expecting, but I hoped all the Photo Shop and Paint Shop Pro experts, and others of that ilk would flock to the thread, and reveal the wonders of colouring B&W photo's etc ...... but I guess that if you want something doing, do it yourself .... mutter, mumble moan. :rolleyes:

Hopefully this will encourage the experts to give hints so these posts are only the basics for each tool, and use various versions of the only tool I have access to, Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop videos. Other tools and versions will vary in how to use the functionality, but the basics are the same.

Cloning: Best described as copying one part of a picture or another picture and pasting it over another part in the same or another picture. This is not strictly cutting and pasting, which is a collage effect, this is more a blending process.

Golden Rule Number One: For ALL these tasks use a COPY VERSION of the picture not the original. Use one or two copies as suits task, but leave original safe as you may need to make more copies. Remember, you can clone from numerous sources into one picture.
  1. Open up your editing tool e.g. Photoshop or Paint Shop pro
  2. Either paste in a copy of the picture that you want to edit, or open the picture with the editor and save with a new name (which makes it a copy), and in either case only use the copy/new version (so close any original).
  3. Expand the picture up a size or two e.g. 3:1 ratio In mine its the wheel on the mouse, while the picture is selected (aka the picture having 'focus')
  4. Now select the clone tool on the tool-set on the left side and R/Click to see what is available.
  5. Make sure that you have the following tools selected
    • Colour palette
    • Tool options
    • Tool bar
    • Tool palette
  6. Now you find a part of the picture that has a blemish, and using the tool to select a suitable replacement area (See the target cross-hairs?) Right Click on that area. This selects a small copy of that area to the clipboard for pasting (the size of this cut and paste is determined by the Tool Options function, and you vary it to suit the task being performed)
  7. Now move mouse over the area to be replaced, and left click. if not happy use the edit undo to remove the clone step or steps - Control +Z keys on many programs
  8. As well as single-shot selections, you can use this tool like a paint brush by keeping the left hand mouse key pressed down continuously pressed down and do whole areas BUT remember to watch where the cross-hairs are, because that's what your copying and pasting, and this moves in relation to where it was when your pressed the left hand mouse key down (unless you have set the aligned as unaligned in options, in which case the source are starts in the same area each time).
  9. Alignments. You can either have the cloning tool move identically with that of the area where you are copying to (don't worry its easy to see when you try it), which means that when you resume, the copy area starts where it left off -this is aligned. Or you can have the tool restart the copy area from the original start point every time you resume. You might want to do this if only one good area is available to clone from - this is non aligned.
  • One good method is to clone the area around a blemish since it will be similar in color, density etc.
  • Do small sections rather than big bits as the undo removes all of last action.
  • You can undo everything unless you have saved, so only save when sections you are happy with have been done.
  • You can use keyboard shortcuts if no mouse, to do this, these are usually the alt key on PC (or the option key if you're on a mac).
  • Remember to review the tool size e.g. smaller or larger as suits the task.
  • Be inventive, use the image rotate or image mirror functions to move useful parts of an additional copy of a picture to a position where a good bit mimics the position of the area that you want to repair ... it makes the cloning better and easier.

VintageKell 08-13-2011 08:35 PM

Before and After illustration
Using a newspaper picture of Linda Lusardi .... a very poor picture scan from her thread. First I re-sized it (made it a bit smaller), and gave it more 'colour' depth, but it was still very creased from the original very poor scan and not good quality .... similarly the 2nd pic was damaged, with missing parts

Before examples .... and this one ....

So I then worked on each for about 30 mins, using the cloning function and got these ...

After examples .... and this one ....

Its not a perfect technique by any means (although on light repairs its 100%), but these are examples of what can be done to rescue even the worst of images e.g. if you have a family event from an old Newspaper.

deepsepia 08-15-2011 02:32 PM


Originally Posted by VintageKell (Post 1710589)

Its not a perfect technique by any means, but these are examples of what can be done to rescue even the worst of images e.g. if you have a family event from an old Newspaper.

That is very good work from about as poor a source image as there can be.

Although I don't think most folks need Photoshop, most of the time, image repair is one case where Photoshop's tools are better than other stuff. "Content aware fill" and "content aware healing" are really quite good at handling some of the tougher cases

One more technique that I've seen used -- using vectors to define shapes lost in the original. That is, you can use the pen tool to make a sharp edge where you've got muddy newsprint and moire.

This takes you beyond "restoring" a photo to essentially creating a new, better image based on the photo. I've experimented myself, but I'm not all that proficient with vector/vexel art techniques.

VintageKell 12-18-2011 09:54 PM

GIMP - Freeware Picture Tool
As someone pointed out, some people don't want to pay for Photoshop or PaintShopPro so I found a freeware version of a phototool that does all the same tricks.

GIMP is an open source picture draw and manage tool

Take a look at the on-line manuals in various languages here and in English here

You can download it from here

VintageKell 01-29-2012 05:53 PM

Faking Pictures
The most popular thread in the classic celebrities section of this site is the 'Classic Celebrity Fakes ~ Now with added rules' - this is not my thing, but there you are. A bit of imagination and a lot of squinting your eyes can take you along way!

However I suddenly realised that there must be a lot of interest in creating these so I have had a go, using Mamie Van Doren as the model. I have added the results here so that those who would like to do this can consider the techniques.

Before: ................ After:

The tricks to success are similar to that for repairs, but I would suggest that you use two base pictures similar to the intended end result, this not only saves messing about but does a lot of the work for you .... just pasting the head on another body rarely results in a realistic fake :rolleyes:

For this one I used multiple versions of the same image mirrored and twisted, so that everything in it is 'real' i.e. All bits are of Ms van Doren and in that respect its not 'fake' but of course she has never done any open leg shots .... that we know of. I posted the pic on the fake thread as well because it was a shame to waste it. :thumbsup:

VintageKell 07-21-2012 08:41 PM

Faking Pictures Part 2
This is only technically a fake .... I removed the leather panties and replaced them with her pussy and ass from her nude modelling days as Cassandra Peterson. So its more a mock up than a fake.

This was created using the clone and picture repair tool (soften function) tool to blend in genuine body parts .... I only used nudes as this is an erotic site but it works for hands. feet etc ...

deepsepia 07-22-2012 12:40 AM


Originally Posted by VintageKell (Post 2151960)
This was created using the clone and picture repair tool (soften function) tool to blend in genuine body parts .... I only used nudes as this is an erotic site but it works for hands. feet etc ...

Funny. "The cuffs don't match the collar" as they say . . . the irony is that the crotch and the top are her, but due to her dye job[s], they don't match.

Fantastic job matching pose from image to image

VintageKell 07-22-2012 12:52 AM


Originally Posted by deepsepia (Post 2152182)
Funny. "The cuffs don't match the collar" as they say . . . the irony is that the crotch and the top are her, but due to her dye job[s], they don't match.

Fantastic job matching pose from image to image

I have been out with plenty of girls who are like this .... they dye the public but not the pubic :o

VintageKell 08-12-2012 10:36 AM

Final Presentation Makes A Difference
Don't always aim for perfection .... good results can be achieved from very bad initial sources, as I have shown ..... the following is a good example:


Top Tip Both the pictures above are reduced from the very large version on the web .... when working with a very large picture, consider resizing to a smaller version when you have finished the repair ... the very large pictures highlight those blemishes that only hours of work might remove, and lets be honest most pictures (like the one above), aren't worth that effort (which isn't guaranteed to work).

.... but after I had cleaned and repaired, and then reduced in size again, then the end results are very good, and without having to waste hours on all the scuffs that it would take ages to fix up.

of course, where you can use floodfill (you can't always do so - but thats another post), then you can get rid of background scuffs, and this is the final version

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