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You'll wonder where the yellow went…

Photo retouching in Adobe Photoshop

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Many old black and white photos suffer from yellow stains and discoloration. 

When we are doing a quick (that is, cheap) minimal restoration, we want to get rid of this as quickly as possible. 

Click on the small photographs to see a bigger version. 


First we scan the picture in color.

Second we adjust the levels. Notice that when we lighten everything else, the discoloration becomes very obvious. 


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Now I go to Image > Adjust > Hue/Saturation. The shortcut is Control-U.

Next we edit the yellows. We bring the saturation all the way to zero and the lightness all the way to 100.


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There's still some work to do, particularly on the forehead. But we've gotten rid of the yellow discoloration without touching an eraser, brush or cloning tool!

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