Photoshop is a bit rough

I left Monday’s class feeling pretty good about the mysteries of Photoshop, but I realize now I was a little too optimistic. Does anyone else feel like it be nice if they could work a whole lot the night after a class so it all sinks in? This week I decided to tackle the engravings tutorial. I got my image from the Alumni Association’s 1945 published history, “A Century of Naval Academy Life.” The original image was this terrible mustard/brown color. The black color helped with the definition but seemed a bit harsh.


The second go-around I followed Paula’s steps under Elements and I think it looks more natural, keeping the paper texture and a nice blue.


I’m assuming we’ll go over it in class soon, but I’d like to know how to take the background away and have a floating image that can take on the webpage background.

After taking stock of images already scanned from last semester’s work on the project I realized a couple things. First, most of my images are from books or at least have the paper texture. After watching the paper texture section of’s tutorial I may need to scan 4 different directions of a number of images in order to create a softened texture. Second, everything is scanned as a JPG, which will be fine for the modern images, but for the older images, it would have been nice to get to the TIFF level and then save them for the web.

I made four scans of a couple paper textured images and went to work. I think I can see a difference, but for the extra time involved, I’m not so sure it’s worth it. I rotated, cropped, and combined multiple layers to reduce paper texture. Here is the before and after:



Perhaps I did it wrong because I do not see a discernible difference. I plan to play with it more this week. My biggest issue now is finding good photographs/images to use that both help my final project and fall under the image project guidelines. I’m hoping I can find some at work this week!

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2 thoughts on “Photoshop is a bit rough

  1. I totally feel that I need a lot of extra time to really let all of these lessons soak in!

    Good for you on starting with the images for the project. I agree with you that the paper image has little difference from the original. But it does look sharper and clearer. If anything, I think it looks improved!

    Maybe this week, we’ll find out more ways to change images for the better.

  2. I am frustrated as well. I am working in the 18th century, so I do not have any photographs. There are a few photos of paintings that I can use, but most of the techniques are not useful for this. I found out that black and white photos (as used in the videos) are much easier to restore. I have photo of a color painting with a lot of different colors and the Photoshop repair tools are not helpful (nor do I feel it appropriate to be altering a piece of artwork). I am also having a difficult time seeing a difference in most of my changes that would justify the time I am spent editing them.

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