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Removing water spots

Sep 26, 2014, 16:31
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Removing water spots
    I was wondering if there is a way remove water spots from an old photo? I just downloaded Gimp a few days ago and there are several tools that I still have no idea how to use. I have working on my family genealogy and I have quite a few old pictures that I would love to work on. The one in question is actually a picture of me when I was a child. It means a lot to me to even have it, because my parents house burned when I was small, so pictures from then are very limited. I am trying to attach the photo, but I am not sure I know how to do it. Forgive me if it doesn't work . Any help would be appreciated. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed on here Undecided
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Sep 26, 2014, 19:31
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RE: Removing water spots
(Sep 26, 2014 17:55)ofnuts Wrote:  Quick five-minutes job around the eye before beer(*) and dinner:
(*) An English one, Rich...

Now you know I meet my old (ancient) buddies for a few beers on a Friday afternoon Smile

My stab at it, nothing special to impart, mostly clone tool but a bit copy and paste and the resynt heal selection plugin.

I have to say nice old photograph.


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Sep 27, 2014, 02:00 (This post was last modified: Sep 27, 2014 02:09 by iForStyle007.)
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RE: Removing water spots

Hi, welcome to the forums if you haven't been welcomed yet Smile

*duplicate the image layer first

You can preserve the right I I bit more with the heal tool (Heal),
select the heal tool, set the brush size to 40.00(for your picture)
pick a clean source (ctrL + left click) under the eye then heal around the eye leaving the shape entact.

-Pretty much heal tool the dark lines surrounding the water spots (*IMPORTANT: pick a new clean source with best matching surrounding next to the water spot for each spot you fix to get results similar to the my below side-by-side)

As you drag/draw with heal tool, you'll notice a 2nd crosshair move, this is the source you picked. Heal tool will attempt to blend the cloned areas with less harsh edges.

*I used the heal tool to obliterate all the waterspots, taking careful attention to retain the natural shape of the eye.

*Lastly, please note that the heal tool will have a little trouble with harsh lines (see collar of shirt) so for that part(left intentionally in my result)

I would use the clone tool stamp tool Clone or resynthesizer plugin set to "sides"
- If you use the clone tool, follow up with Smudge smudge tool to blend any harsh edges.

I'll post my result before & after side by side in a minute here:
click picture for details (*screenshot is zoomed out 33% of original size)

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