Interesting in learning how to restore an old image? Check out these steps to see how this scanned image was restored using the Topaz Labs plugins.
Topaz B&W Effects is often referred to as “black, white and beyond” as it offers many filters that go beyond black and white conversion (Cyanotype, Opalotype and Albumen to name a few of the collections that contain presets outside of the typical grayscale black and white realm).
Photographer and Topaz user Robyn Aber has portrayed this with a single shot of an escalator captured in the Seattle Central Library. “The Central library has ‘poison’ yellow neon glowing escalators – as you can see in the before shot. They looked very Pop Art-ish to me,” describes Aber. Several derivations were conducted with the original shot shown below from the application of the Topaz B&W Effects collections and filters.
If you’re anything like myself, multiple failures to create a ‘clean’ mask from more advanced images were conducted in Topaz ReMask upon first use of the tool. However, with a little bit of practice along with helpful YouTube tutorials, I became more confident with the program.
Here is a useful method I would like to share with you for objects that are a similar color to the background, in this case product photography. The technique behind it is the editing that takes place after the mask is computed.
About the photo: The image used in this tutorial was taken by Gary Lamott and is an iconic photo of Historic Exeter, New Hampshire and the Squamscott tidal river, a copy of which is currently hanging in Congresswomen Carol Shea Porter’s Manchester, NH office as part of her Art on Loan Program.