We were recently hired to restore and make digital copies of this beautiful hand tinted photograph. The only problem was that it was in a bubble glass frame and caused the print to take the shape of the glass. This meant that it would not lay flat on my scanner bed. I decided to bring out my 5D and set up a long exposure rig.
Once I had the image in my computer, it was time to take the bulge out of the image. I used the lens correct tool to complete this task.
With the bulge taken out I began to lightly spot imperfections due to aging. I left the imperfections and brush strokes that were created by the hand tinting.
I then wanted to clean all of the edges and give it a perfect oval shape. I created a vector image to match the exact shape of the photograph.
I outlined the photo using my shape. I painted the white area to bright white and fixed all the edges with the stamp tool.
Last step was to play with the curves and get the colors perfect for printing.