Restoration of Civil War Era Portrait Using Photoshop

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A representative from the local Civil War Re-enactment Committee contacted me about restoring a cracked daguerreotype of Jacob Alfred Tinsman. A the time of this image in 1861, Tinsman was a Union Sergeant in the Cavalry – 7th Regiment – Company H & L for Northeast Missouri. In 1865 he was discharged from his duty — went into politics and lived to an old age.

The original image had a large crack running the length of the portrait. The crack was wide enough that something beyond basic touch-up techniques would be needed for restoration, especially around the facial features. I used a combination of cloning, sampling and repainting for various sections of the image. In order to give the final image a cohesive appearance, I added texture and an overall tonal adjustment.


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