I decided to digitally restore this photograph of my grandmother Eleanor Rigby for publication in my forthcoming book. I did it in Photoshop CS3 and started by scanning the original into the computer in hi resolution. I then converted it to black and white and used a number of restoration tools (healing patch, spot healing brush and clone stamp) in Photoshop to remove tears, blemishes and dust marks.
I then added a tonal adjustment layer and a curves layer to adjust overall tone and contrast.
To colourise the image I used multiple hue and saturation layers in various colourised combinations and fine-tuned the image with layer masks and there you have it….a fully restored image of the REAL Eleanor Rigby….originally taken around 1948 in the yard at 105 Kemble Street, Prescot.