Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Restoring Old Photos with Photoshop

Memories are precious and photos often hold these remembrances of times past. Since photos often become damaged through the passing of time, photo restoration is often sought as a way to save these memories. Pictures can become blurred; the color may fade and photos may even suffer from scratches and marks. Technology has come a long way, now offering a solution to these problems. Photo restoration is now available to everyone with the goal of saving and restoring their photos with the assistance of Photoshop.

The Elements in Photoshop, which are the Dust and Scratch Filter can eliminate marks and blotches in the photograph. Located on the Menu Bar, find the Dust and Scratches Filter and click on the Filter Tab. A drop down menu will appear listing the elements. Choose the Noise Tab and select Dust and Scratches.

After choosing the Dust and Scratches menu, a window will pop up containing two control sliders. The first slider is for the Radius and the other one is for the Threshold. There will also be another window if the preview box is checked. These are the main options that will be used in correcting the image.

Adjusting the Radius slider may remove the scratches; however there the potential that overdoing it can make the edges blurred too. Should this happen, adjust the Threshold slider and this will allow the details to go back and make the picture clearer with the scratches disappearing. The person should be cautious not to set them too far or it will only generate blotches on the picture.

Selecting the whole photo will not diffuse these marks when going to remove them. The alternative is to choose only the part where the scratches are to be found. You may use the Lasso to do this.

You can then feather the edges of the chosen area so that the selected area will not be apparent on the picture. You can do this by clicking the Feather option and click the Scratch and Dust Filter again. You can repeat the process of adjusting the Radius and Threshold sliders to get the texture desired and do away with the scratches.

You can do the method again by selecting the spot you would like to alter if there are still detectable marks on the other areas of the picture. To complete the procedure and make the picture acceptable, you can crop the image enough to remove the cracks and torn edges of the picture. The canvas may be use to uniformly crop the image.

You can insert drama into the picture by adding a drop shadow to it. This will make the picture seem as if it has been lifted off the page. The color may also be removed using the controls Shift+Ctrl+U. You can then add color by adding a small amount of Sepia using the Hue or Saturation tab. The contrast may be balanced using the Levels option.

This is a simple solution to removing blotches and marks on an aged photo. It will make the photo look new and fresh, but still maintain a classic appearance. Photoshop offers an easy and fun way to restore photos for viewing for years to come.

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