How to Restore Old Photos with Photoshop
There are times that people may have old photographs
they would like to restore to save the memories. Photos
usually get damaged through the times. The pictures may
get blurred, the color fades and the picture might acquire
marks and scratches. Thank the technology of today. People
can now save and restore their old photos with the help of
Here are some steps to follow in restoring old pictures
using the Photoshop.
1. The person may use the Elements in Photoshop, which are
Dust and Scratch Filter to remove the marks, scratches an
blots in the photo. The Dust and Scratches Filter is
located on the Menu Bar and click on the Filter Tab. A drop
down will list elements and then he can choose the Noise tab
and select on the Dust and Scratches.
2. After clicking on the Dust and Scratches menu, a window
pop up with 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 will be
checked. These are the main options that will be used in
treating the picture.
3. Adjusting the Radius slider may remove the scratches.
However, there is a tendency that overdoing it may make
the edges blurred too. If that happens, the option is to
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 careful not to set them
too far or it will only create blotches on the picture.
4. In removing the marks, selecting the whole photo will
not diffuse these marks. The option is to select only the
part where the scratches are located. He may use the Lasso
to do this.
5. He can then feather the edges of the selected area so
that the selected area will not be obvious on the picture.
He can do this by clicking the Feather option and click
the Scratch and Dust Filter again. He can do the process
again of adjusting the Radius and Threshold sliders to get
the texture needed and remove the scratches.
6. It there are still visible marks on the other parts of
the picture, he can do the technique again by selecting the
areas he would like to adjust. To finish the process and
make the picture presentable, he can crop the image enough
to remove the cracks and torn edges of the picture. The
canvas may be use to equally crop the image.
7. A person may add drama on the picture by adding a drop
shadow on it. This will make the picture appear as if it
has been lifted off the page. The color may also be removed
using the controls Shift+Ctrl+U. He can then add color by
putting a little amount of Sepia. He can do this with the
Hue or Saturation tab. The contrast may be adjusted using
the Levels option.
This is one easy way on how to remove the blotches and
marks on an old picture. This is also a good way to make
the picture look new but still appear classical. It will
be a pleasant and easy way to display pictures kept on old
albums and cabinets for a long time.