Digital photo restoration works wonders in creating a modern-quality image from an old faded family portrait. On the other hand, this process can also be used in creating a timeless feel on a certain photo.

Do you want to know what are the different aspects that you need to deal with when you restore a photograph?

The following are the three main aspects you need to deal with when restoring a photograph. The designated tools to address these aspects is also provided:

  1. Fading. Fading means that your image has a reduced contrast. Thus it has degraded in such manner that the black portions have become less dark and the white portions have become less light. The most effective universal tool that can fix this problem is the levels tools available in Photoshop.
  2. Color Cast. For unrealistic color casts, like the familiar “yellowing” of photos, this can be remedied by using the “white balance dropper tool”. This is the easiest method to use because it has the potential of neutralizing the color casts in just one single step.
  3. Localized Damage. Old photos which have incurred plenty of imperfections like dust marks, stains, tears, rips, crinkles and scratches, generally called as localized damages, may be restored by using the clone stamp and healing brush tools in Adobe Photoshop. Other editing softwares may also have these tools available. These two tools are most effective in restoring localized damages in photographs.

Before you start with your photo restoration process, you must do the following:

  1. Scan the original image or photograph.
  2. Save the scanned image in TIFF or RAW or DNG file formats, most preferably in more than one location.
  3. When you start editing make sure that you save your edited images in separate files so that you can always go back to the original one if you ever need to do more revisions.

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