How to Digitally Restore an Old Photo in Photoshop

The Original

The original photograph before I restored it (it's my mama and she gave me permission lol)
The original photograph before I restored it (it's my mama and she gave me permission lol)

A Step by Step Guide to Simple Photo Restoration

One of my favorite hobbies is the art of digital photo restoration. It's thrilling to take an old photo and give it new life again and to preserve our history for future generations. Over the years, old photographs deteriorate and fading, speckling, cracking, and creasing are common.

If your grandma was like mine, she loved to record every event in ink on the back of all of her photographs. Although this probably seemed like a stellar record keeping idea at the time, one of the most common damages I see is ink bleed through. It can be so disheartening to see ink and other issues wreak havoc on an otherwise fantastic old photograph. Fortunately, it is getting easier to repair this damage digitally and revive photos.

Today's photo papers are much better than in the past. Advancements like Photoshop allow us to digitally repair damaged photographs and then reprint them on archival quality papers that will last at least 100 years. For this project I am using Photoshop version CS5, however CS6 is expected to have even more "content aware" tools that will be even better for this type of work. Digital imaging has already come such a long way and restored photographs make people's hearts melt – especially ones they thought were beyond repair. There's nothing like the look in a loved one's eyes when they see a restored photograph – talk about “priceless”.

How to Restore a Photo In Photoshop CS5

So, what I am going to attempt to do in this hub is show others how to do some very basic photo restoration techniques. These tips are great for faded photos with minor damage. Things with missing pieces, major damage, mildew etc. are a whole different project and hopefully I'll learn more about making video tutorials for the more advanced stuff. In the meantime – enjoy this simple photo restoration (my lovely mother when she was a little girl) and try some of the tips and techniques yourself.

For this project I am using Photoshop CS5 – I realize not everyone has this kind of software, but many of the tools and techniques I am using can be replicated in other software’s to a degree.

Step 1:

The first thing you want to do is digitally photograph or get a very high quality scan of your original photograph. I do not have a high powered enough scanner so for my projects I do a high quality DSLR photograph of the original. If you plan to scan your photos you need to have at absolute minimum a 300 dpi scanner – the higher the dpi the better so that you can avoid as much loss of detail as possible.

Step 2:

Save an original copy of the original with the highest quality jpeg setting! If you totally screw up, have a major meltdown, or some other unforeseen catastrophe you have a backup to start working on again. So save yourself an original in case disaster strikes – or you simply want to practice and try different techniques on the same picture later on.

Step 3:

With your original copy in place create a new layer – this will be the layer you start working on. Lock the original layer and turn off the “eyeball” to hide it – you don't want to alter your original layer.

This is a good standard practice in any Photoshop project.

applying dust/scratch filter
applying dust/scratch filter
noise reduction / despeckling
noise reduction / despeckling

Step 4:

The first thing we want to do in this picture is to remove some dust and scratches using the dust and scratch filter. In Photoshop you go to Filter-Noise-Dust & Scratches. Keep the settings low so as not to lose a lot of detail. You will still have to manually remove a lot of it, but this is a good start. I set the radius at 1px and the threshold at 3 levels. Use the preview feature and adjust levels accordingly being careful to not remove too much detail.

Step 5:

The next step is to remove some speckles and noise from this photograph. You do this in Photoshop by going to Filter – Noise – Reduce Noise. Here your settings will depend entirely on your photograph and how “speckled” it appears etc. My photo was quite grainy so I did this filter at full strength and sharpened the details. Use the preview feature and adjust your settings accordingly.

the circled area displays larger areas of discoloration where you can use the "clone" tool to patch it up by cloning from a nearby source.
the circled area displays larger areas of discoloration where you can use the "clone" tool to patch it up by cloning from a nearby source.
image adjustments:  tone, contrast, saturation etc...
image adjustments: tone, contrast, saturation etc...

Step 6:

The remaining touch ups – fixing specks, repairing lines/creases can be done using the clone tool and the spot healing brush. The spot healing brush has become much more intuitive and useful in CS5 Photoshop over other versions and it cleans up specks/spots nicely. For my touch ups on this photo I used a round brush with 75% hardness – a hard brush will be very noticeable so soften it and use a brush size that is just slightly larger than the spot you are repairing.

Clone tool is great for fixing larger areas that need repair. In this photograph there was a fairly large spot of discoloration in her gown. I used the clone tool to repair this by placing the tool directly above the spot I want to repair. Hold alt and click to pick up the sample, move down to the spot to be repaired and left click and voila – a new patch is seamlessly placed and blends in perfectly. **Update 2015** The newer versions of Photoshop (6 and up) have great "content aware" settings for various tools making this process a whole heck of a lot easier now!

*HINT* When repairing marks, scratches etc. have your picture blown up at 100 – 200% so you can catch all the details. **

Step 7:

Create another new layer from this one. As we did originally we will work on this new layer and hide/lock the previous one. The new layer is what we are going to use to create our new photograph. The first thing here is to adjust your brightness and contrast. For this photo I really bumped up the contrast to bring out the details in the photograph.

This is another area where every photo will be different – if your original photograph is “washed out” looking – you will want to adjust the exposure (image – adjustments – exposure) and increase contrast / decrease brightness. Some photos are very dark – and then you would do the opposite. This is an area where it's great to experiment. (also why you saved your previous layers if you screw up just go back ;) ) You can also try the “auto tone” feature – or experiment with the different settings by going to Image – adjustments – and then you'll have all sorts of options.

This photo was very easy because it already had great details, very little damage and fading etc. I went to image – adjustments – saturation and desaturated the color from the image a bit before going on to my final step.

the final touch - adding a new sepia tone
the final touch - adding a new sepia tone

Step 8:

For my final step – I wanted to give this photograph a nice sepia tone. The light sepia tone (instead of the dark one from the original) adds warmth and a soft glow to this picture that I really love. To do this I went to Image – Adjustments – Photo Filter from here you are given a drop down menu and I chose the “Sepia” option and placed it around 15%. Again, you can use your preview option and try different filters on for size and see what you like. This setting gave my photo a great finishing touch.

Once my photo was finished I resized it to be the same size as the original actual photograph and that is what I will print out to give to my mom. You can save them and create larger images – however when you do that a lot of the image quality is lost. You typically want your photo restorations to be around the same size of the original.

**Some other things to consider**

I know a lot of people who restore photographs make them look “too perfect” and that isn't what people typically want either :) because old photos are ..well... old. You can leave a few little imperfections and the photo will look more authentic – what you are really after is to remove more serious flaws – you'll notice my photo still has some little flaws etc. Don't sweat the small stuff too much or your picture will look “fake”.

Also keep in mind this is designed to be a very basic beginner's project! There are much more advanced things we can do - like adjust highlights/contrast in specific areas - remove the girl and put her in a different background - bring out the details in the stuffed bunny she is holding etc. - This was designed as a basic picture overhaul

The "finished" product  - at least for a beginner's project :)
The "finished" product - at least for a beginner's project :)

The best book I've ever read on the subject of photo restoration. Thorough detail, easy to follow and it taught me a lot of new tricks I didn't know previously. It's definitely worth the investment if you are taking on larger restoration projects or considering doing restorations as a sideline business.

View My Video Featuring Before and After Restorations

Comments 104 comments

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ChristinS 3 weeks ago from Midwest Author

yes dodge and burn are good tools too :)

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clippingpaths 4 weeks ago from United Kingdom

Great start.. "Filter-Noise-Dust & Scratches. " Some times I'm using Dodge and Burn Tools to bring back detail. Burn for making shadow and dodge for highlighting the some things.

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Hezekiah 2 years ago from Japan

Great Hub. Also with the low price of printers these days. Your master pieces can easily be recreated.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for reading and voting.

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redfive 2 years ago from California, USA

Haven't done this in a while, so thanks for refreshing my memory :) Voted up!

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brianrock 3 years ago from New Jersey

I've had some friends ask me to scan and touch up some of their older family photos. It's amazing how much difference a few adjustments and a little cloning can do to clean up a photo.

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Excellent tips and thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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rumanasaiyed 3 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

This is an amazing way of storing photoes.

Voted up Useful and Shared!!

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks FullofLove, glad you enjoyed the tutorial. Also, these days they have scanners that are reasonably priced that do a lot of the cleaning up and color correction for you initially, so you don't have as much to do in Photoshop.

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FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

I do have scanned images of my old childhood photos, yet I didn't know if there was any way to restore them, or at least make them look a bit sharper. Thanks for your tips! Voted up, useful, awesome, shared and bookmarked as well.

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for the comments everyone and for the additional suggestions JanMaklak I recently upgraded to 6 and there are some amazing new features for sure. The content aware features are radically improved!

I will take a look at the filters you mentioned. I am always learning new things - it's like you can't ever not learn something new to try in Photoshop - I love it! :)

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Abdul Wahabone 3 years ago from Yanbu Al-Bahar, Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia

a very helpful article.

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JanMaklak 3 years ago from Canada

Great post. I have a hard time with photoshop. I learned on Elements and PS6 is a whole new learning curve. Did you ever consider using the high pass filter to sharpen the shot a bit. Have you seen the noise reduction in LR4? really really good.

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Anjo Bacarisas II 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

This is very helpful very, I should improve my my knowledge in photo shop, this page inspired me. Thanks for this hub for sharing about photo restoration. :)

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you ashanti for commenting - I truly appreciate it and glad you found the tutorial useful. :)

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

You're welcome Shara - thanks for commenting I appreciate it :)

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shara63 4 years ago from Delhi

that's wonderful... now i wud be able to restore some of those damaged ones from my collection of old family photos...Thankyou ChristinS!

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ashanti13 4 years ago from new orleans

Great hub thanks for sharing very useful

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

thank you for voting sasanka7 I appreciate it

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sasanka7 4 years ago from Calcutta, India

Very useful hub. Thanks for sharing. Voted.

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks naimishika, so glad you enjoyed the hub. We just did a pic of my dad for his birthday of him with his mother when he was little. I can't wait for him to see it :) Have a great day.

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naimishika 4 years ago from India

Good hub... I like this topic... I have an old pic of my wife in her childhood days and want to change.

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

the academic versions are much less - like 1/3 of the price of the full pro version and it's no different. Still has all the features. You'll love it if you get it and it's worth every penny I think :) thanks for commenting.

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dianetrotter 4 years ago from Fontana

PhotoShop is powerful and expensive. I'm going to see if I can get an academic version.

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

you're welcome thanks for the comment soundtrack junkie

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soundtrack junkie 4 years ago from New Hampshire

this is helpful... thanks for the tips :)

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you for the comment ytsenoh. Unfortunately, HubPages made the decision to phase out bookmarking for whatever reason or so I read. Seems like a shame to me, but you can bookmark it as a favorite in your browser or pin it or something if that helps. Glad you found the hub useful :)

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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Christin, thumbs up. Excellent hub. It was well written and you definitely demonstrated how to perform this activity very well. Those of us who love to preserve photos will appreciate this. If I could figure out how to bookmark this hub, I would. I don't find that option anymore.

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you Miz I am not familiar with Corel, but if the tools are similar I see no reason why the same techniques should not work. Thanks for commenting and voting and good luck with your photo restores :)

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MizBejabbers 4 years ago

This is a very helpful hub. My husband has an old photoshop program that I've never used. I've just bought Corel x4 and hope some of your lesson works with it. The tools are similar, and I think I can used your lesson to learn the Corel program. Voted you up, awesome, and useful.

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tiltshift 4 years ago from Merryland

nice PS retouching tip

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Well thank you very much! I appreciate that :) Have a great weekend!

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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I included this and your shaving soap articles in a tutorial link list on my blog today.


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ChristinS 5 years ago from Midwest Author

Dana - Scrapbooks are a great idea with restored photos :) I have a friend who builds lovely scrapbook pages perhaps she and I can get together and work on some projects for the holidays for each other.

Jennie - there are alternative software programs. None do all the things Photoshop does - but there are some that are very impressive, including a Free software program called GIMP. You may want to check into that and try it out. I'm sure you can Google it and find it easily.

***For any of you who are college students - you can get Photoshop and other Adobe programs for a lot less. I purchased the full professional suite (1800+ retail) for around 425 I think it was. ***

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Jennie Demario 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

This is so awesome. I would love to do this and then give the revived photos out as Christmas presents or something. Too bad Photoshop is so darn expensive. Are there any other cheaper alternatives with the same capabilities?

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Dana Hinders 5 years ago

Great tutorial! I'm an avid scrapbooker, so I've been experimenting with restoring old photos for some of my projects.

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ChristinS 5 years ago from Midwest Author

CS5 does have some improved features over CS4 - but all of these techniques you can easily use in CS4 and other versions. I had CS4 when I started doing these and just recently upgraded to 5.

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bjtutu 5 years ago from Malaysia

I just installed photoshop CS4. Gonne try out to restore one of my old pictures using your steps thought i believe CS5 might has some steps which are different from CS4. Thanks for the sharing.

medical equipments 5 years ago

Thank you for this wonderful and beautiful added information, I often visit.

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Thank you for this wonderful and beautiful Added Information

jennifer fay 5 years ago

hi, this was really helpful. I have recently gone digital in the last few years. I love it.

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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Hi there! Good job. I am pretty much self-taught on Photoshop, and have found it to be very much a Jekyll and Hyde program. Easy to get started; devilish to become truly proficient.

I am using an older version...Photoshop 6(no extra letters in the version), and taught myself the hard way--trial and error and at the top of the ladder--I restored an old photo of my grandmother and her two sisters--the flaw being that the photo had gotten torn to 2/3 of its height! For the very first thing I ever tried, I think it came out pretty well.

The most recent thing I did was learn the clone stamp tool...and removed a strainer that had been sitting on the edge of my fountain, and I somehow didn't notice it. (Grr--usually I pre-edit better than that!)

Well, the amazing thing about the clone tool, is once you've clicked to activate it, it just keeps going, so I was able to click on the strainer's handle, and keep moving, and at each point, the tool picked up the next bit from the edge of the fountain, thereby maintaining the color and shade gradations in the stone. What a happy surprise!

And I see this hub won the Hub of the Day award.. Congrats! Voted up, interesting and useful.

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ChristinS 5 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you again everyone for your lovely feedback and for enjoying and sharing the hub. I am still amazed at the response it has gotten. I will definitely post more tutorials when time allows :) I love Photoshop and the whole Adobe suite of products actually and I find them very versatile. They are intimidating when you are new to them which is why I thought for a first tutorial I would keep it simple to make it easier for people to really start to explore Photoshop and everything it can do :) I'm always learning more too and maybe I'll share some photo manipulations or digital art next :)

Sy 5 years ago

Nice instructions on Photoshop. The more you practice the better you can be.

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rangpur 5 years ago from BANGLADESH

Hi I am professional photographer, I know how difficult to work for photo Changing, restoring, enhancing,retouching and more Digital photo in photoshop.This tips very useful to those are new in photoshop.Thanks.

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AnishG 5 years ago from India

Thanks a mill! I'm gonna try this with GIMP. Will be quite handy. Cheers!


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DirectTarget 5 years ago

Really great guide, I had actually been talking to a friend about trying this a few days ago and then I came across this by chance!

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jblais1122@aol 5 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Very Cool! Thank you for such a great hub.

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tammyfrost 5 years ago from Oregon

Very Nice!

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apurva joshi 5 years ago from INDIA

great hub with such a simple and clear explanation.Was worth reading it. voted up :)

callonresources 5 years ago

christin..this is one of the best hubs that I have come across that deals with photography...I have a lot of old photos that I will need to restore..and I will be printing your hub to help me do that..

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peperuhi 5 years ago from Istanbul

Great hub and easy tutorail. I will use it.

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Rhoda Talisaysay 5 years ago from Philippines

Great hub I will look forward for more!

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catsimmons 5 years ago from Mission BC Canada

This is great Christin...I'm going to bookmark it for later!:-)

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Naomi's Banner 5 years ago from United States

Excellent Hub on picture restoration. I do not have photo shop and have been anxious to try it. Your Hub is inspiring. I have a ton of photos from my parents childhood and would love to restore them for my kids.

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platinumOwl4 5 years ago

This is excellent information, I have a few photos I want to work on. Thanks for the tips.

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bluebird 5 years ago

Very nice hub. Congrats on a good job done on a good subject, we all have pics that need restored and are so special to us!!!

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leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

What a great tutorial! I use GIMP a lot, but one of these days I'd like to splurge on Photoshop because it has a much more intuitive feel. You did a great job on touching up the old photo!

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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan

I didn't think there was any need for more articles on Photoshop help. I guess I was wrong. I haven't written any tutorials on this because I thought that the internet was saturated with them. Now I know better.

Good job!

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

An excellent hub with easy to follow guidance. Thank you.

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VonShanks 5 years ago

I love photoshop, I think Adobe has a wonderful productline. This hub is very helpful and has been well written. Thanks for posting.

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ChristinS 5 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you everyone for the lovely comments and for enjoying the hub! It is very exciting to be nominated as a hub of the day and to have won a hubnuggets award for this hub as well! I am simply stunned at the response :) and inspired to do more!

I know I always appreciate things broken down to the absolute most basic steps and then I can go from there and practice/build :) so that was my goal with this hub to teach some basics the way I would best learn from them. Some tutorials are SO vague and it's frustrating.

Anyway, I also hope to share some digital art lessons with Illustrator and Photoshop as well - to show how to do more advanced stuff with layers, masking etc. So please enjoy, bookmark, and look for new hubs from me soon on similar subjects :)

Thanks again for commenting, sharing, and bookmarking - it truly is GREATLY appreciated :)

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Thanks for the easy to follow steps and for the inspiration! I have bookmarked this for later use! Suddenly it seems possible to do! Thanks again!


gogogo 5 years ago

I am going to use your instructions, very good article tks for writing

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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

Thankyou for presenting this process in such a clear and straightforward way, very much appreciated. I'm working on digitally "enhancing" an old photograph as we speak, could not have found this information at a better time, will bookmark this for sure.

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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Congratulations on being chosen hub of the day!

Angelina 5 years ago

Dear Christin!! Nice Hub, very useful. I luv to work in photoshop.

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J Burgraff 5 years ago

I've read a number of how to hubs but I have to say this is the best written and most useful of all. I have some old photos that I would like to try this with and I'll let you know how it goes.

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Jenny Gardner 5 years ago from UK

I have book marked this hub. Very informative. Thank you very much profile image 5 years ago from upstate, NY

CS- Congratuations on a well written Hub! It seems Photoshop takes a lot of practice, some photo's can get marked improvements while others seem like goners. Your probably right in that the Photoshop rookies go overboard while trying to perfect their photo's. I had a lot of fun trying to fix up metal backed family photo's from 1875. WBA

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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Congrats on making Hub of the Day. Am bookmarking this wonderful tutorial on restoring old photos. Your instructions are clear and the photo you restored for your Mom looks great. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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Heuchera 5 years ago

Very nice. This one is a keeper!

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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Congrats on your nomination! This is a great tutorial.

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Photo Restoration 5 years ago from UK

Great HUb. Id be inclined to say that you can still remove all the minor imperfections and the photo look natural and old. It just has to be done well that's all. There was a day when the photo was new (but old) and had no imperfections! Great stuff!

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination!

I agree, while it's a good idea to record the date and place of the photo on the back, pen can make such a mess of the photo and takes some removing!

Excellent hub, thanks for sharing.

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ChristinS 5 years ago from Midwest Author

ripplemaker - thank you :) so proud to be nominated - yes I loved her eyes in this photo - very mischievous looking smile.

Flora - thank you :) I noticed that yesterday and I am very happy that I can share with so many.

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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

just noticed you have 100 followers. Congratulations.

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TroyM 5 years ago

WOw, Interesting and useful methods for save our memories digitally. Great ! Thanks for sharing your ideas...

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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Thanks to photoshop we can bring our old photos alive and be able to keep this memory for now and the future generations. Loved the smile on the photo... :D

Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination from ripplemaker and the Hubnuggets team. To read and vote, this way please: Best of luck!

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ChristinS 5 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you to everyone who has commented and visited the hub :) I really appreciate it. I'm excited to be nominated and hope it goes well.

Glad it is being shared and will hopefully help others learn to start this fun hobby.

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.josh. 5 years ago

This really is an excellent guide (and it appears you made rather significant improvements) - while I don't have any photos that need restoring myself, I do have a cousin who recently came across some old photos of our grandparents which could likely benefit from this hub. I will absolutely send him this way.

And congratulations on your nomination!

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Pamela Sarzana 5 years ago from northern Indiana

Thanks for this great information, photos preserve our family history, and this is great info on how to restore memories, keeping them alive for future generations.

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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

You have provided a very thorough guide to restoring photos. Although I have never used this technology, I will definitely keep it in mind for future projects. Thanks for the fantastic information. Welcome to Hubpages and congrats on your nomination!

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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

Good hub.I would also add Camera Raw (Comes with Photoshop CS3 up to 5) into the process.What Camera Raw does is open the image prior to going into photoshop. You can do very professional edits like white balance,brightness/contrast,exposure adjust there before you open the document in Photoshop. The beauty of it is it is non-destructive editing so you can always get rid of the edits if you do not like the result.

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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I had no idea people could do this on their own. We have a large number of old photographs, but my family tends to write in pencil on the back. Maybe they knew about the ink bleeding-I certainly didn't. I've bookmarked this hub for reference. Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination.

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

That is awesome, I have voted this up and useful.

Thanks for posting this I have some that need restoring.

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ChristinS 5 years ago from Midwest Author

Simone - thanks :) it's fun isn't it? I have done some that you just can believe the picture was even salvageable - and it just makes people's day!

Peggy - thank you for the warm welcome and for enjoying the hub - Photoshop can be a bit intimidating at first with all of its features/tools - but you'll get the hang of it and you may even end up with a new addiction in the process! I love Photoshop :)

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Going to bookmark this and start learning how to use the Photoshop that I purchased some time ago. Thanks for the clear explanations and a big welcome to HubPages! Voting this up and useful.

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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Great guide! I've done this a BUNCH in photoshop. The clone tool, and its various iterations, does WONDERS, and so does messing directly with levels. Thanks for sharing the how-to!

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ChristinS 5 years ago from Midwest Author

Hi Angelique - I have restored photographs that were over 100 years old as well. You'd be surprised at the damage that can be repaired with the right tools and time and patience. Unless there are big chunks of photograph missing you can probably have them restored :) I did ones of my great grandparents that were so crispy we couldn't even remove them from the frame and I was able to photograph them in the frame and do a redo. Don't lose hope on your oldest photos!

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Angelique Newman 5 years ago from Canada

This is so great Chiston S! Your mother was such a cute little girl and you restored it beautifully.

I have so many old photos I want to copy of my family; sadly some are in poor condition (dating nearly a 100 years). Even some of the photos of when I was young the color is fading and the hue is taking on a yellow tinge.

As always I loved your article and voted it up :)

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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

Good information on photo restoration. The final photo was very clear and lovely. I must refer to this hub for further teaching.

Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

Very useful hub. I have photographs that are 50-60 years old and I always wanted to restore them digitally. Now that I have found easy answers I will begin restoration.

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ChristinS 5 years ago from Midwest Author

Hi Danette :) Thank you - I bet they will really enjoy that. I know for Christmas last year I restored a bunch of my moms photographs and then put the restored digital images onto a digital photo frame. There's nothing quite like the look someone gets when they see faded out old photos made new again - it is really a great project!

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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Hi Christin, I appreciate this step by step explanation you gave of restoring photos. I do have the program you mention and know just the photo I plan to restore. It's one of my favorites of my husband and 2 boys. Am going to bookmark this so I can refer to it later when I do my project.

Voted up and useful!

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ChristinS 5 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks all for the comments - glad so many are finding this hub to be useful.

Ms Elizabeth - can't wait to see you again in the fall :)

I will definitely work on posting more things like this. It was a lot of fun to do the screenshots and show the steps - challenging for me in a good way :)

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A brilliantly useful hub which I am bookmarking and voting up.

Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading many more by you.

Take care


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A brilliantly useful hub which I am bookmarkiung and voting up.

Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading many more by you.

Take care


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txvjk 5 years ago from Texas

Thank you so much for this hub. I am very interested in improving my photoshop skills, esp. restoring old photos. I bookmarked this hub and will watch for more on this subject. I enjoyed your writing style...I got it! :)


ElizabethM 5 years ago

Hey Crissy I really like this hub....great tips....your friend in school.....

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mistyeyed2 5 years ago from Anywhere USA

It looks great! I have recently restored some photos last month. I would love to make this a full time career.

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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

Looks and I enjoy doing this to my old photos too. Welcome to HUB writing. I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and Useful.” I'm now your fan! RJ

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NicholasA 5 years ago from Midwest

This is a very helpful post. I will have a photo shop class in the fall and I think this will help me out. Keep up the photo restorations :-)

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