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Restoring old photographs for printing on canvas

July 29th, 2009 No Comments

This is only a general guide for restoring images. The first thing to decide on is the image editing software to use. For this purpose, if the plan is to restore an old photograph that is torn, stained, and faded, an image editing software with the following features must be considered.


  1. Layers – Software that is capable of creating layers for each of the editing elements will make restoring easier. This way going back to original photo is easy once a mistake is made.
  2. Selection Tools – These are dependent on the image editing software being used. They may be called different names on different software. Some of the common tools are the pen tool, magic wand, and the lasso.
  3. Clone Tool – This is a very important feature as this used to fill color and spaces that have been damaged by time. This tool is used to repair crease and folds, as well as filling parts that have been torn or discolored.
  4. Filters – For restoring old photos, the best filters to be used are for blurring, sharpening, and noise reduction.
  5. Color Adjustment – This feature is useful for tired old photographs. When used alongside the brightness/contrast feature, colored photos can become vibrant again.
  6. Brightness/Contrast – By increasing and decreasing one or both of these, it can brighten an old photo and making it look new again.

The Process

 To demonstrate, here is a sample photograph to show the step by step process of photo restoration. This faded black and white photo shows creases and discoloration.



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