Restoring Old Photographs in Photoshop

Most people I know have albums full of old photos which they’ve amassed over the years. Many times, some the old photos might be showing more than a little wear and tear. Often, the photographs could be crumpled. The colors might have faded because of the passing years. When the photographs are of special sentimental value, the question is then asked, if the images can be restored. Especially if you would not wish to lose your greatly treasured memories represented by the pictures.

Until quite recently, restoring old pictures was to get a professional photograph restorer to do it for you. Those days are over, and nowadays, thanks to the miracle of digital imaging, you might be surprised to learn you can very easily do the work yourself. The essential tool which you require to do this job, is Adobe Photoshop.

You probably have already heard that Photoshop is the leading software tool for manipulating digital photographs and graphics. In the case of photo restoration, the most important difference from many of its lesser-known rivals is the fact that Adobe Photoshop contains a broad range of tools for working with numerous types of digital image problems, rather than making do with a one size fits all approach which may not be right for repairing all images.

The other reason in using Adobe Photoshop instead of other software, is that Photoshop includes tools for working in layers. The power of layers is that its allows you to very simply split apart each group of your edits, and if you discover that you’ve made a mistake, it is straightforward to undo just that miss-step without destroying all the other edits which you have done to the photograph.

One thing that sometimes deters people from getting started with Adobe Photoshop is that Photoshop has the reputation of being a complicated program, that people expect to be complicated and exceedingly difficult to make best use of. Nothing could be further from the truth, modern versions of Photoshop are both powerful and straightforward to use. In addition, there are numerous inexpensive tutorials which will show how to master Adobe’s software. Some of the top tutorials are even video-based which makes learning to use the software fast.

To summarize, if you have a collection of old damaged photos, why don’t you have a go at restoring them? I can’t deny that photograph restoration requires some patience and attention to detail, but by simply using right tool – Photoshop – and with the help of online training materials, I have no doubt that you’ll be pleased at the quality of your photo restorations.

Five Things You Can Do With Photoshop

1. Add and organise layers.

One of the most powerful features in Photoshop is its ability to work with layers. Layers allows the user to place different shapes, images and text in different locations and depth within the master document that you are working on. One example is having a rounded rectangle shape with a different colored stroke on the outside that acts as a right or left content region of a Web 2.0 theme. You can add another layer on top and use an image for that layer with rounded corners. Text may be placed on top of that layer, and effects such as a drop shadow and outside glow may be added.

There really is no limit to the amount of layers one can use and Photoshop provides the ability to add folders in the Layer Window to organize your layers inside of. Moving layers within this window is a breeze.

2. Save in various formats including optimizing your design for your website.

A really neat feature that Photoshop has is the ability to automate image files into a high resolution PDF file. This is fantastic for high quality printing requirements. For the website designer, Photoshop can optimize images into JPG and GIF files that are common for viewing on the Internet. The settings can be adjusted for fast viewing online while maintaining good image appearance and quality.

3. Create vector shapes.

Photoshop comes with several preloaded vector shapes. They are quite easy to select and can be enlarged and scaled based on your needs through the transform tool. There are a variety of shapes that can be found online for both free download and for purchase.

4. Slice your design for use in your website.

The slicing tool provides the means to break the design into several areas that can be exported into Dreamweaver which is a WYSIWYG HTML editor. Other online tools are available to transform the layers of your design into a functioning theme for common Content Management Systems. These tools vary, but generally a knowledge of style sheets and CSS is required for optimum use.

5. Create animations.

Photoshop allows you to take several layers and create animations with them, such as mouseovers for text in websites or animated GIF files. Certainly not a substitution for Adobe Flash, animated GIFs, when used in proper context, can be useful, such as creating an animated advertising banner on your website.

Photoshop has come a long way in its development cycles, but certainly is a required tool for those who can master its potential.

Enhance Your Photos With Online Photo Editors

If you have a picture that is perfect except for that one little thing, be it red-eye or a prankster in the background, this article will help you find tools to remove those imperfections. To enhance your picture and remove unwanted sections, you will have to use image editing software. Using image editing software is neither as complicated or expensive as it sounds. In fact, it is free. First we will cover the two most common uses for basic image editing.

Cropping

Cropping a photo means that you are taking a selected section of the photo and removing the rest. With cropping you can center and frame your image without stretching the original image.

Red-Eye Removal

Most photo editors have a tool to remove red-eye. You will just select the red-eye tool, select the red-eye in the photo, and the red-eye tool will get rid of the red-eye. Here are some sites where you can edit your photo for free.

Picnik

Picnik is our favorite online image editing tool. Simple, elegant, and easy to use, Picnik is a great tool for first time beginners and experienced editors. Some advanced features are restricted on free accounts, but in most cases you won’t need them. You can find the Picnik editor at Picnik.com.

FotoFlexer

FotoFlexer is perfect if you want to add animations or effects. If you do not have a lot of experience, this is a great place to start. You can visit the site at fotoflexer.com.

Adobe Photoshop Online

Photoshop online is an online version of the industry standard Photoshop desktop image editing program. If you register to create an account, you will be able to use many of the same features the professionals use. If you are serious about image editing, this is the place for you. Adobe Photoshop Online can be found at photoshop.com. Each of these image editors have a free option and can get you on your way to editing photos in no time.