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.