How to Re­pair an old photo

Mac Format - - APPLE SKILLS -

1 Pick your bat­tles

This is the per­fect im­age to start off with: dam­aged but clearly not be­yond re­pair. A few sim­ple fixes will cre­ate an cleaner pic­ture. The first step is tak­ing care of those creases where some philis­tine has folded the print for stor­age.

2 Bat­tle of the clones

Press s to choose the clone stamp tool, then å- click where you want to sam­ple from. Where there are lines to match up – where the is­land’s hori­zon meets the sky here – sam­ple im­me­di­ately ad­ja­cent to carry on the line’s run.

3 Heal the world

For spots in ar­eas that don’t have a wealth of fine de­tail, the spot heal­ing brush (press J) is a fast fix. Paint over an area and Pho­to­shop picks part of the im­age to put over it. For ar­eas of sky or wa­ter, this is a lot faster than cloning.

4 Fix­ing colour

Neu­tral­is­ing yel­low­ing of old black-and­white pho­tos is fairly sim­ple. Choose Im­age > Ad­just­ments > Hue/Sat­u­ra­tion, pick Yel­lows from the pop-up list of colours, and re­duce sat­u­ra­tion to cre­ate a much more neu­tral look.

5 Adding im­pact

Press ç+ L to open the Lev­els win­dow. Drag the left- and right-hand tri­an­gles un­der the his­togram right and left, re­spec­tively, so the dark­est ar­eas get darker and the bright­est bits get brighter for more ap­par­ent con­trast.

6 Fix the curves

In the Curves tools (press ç+ M), cre­ate an S-shaped curve. Again, this is to in­crease ap­par­ent con­trast. For print­ing, con­sider crop­ping out any mount­ing card (press C ), but, for pos­ter­ity, keep a copy with it in­tact.

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