How to Repair an old photo
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.