RESTORING OLD PHOTOSWITH PAUL BURNETT
Whether you have just snapped a selfie or landscape, just about any photo can be ‘fixed' like a pro, even on your phone or tablet. For the purposes of this tutorial, I have chosen to use Adobe Photoshop Fix and an old photograph of my wife's mother. It was taken many years ago and the print is showing many signs of aging, so I want to bring it back to life and restore it. When you first open Photoshop Fix, you can use the tutorial files to get you started or start a new project by taking an image with the camera, or opening an image from the camera roll, your Creative Cloud files, Lightroom, Facebook or Dropbox.
I opened this image from my Creative Cloud files and was presented with 10 tools at the bottom of the screen.
Before I start, let's look at the common controls in each section. You can undo and redo using the buttons at the top right, and view the image full-screen. You can also see 'before' and 'after' together using the button at the top left, and commit or reject the changes using the cross and tick buttons at the bottom. Zooming in and out using the usual two-finger gestures works too. 1. Let's start with the Adjust tool to get the levels and contrast close to where I want.
I'm going to lift the exposure just a tiny bit by shifting the slider to the right and increase the contrast quite a bit by shifting it more to the right. I'm also going to clean up the background by lifting the highlights. Once happy, I'll commit to the changes by tapping the tick on the lower right. 2. Now for the fun bit. There are a lot of scratches on the photo and a stamp at the bottom that I want to get rid of, so I'm going to use the Healing section.
For this image, I think I can get away with just using the Spot healing tool. Some tips for using it – get the size of your brush and hardness right (softer edges are often better to blend the changes in), and zoom your image in to get more control.
Let's start with removing the stamp. Just draw over the bits you want to fix with your finger. If it doesn't work correctly the first time, touch it some more or undo and try again.