Memories are to preserve and in this digital age, it is much easier to capture those moments that are never forgotten. Everyone has a box full of old photos that are now discolored, torn or scratched. Over time, paper images tend to be damaged due to the outside environment and there is no option to keep them clean and safe. But if there is an electronic copy of these images, you can see them the way they are for the next few years.
So what should be done to keep old photos old? Photo restoration is a technique used to keep paper images intact by transforming them into digital format. Any type of damaged photos can be restored using image restoration following a simple process, ie, scan the image, edit it using some photo editing software, save it and print it if you wish.
Make a backup of the image
Before doing any editing on the image, be sure to make a backup of that. It will keep the original image safe in case you mess with it. Sometimes, you may feel that you are going in the wrong direction, so having a duplicate copy of that will prevent you from losing the original effects.
Cleaning is important
The scanner and the printer must be clean before inserting any image into them. For already damaged photos, you can not afford to add more dust from the dirty printer or scanner.
Work with layers in Photoshop
The most amazing software to perform photo restoration is Adobe Photoshop. This software allows you to work with layers and add multiple effects or filters at once. Cut out the object from your background using the clipping tool or the pen tool or the background removal tool and apply good filters to make the image look amazing. The layers are useful and allow you to make the necessary modifications without much noise.
Use of brushes
Another editing tool is the different brushes available in Photoshop. Now suppose you have a bad image with a patch or scratch that is not completely removable. To fill that space, use the brushes wisely and copy the pixels from your nearby area so that the space looks good and natural. The cloning tool is widely used to solve these defects.
Correction of color
To maintain beautiful and natural images, it is essential to maintain white balance. The automatic color adjustment tool is used to improve the skin tone or retain the white balance of the image.
Once this is done, you can save the image in the desired format. Photo restoration is a very clean and easy concept if you understand it once. With practice, one can transform old images into new ones and always appreciate old memories, even after hundreds of years have passed. It depends entirely on you whether or not you want to print the restored photos. I hope you understand the technique, when will you start then?