In the old times, film cameras were used which did not provide the luxury of saving pictures into memory cards, To mention it was hard to get large photo albums developed which had really little life span and could get damaged with the passing time due to deteriorating dust and rust. Now, we all enjoy the leverage of having our portable cameras at all times with us in our tiny pockets. However, today you do not need to lament the old ways of sharing and saving your treasured photographs. There are many latest tools and software which can easily render your photos perfect and restore their lost grace with little effort.
7 Steps to Restoring Old Photos in Photoshop
If you want to enhance your image quality up to 100% then these simple seven steps are worth your attention. These steps apply to digital photo restoration using the latest version of Adobe Photoshop for better image quality.
- Digitize your old photo.
- Open the image in Photoshop.
- Crop, straighten or rotate the image.
- Review your photo for any corrections you want to make.
- Make the necessary adjustments to your image.
- Apply a filter to reduce noise.
- Save the newly restored image.
Digitize your Old Photo
It is essential to scan the photo before applying any technique. This can prove helpful in case of an editing error. You can employ any photo scanner to take a photo snapshot. It doesn’t matter what type of scanner you use, whether smartphone-based or independent software for the job. The idea is to yield a high-quality picturesque representation of the photo. This makes it easier to edit it further.
Open the Image in Photoshop
The next step involves a careful setting of the digitally scanned image into Photoshop. The software creates a second exact copy of the image. You should keep the original one as the prime source for referencing.
Creation of a Duplicate Copy
- Firstly, look for a layer option in the Layers panel and start by selecting it.
- Now, Drag the layer to the Create a New Layer button, or select the Duplicate Layer option from the menu.
- After selecting your layer option, give it a suitable name and hit “OK”.
(If in any case, you want to remove or hide the layer panel while editing your photo, you need to click on the top right corner, on the eye icon)
Crop, Straighten or Rotate the image
Before starting by making huge abrupt changes and adjustments just make sure that you are working with a clean image with a perfect orientation. If there happen to occur any unnecessary white space around the edges, you can simply crop or clip around the edges to make it look smoother.
How to Crop your Image
For cropping an image to your desired size, you just need to click on the crop icon on the toolbox (Left side of the default workspace). The next step is to draw around the edges that you need to delete, Save the changes by pressing Enter (Windows) orReturn (Mac OS) to crop the image.
How to Straighten a Crooked Image
You can also straighten any crooked image with the help of the Crop Tool. For initiating the action you need to click on the Crop icon, afterward select the Straighten icon on the toolbar.
Drag a line along with a horizontal or vertical element in the photo. Photoshop will remove the excess image once you have enabled the Delete Cropped Pixels checkbox.
How to Rotate your Image
Photoshop CC allows you to rotate your image through its Image Rotation setting placed in the menu bar. To rotate your images in the editing software, you must click on the image in the taskbar and after that selects the image rotation icon. The image rotation icon enables you to choose your rotation style for the image. This makes it a lot easier to just convert the mage diagonal or upside down to view any hidden imperfections that need editing.
Review your Photo for any Corrections you want to make
Reviewing your image is an essential step. It only takes close consideration of all elements within your image, to locate what corrections and alterations are needed to enhance its features even more!
5. Make the Necessary Adjustments to your Image
Photoshop provides unique editing solutions for old and damaged photos. If you want to remove the color cast, first highlight your duplicate layer. Afterward, click on the adjustment icon to set-up your Photos RGB (red, green, and blue) levels. Bring the white and black sliders to the histogram’s upper layer. Exit the layer panel. For combining both layers, right-click on the area.
(Under Adjustments, you’ll see three options: Auto Tone, Auto Contrast, and Auto Color. Try these out first and see if these automatic corrections deliver your desired effect. If not, you can do these corrections manually)
Apply a filter to Reduce Noise
If you wish to remove noise from the images in Photoshop, you must follow the below-mentioned steps:
- Click on “Filter” in the right corner of the taskbar.
- Select the “Convert” option to the “Smart Filters” option.
- Switch back to the Filter tab, click on “Noise” and then select “Dust & Scratches”.
- Slowly maximize the Radius pixels and Threshold levels in increments to achieve the desired effect.
- Select the “Convert” option to the “Smart Filters” option.
(Beware of getting too carried away as it can lose a lot of dimensions)
7. Save the newly Restored Image
Once you are fully satisfied with the results of the image, you can delete the unedited layer or simply select Flatten Image while making sure that the edited layer is at the top. After following all the previous rules you can save your edited results.
To save the image successfully within Photoshop, consider the below-mentioned steps:
- Click File on the taskbar.
- Save it there.
- Choose your preferred file format.
- Specify your filename and location.
- Select your preferred saving option in the Save As dialog box.
- Now to save all the last moment changes made, simply click on the “Save Button”.
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