Thursday, June 16, 2016

Restore an Old Photo in Photoshop

In the hashtag world of social media probably one of the most familiar is Throwback Thursday or TBT. The point is to wax nostalgic by posting old photos to stir memories and often just for your friends entertainment.

Personally it's a favourite.  Having taken copious amounts of pictures over the years, particularly of family,  what a treat it can be to sit for hours with an album on my lap, leafing through page after page.

I never tire of reliving the moments nor of seeing much loved faces.  Smiles so bright you can almost hear the laughter behind them brighten any day, while pictures of my sweet grandchildren are guaranteed spirit lifters.

Another pleasure in searching through photographs, particularly old ones,   is in the glimpses of  those no longer with us, but always close to our heart.  Sitting on the lower shelf of my coffee table is an album of my mothers. It includes all black and whites, taken in her childhood, through her teens and Dad's courtship. There are a few as well of their early marriage and of my siblings and I as babies. 

It's nothing less than a treasure.

The other evening while waiting for my husband to join me for a bit of television, I glimpsed the album and did a little flip through some of the pages.  Though this is less about memories then about remembering it was a lovely way to pass some time.

As I looked, I thought of old some of the photos were and how well they had endured. There were though the crumpled corners of some  and a few wrinkles across others, I began to wonder about restoration, how difficult it is and if the effort would be worth it. Since none of these were in terrible condition, I suspected that it might be worth a little investigation.

I found several tutorials that seem fairly straightforward with decent results. It seems that I just might have that retirement project I've been looking for. It will undoubtedly be a labour of love.

Here's what I found:

Restore a Heavily-Damaged Photo With Photoshop

Old Picture, New Life

Restore an Old Faded Photograph

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