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What You’ll Be Creating
In this tutorial, we’ll take an in-depth look at restoring an old torn photograph. Restoring old family photos is something that you can do for your relatives and bring tears to their eyes, and yes this is a service you can offer to clients as well. Let’s take a look at a professional workflow for restoring old photographs to their former glory.
When deciding on which picture to use for this tutorial, I encountered the lack of material I could use in public. The picture provided is a family photo sent to me in a terrible scan resolution. But the picture was just the kind of picture I found right for this kind of tutorial. And the end result also shows that you actually can work on poor scanned pictures and get reasonably good results.
The print size is of course limited due to this. That said. The importance with this tutorial is guiding you through the workflow process. There are some important steps, however, you must keep in mind, but never hesitate to be creative and explore different approaches. The steps to follow are:
Make a copy of the original to work from
Adjust the dimension you need and crop the image so you don’t work on areas you don’t need.
Retouch/restore areas in the image as needed.
Remove noise or unwanted patterns
Adjust highlights shadows and neutrals (in color photos you would also adjust skin color)
Adjust the brightness and contrast