Good things don’t last forever, photographs too cannot last forever. They sometimes even have a very short lifespan, this is because of the quality of paper that they are made of and method of storage. If they are exposed to factors can lead to wear or tear during storage then they will get spots, scratches, wear and tear very quickly.
With the introduction of digital cameras, people can now store photographs for longer since they are stored in memory. They are in soft copy not as the hard usual photos, you can convert your hard photograph into a soft copy by scanning it. However, soft copies can be tampered with since there are various forms of virus attacks that will damage the soft copy.
Adobe Photoshop has made it easy for one to repair his damaged photographs and restore them to their previous look. All that one needs is the Photoshop itself, some skill in using it and time. Below are the step by step procedures of repairing damaged photograph.
- Prepare the image to be retouched. Use Photoshop to open and prepare the image that you want to edit, make sure that you select the right photo. You can do this by creating a new file (white space) of appropriate size, open the folder with the image, then drag and drop the image in the white space. Crop the image to fit in the space.
- Select good settings. You will select the adjustment layers; open the pallet with the adjustment layers so that you select the layers that you are going to use. Create a folder so that you control the access and use of these layers at ease.
- Set good tools. You will need an Eyedropper tool, you will select this tool and then set the appropriate sample size, a 6px by 6 px sample area.
- Repair scratch marks and spots. Use a soft brush of appropriate size with no hardness and a darkened blending mode to retouch the scratch marks and filling in the patches. You will vary the size of the brush until the patches are completely filled.
- Add light. You need to add some light so as to clean up the photo, this is achieved by setting the brush tool to an overlay mode.
- Set the appropriate background. Set the best color of the background, normally use pale colors that contrast with the object or person on the photo so that to increase the exposure. Use the eraser tool while working on the background until you get the best shade.
- Work on the face. Focus on the face of the person on the photograph if present. You need to fix the squints if the person closed the eyes while taking the photo, whiten the eyes, darken the irises, remove any spots and scars on the face, eliminate any physical flaws, give the photo some symmetry if the person was leaning so much on one side, and also improve on the skins completion.
- Save your work. Remember to save your work.