Photo Restoration – A Quick Sneak Peek on How I Do It

Photo Restoration – A Quick Sneak Peek on How I Do It

photorestoration-ex4Let’s start by stating this photo isn’t mine, I found it on Google. Original photo here.

The video I reference throughout the post can be found here.

Using Adobe Photoshop CC, I have taken the rips, crinkles, and scratch marks out of the photo. The best part is? I really only used two tools when doing so! In Photoshop, and as seen as the video I have attached showing a sped up version on how I really do it, you will mostly be using the Clone Stamp Tool (S) and the Spot Healing Brush Tool (J). In some parts, like for the ear, I did add a little bit of color to the ear- because it’s such a small area to really use either of the tools stated above and it would usually just take the ear out completely and cover it with hair- using the Brush Tool (B).

Tip: Copy the original layer before working on the image. It’s cool to compare the layers when everything is all said and done. And always save as, never save over an original photo.

It can get tricky with the shadows in an image and especially on the face. I have restored an image where there were all sorts of rips in a face and it might have been the most frustrating thing to work with. Having half of a face though makes it a bit more manageable to work with. Like if I need an eye, I can copy the good eye and paste it over the bad one- editing it to look like the other eye! I’m sure I’ll be posting more “How-to” videos to show how to deal with a situation like that.

This photo’s color had maintained the Black & White color it was given, so you didn’t have to add it back. Some photos will look very yellowed (they were once black and white) and there’s a way in Photoshop to add a Black & White over it. Up at the top left where it says File, Edit, Image Layer, etc., click on Image>Adjustments>Black & White. That’ll add a black and white layer over the layer you were working with!

Questions? Feel free to ask them by emailing me or commenting below. I’d love to help 🙂


photorestoration-ex42Final image after photo restoration.


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