May 18, 2016

How to Fix an Aged Photo in Photoshop

How to Fix an Aged Photo in Photoshop

Learn how to remove dust and scratches and color correct an aged photo in today’s episode!

How to Remove Dust and Scratches

To remove dust and scratches from an aged photo, try using the ‘dust and scratches’ filter. Go to ‘Filter – Noise – Dust and Scratches’ and fine tune the radius and threshold to remove the unwanted marks. Avoid using a high radius to keep detail in the photo.

Color Correct and Lighten the Sky

To lighten the sky, view the image in black and white, that way you can focus on just the lights and darks. Create a ‘Black and White’ adjustment layer, then use a curves adjustment layer to brighten the sky. In this example we use the gradient tool to paint white on the layer mask, lightening the sky.

Next, it is time to color correct. Create a ‘Hue/Saturation’ adjustment layer and click on ‘Colorize’. Choose the desired blue for the sky and then mask in the area that needs color correction.

General Color Correction

Use a ‘Color Balance’ adjustment layer to color correct the entire image. Using this filter, you can adjust colors in the shadows, mid-tones, and highlights. Start by adjusting the colors in the mid-tones. If that doesn’t fix everything, move on to the shadows and highlights.


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  • user image

    Hey Aaron! I would like to know how to colorize a B&W photo, hope you could make a tutorial on that. Love your show!

  • user image

    Sorry but this is not the correct way of color correct an old photo.
    My attempt at just color correcting it. I adjust each color channel.

  • Greg Eisenhauer

    Hi Aaron
    Two days ago I attended my first Formula 1 Grand Prix here in England. Obviously I had to take some photographs but it was the first time with such a fast moving subjects. The images were not bad but not great in the main due to a safety fence between spectators and the cars. Despite my attempt to keep this out of focus sufficiently to disappear in the final image, I was not entirely successful….see the attached example image.
    Is there any way to remove the cast of the out of focus fence?
    Any help would be most appreciated. Regards and thanks in advance.

  • user image

    Another great tutorial !
    here’s my ages photo fixed ! my grandpa and grandma 🙂
    ciao !