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How to Repair an Old Torn Photo in Photoshop

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The results of this episode will absolutely astound you! Learn how to completely repair an old torn photo in Photoshop!

Reassembling the Photo

If you want to put together an old torn photo, you’ll need to start by scanning it in to a computer. Don’t worry if it’s in multiple pieces- we can fix that! Just be sure to Begin by selecting the pieces of the photo. Duplicate the Background layer while they are selected so that you don’t work on the Background layer. Then, cut and paste the pieces to be on their own individual layers. You can now use the Move Tool to bring them back to their original positions. Be sure to align all of the elements of the photo.

Dust and Scratches Begone!

Here are the Tools to use for editing out tears, scratches, and any other blemish that can be found on your old photo:

Spot Healing Brush Tool

  • Samples from a source automatically
  • Best used for small, isolated blemishes
  • Be sure to select “Content Aware” at the top of Photoshop

Clone Stamp tool

  • You choose the source sample, which allows for much more control
  • Be cautious of duplicating obvious spots

Brush Tool

  • Only use if there are next to no options for sampling
  • Takes a good eye and and a steady hand- this is essentially hand painting
  • Might require added Noise to look realistic
  • Much easier with a tablet than with a mouse

Fixing Discoloration

If you are working with an old aged photo, often times there will be a lot of discoloration in the image. To balance the Colors we use a Selective Color Adjustment Layer, because it make it very easy to target specific Colors (as well as whites, blacks, and neutrals) and then alter them.


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