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  • 01 - What You'll Learn
    1:18m
Restore Old Photos
  • 01 - Balance Light Levels
    46:54m
  • 02 - Fix Dust and Scratches
    44:55m
  • 03 - Even Out Texture
    31:00m
  • 04 - Correct Color and Light Leaks
    39:27m

How to Restore Old & Vintage Photos in Photoshop

Description

Our old paper and film photographs often weather decades of wear and tear which result in fading, creases, torn edges, and discoloration. Fortunately, we have the ultimate digital tool to help restore them to their original form: Photoshop!

Whether it’s an important moment in history or a precious family photograph, you’ll learn how to restore colors, remove tears and creases, and ensure your most important memories are around for generations to come!

THIS COURSE INCLUDES

  • 4 Sample Images
  • 4 Sample PSDs

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Old Memories Made New

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Restore Vintage Photographs


Before digital, photographs had to survive the elements in paper form. Over time, fading, discoloration, creases, and tears take their toll on these important memories. Luckily, we have Photoshop to help restore them to their original form!

restore photos in photoshop

restore photos in photoshop

RESTORE ORIGINAL COLORS

ORIGINAL

Photo Restoration in Photoshop

We all have a shoebox of old photographs somewhere in our home. If you’ve been waiting for a good reason to dust them off, this is the course for you! Follow along as we show you how to take old paper photographs and restore them using the power of Photoshop.

Fix Fading & Discoloration

When film photos aren’t stored properly colors can warp and fade. While this can sometimes create the charming effect that film photos are known for, it can also take away from an image if the effect is too severe. You’ll learn how to balance out lighting, restore original colors, and help a scene look more like it did way back when.

Old & Vintage Photographs

Whether you’re scanning old photos yourself or you’re using a professional service, we’ll show you how to take those digital files and restore them in Photoshop. No matter how old the image is, you’ll be able to remove blemishes, restore colors, and easily share it across the web and social media.

restore photos in photoshop

restore photos in photoshop

FIX FADING & ADD CONTRAST

ORIGINAL

Restore Contrast

Old photographs can fade, and details can get lost. We show you how to restore contrast to any vintage image so that all of the original textures, details, and definition comes through.

Enhance Details with Sharpening

Film photographs often have a softer appearance which can be exaggerated with age and wear. Learn how to carefully add sharpening to an old photo in Photoshop, restoring important details, drawing more attention to the subject, and helping an image look like new without losing that classic film feel.

Portraits & Landscapes

These techniques will work on any old photograph, whether it’s a portrait of a family member or a photo of a beautiful location. You’ll learn professional techniques to recover details, repair damage, and help people and places look great.

Restore Any Old Photograph

restore photos in photoshop

restore photos in photoshop

CLEAN UP CREASES & FOLDS

ORIGINAL

Remove Scratches, Tears & Creases

The biggest challenge with paper photographs is protecting them from folds, tears, and scratches, especially over long periods of time. We show you how to use Photoshop to remove any physical damage and wear to create a clean, distraction free image.

Recreate Lost Details

Torn edges, large scratches, and scanning issues can all cause detail and information to be lost from a photo. Learn how to recreate sections of a photograph while restoring authentic textures and details.

The Spot Healing Brush & Clone Stamp Tool

When you need to remove blemishes, distractions, or, in this case, damage, look not further than the Spot Healing Brush, Healing Brush, and Clone Stamp Tools in Photoshop.

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restore photos in photoshop

FIX TORN EDGES

ORIGINAL

Adjustment Layers

Restore colors. Fix exposure. Work non-destructively. When it comes to photo editing or photo restoration, Adjustment Layers in Photoshop can do it all. Master these powerful tools and learn how they can help bring any photo back to beautiful quality.

Even Out Lighting

If you’re working with old and antique photographs, light leaks and lighting imbalances are a common issue. Learn how to even out exposure, remove or reduce lighting inconsistencies, and create a balanced final image.

Repair Scanned Images

Whether it’s damage to the original photo or unwanted effects caused by scanning and digitization, we show you a variety of tools and techniques to help restore any old image to the best quality possible.

Class Instructor

Aaron Nace

PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor

Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.

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Reviews

  1. This is brilliant. I really enjoyed this lesson and just know that I will be using these processes many times over. Not only for photo restoration but also in general editing. Thank you.

  2. This is a very timely tutorial for me as I’ve started scanning some old family photos. There is a lot of very valuable information here and useful tips regarding light, contrast, colour and removing blemishes. It’s given me lots of encouragement and motivation to continue my project. I’d love some quick tips, maybe in a short free tutorial, about the scanning process itself like what dpi to use etc. Thanks again Aaron.

  3. I suppose I’ll be placing myself likely close to an intermediate user in Photoshop, but every time I watch a tutorial of yours I learn more and more of new technics. Maybe one day I can shake our hands in person and say thank you for teaching us all those nice staffs. Be well and stay safe. Farewell from Greece!

  4. I have been studying fixing and coloring photos for a while. There is a lot of very good information here. LOVED the part where you talk about getting rid of the texture. Will definitely be revisiting that lecture.

  5. One of the best courses by far. Besides Aron teaching his techniques of photo restoration, he explained the use of so many Photoshop tools that can be applied to all other workflows. GREAT JOB!

  6. Very interesting and informative. I have loved the Spot Healing Brush for years, but never quite understood the Healing Brush and the need/benefit to picking a source area before applying the healing. This tutorial really made it clear for me.

  7. Great tutorial, using some really basic tools and methods to make perfect image restorations. As always, Aaron’s cheerful personality and teaching skills keep the lessons light and lively and easy to follow along.

  8. Just received some old wedding photos of my parents and planned to restore. Watched the videos and found them really helpful. Just one thing, you mention scanning photos, I don’t have a scanner but with a high resolution camera and tripod that allows removal of centre column i find photographing the pictures gives me a good result.

  9. Very fun and useful class. I give 4 instead of 5 stars while it is not really a PRO class. I learned a few tricks with the brush in combination with blend modes. The lesson about the filters was also very interesting. I am going to find some old photos and practice what I learned. The class was very welcome now that here in Vienna we are in Corona lockdown mode again. Aaron is always fun to watch and listen to.

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