Updated: Aug 6
Scanning: The first and most important step of photo restoration is scanning your image into a digital format at a high enough resolution to make any necessary repairs. This part can be difficult if you are working with an older, damaged photo as it requires special equipment and expertise to ensure quality scans.
2. Cloning & Healing: Cloning or healing tools allow you to remove blemishes, dust spots, cracks and other imperfections from the surface of your photos by duplicating pixels from areas without damage and painting them over the problem areas.
3. Color corrections: Color corrections involve adjusting shade and contrast levels in order to bring out subtle colors that may have been lost due to age or poor storage conditions. This process also involves desaturating colors that have become overly vivid over time or are artificial in nature.
4. Sharpening & Blur removal: Sharpen filters allow you to correct minor fades, smudges and blurriness caused by improper scanning or damage to the photo itself while restorers use blurring tools to remove excess detail from images such as noise or other objects in the background that distract from the subject of the image.
5. Retouching & Layering: Retouching allows restorers to add small details to photos such as removing flaws like wrinkles or adding natural-looking highlights on faces or textures back into clothing when needed for a more polished finished work. Layer masking is also key for removing unsightly portions of an image while keeping edges soft instead of creating hard borders that look too obviously edited compared to neighboring pixels
6. Creative Effects: Sometimes, enhancing contrast or saturation in photos won't be enough if the client wants something unique for their picture restoration project - this is where creative effects come into play! These tools can include adding grainy textures, colorizing black & white photos or creating vintage looks by adding darkening corners around certain areas of focus with gradient maps and brushes features
7. Printing: Finally, once all edits and restoration processes have been completed then it’s time for printing your newly restored photo onto paper! A wide variety of sizes and materials exist ranging from basic postcards size up through large canvases so that no matter what size room it needs placed in expectations can be easily met with almost any type of print media available today!