Date: 14-09-21 reading time: 00:05:01

In this article, I will talk about what is photo restoration and how it's done, and how I prefer to do it.

Restoring old and damaged photographs can be very satisfying

and can bring great joy to many people.

For example, if you have any old photographs that have been in a frame for a decade or more out on display. You may notice that they are not as sharp as they once were many years ago.

The reason for this is that photographs fade over time from the exposure to sunlight.

When removing a photo from a frame sometimes you can see part of the photo around the edge that wasn’t exposed.

Which will have retained its original clarity.

There are other examples for photo restoration.

Printed photographs tend to get damaged by touching them. Oil and grease from your fingers will stain them.

Spillages from tea, coffee, wine, water damage, smoke, these examples will all damage printed photographs

All are enemies of your precious photo collection.

Nowadays. You can restore your old and damaged photos using digital technology.

Restoring the sharpness and glory of your old photographs in the form of digital copies. With the use of apps and software which will help you to preserve them for years to come. Your precious memories can stay with you forever or enable you to re-print them.

Usually, photo restoration requires a lot of effort, experience, and skills.

Automated AI Technology

Yet, recently added AI websites such as Deep AI and App like Remini available in IOS App Store.

These websites or Apps like it promise to do all photo restoration or colourisation work for you. Using new technology such as machine learning with one click.

You upload your photo to a website. A bot scans millions of photos in an online database. Matching up and presenting you with an image to download a free restored or colourised photo. There are also paid options.

But whilst some of the results are astonishing they are not quite accurate.

Traditional Scanning and Photo Editing Tools

I prefer my usual photo restoration method.

Using a traditional flatbed scanner and photo editing tools.

With tools like Photoshop by Adobe, Affinity Photo by Serif, or apps such as Snapseed by Google.

Using these tools you have complete control of everything including colours etc.

Now everyone can put their hands on the technology

and restore their old family photographs to their original condition.

Because most people can afford the tools.

But without some knowledge and lots of practice, it doesn't mean that they will get great results.

When restoring old and damaged photographs

I like to spend around 2 hours on average on photo restoration work.

  • Research

  • Cleaning up Dust Impurities

  • Repair Scratches

  • Improving Perspective

  • Composition

  • Enhancements

  • Correcting Colour Balance

  • Colourising old black & white photographs

  • Choosing the Correct Colours.

None of the above personal touches exists using an online robot, at least not yet.

Gaining Knowledge & Experience

The most important part of the photo restoration process

is that you must learn how to use the software/tools

and have a good hands-on knowledge of how to restore damaged and torn old photographs

when using the apps or software available.

The photograph restoration process is not as easy as it first seems

and needs to have an interest and a passion for it.

And lots of practice for many years to gain the experience to master the skill completely.


As already discussed above, photo restoration requires years of practice

And one needs to gain experience to master the skill.

In this section.

I will discuss a few steps that will help you to understand the photo restoration process.

You will know how the process works.

So let's get started.

Scanning & Digitising Your Photos

First, you will need to digitise the photo that you want to restore.

There are two ways to digitise your photos.

One is to scan the photo with a flatbed scanner and the other is to take a photo of the photograph.

This can be a DSLR Camera or the camera on your mobile if it has a good enough camera.

Make sure whichever method you are using is capable of providing high-quality images.

If you use a scanner, It is always advisable to scan the photographs at least 300 DPI or higher at 600DPI in color. Even if the photo is a black & white image. this is because you have access to all the RGB channels wherein greyscale you do not.

Filing and Storing Digital Photos

After scanning and digitising the photo.

You need to save the photo to your computer in a digital folder filing system

where you can open it and will be performing the restoration process.

Using Digital Editing Software & Apps

Once all the saved digitised photos are in a filing system.

You will need to open them up in your preferred software.

You can then zoom in to check the issues that the photographs are having.

various imperfections such as:

  • Dust Marks

  • Scratches

  • Distortion

  • Color Cast

  • Colour Balance

and any other issues etc.

Using advanced tools such as the colour picker, the spot healing brush, and the clone tool.

Enables you to fix the irregularities of the photographs.

Including rips and tears, and with the help of the levels tool, you will also be able to fix the contrast.

The Benefits and Importance of Photo Restoration are Preservation of your Old Photographs

It reduces the risk of deteriorating your old photographs completely

and gives them a new lease of life.

So whether you have old photos, faded photos, torn photos, or you want to do black and white photo restoration,

You should get it done as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your old photographs

and preserve them forever as your memorable collection.


You can get your old black and white photos converted into color photos.

Photo restoration provides realistic photos

by adding realistic shades and sharpness to the old and deteriorated photos.


Another benefits of photo restoration are that you can get all your old photos digitised.

This will not only keep them preserved for life long

but you can also share them with friends and family on Social Media or re-print them and then send them as gifts.

If you are one of those people like myself who needs to restore old photos as part of their hobby

or you like to preserve old photos as a historian

or if you want to keep them with you to make a family tree

Investing In Yourself - Online Tutorials

You can take online tutorials

enrol yourself in online photo restoration courses

will invest in yourself and will enable you to get good results.

Help Is At Hand

But, If you are busy and not willing to learn or do not have the time or passion.

but you have that particular cherished photo that needs some urgent attention, I can help.

Please send me a message using the button in the banner above. All enquiries are welcome.

Thank you,

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