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truculentp989   , 44

from Madison


DIY Photo Repair and Photo Restoration (And Best Free Software)

Today I am going to show you how to repair and restore any old photograph.

You are going Ace Hardware Coupons to learn how to straighten a crooked image, correct the contrast, fix color tone, remove dust and blemishes, and right size it for print or the web.

And better than that, I am going to tell you about some excellent photo restoration software - very similar to industry standard Photoshop - that is open source and 100% free. And I am going to show you which tools to use, and how to apply ace hardware black friday them.

By the end of this hub, you will be well on your way to fixing your old photos like a pro, and it will not have cost you a penny.

Free Pro-Grade Photo Restoration Software

There is lots of free photo restoration software available, some of it on your computer right now I'll wager. Both PCs and Apple come with very basic but very serviceable image editing programs. If you haven't checked them out, you should!

If you want to go a little further afield, and still keep it free, you can take advantage of the tools that Google's "Picasa" gives you - or that you can find on Yahoo's Flickr. (Flickr will send you to a photo editing site called "Picnik" which has a bunch of extremely cool tools and a host of packaged effects (although the coolest ones may require you to upgrade).

Now if you were a pro, you would be using Adobe Photoshop. But that costs $700!

"GIMP" on the other hand, is an "open source" photo editing program, costs nothing, and has most of the functionality of Photoshop. (Terrible name I know, it stands for "GNU Image Manipulation Program" and was created by a pair of geniuses at UC Berkley.) So, if you are interested in using some of the advanced tools of Photoshop to repair and restore your old photographs, but are too cheap to pay for them (and it) - give GIMP a try. IMHO, GIMP is the best free photo restoration and photo repair software currently available.

Warning: When you come to download GIMP, you need to pass through a gauntlet of side-show add-ons (like free tool bars and free games). They need help to support the program after all. Just keep clicking on "decline" (if that is your wish) and you should survive.

Disclosure: I have no connection or affiliation of any kind with GIMP, nor do I warrant or guarantee its performance in any particular circumstances.


Deciding What Needs Fixing

First job in photo repair is to scan your old image. Make sure you have blown the dust off the image and cleaned the scanner glass, then set the scanner to a nice high resolution - say 600dpi.

Now, with your image safely stored in a folder on your computer that you can find again, open it up and assess the problems. The damaged photograph above is pretty easy to assess. It's got a huge tear through it!

Also, it has a smaller tear across the man's face, it has yellowed over the years, has some staining and fading, and if you could see up real close you would notice a lot of small dust marks.

Did you manage to download GIMP? (Just Google it and follow the prompts.) Once you have, open it up and you should see the interface you'll use for photo repair & restoration - which should look like the one above (minus the image of Ida).