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Restoring Old B&W photos

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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I'm relatively new to the photo restoration process but am am in something of a bind. I have to restore a few B&W photos (similar to the one uploaded here) that enhancement of skin tone and detail. Could anyone recommend tutorials or provide specific instruction on how to make this kind of repair.

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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are you using lightroom?

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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Actually I was using the current version of Photoshop. Is Lightroom a better option? I've not used it much but am open to giving it a shot.

 

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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ps will work.

 

in the future, to find the best place to post your message, use the list here, https://community.adobe.com/

p.s. i don't think the adobe website, and forums in particular, are easy to navigate, so don't spend a lot of time searching that forum list. do your best and we'll move the post (like this one has already been moved) if it helps you get responses.



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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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Exactly! I had a difficult time even finding the way to post here. You say this post has already been moved or is it something I need to do?

 

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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your post is in the ps forum, https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop-ecosystem-discussions/restoring-old-b-amp-w-photos/m-p/1461...

 

you just need to await ps experts that will try to help.

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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Thanks so much!

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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no problem.

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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https://www.adobe.com/au/creativecloud/photography/discover/old-photo-restoration.html

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4751277

 

Regards. My System: Lightroom-Classic 13.3.1 Photoshop 25.9, ACR 16.3.1, Lightroom 7.3, Lr-iOS 9.0.1, Bridge 14.1.0, Windows-11.

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May 16, 2024 May 16, 2024

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If they are all that bad, I don't fancy your chances if you are a complete beginner.  There's so much damage that a lot of it is going to manual, meaning more done by you than by Photoshop.

 

Have a look at Neural Filters > Photo Restoration

The Remove Tool and Healing Brush

Patch Tool

Content Aware Fill

 

Some of it is too bad to fix, so your mum's right arm comes from another photo and has some noise added to fit the rest of this image.  This has been upscaled using an Ai app and not with Photoshop.  I wish you luck, as it's going to be a labour of love, and you'll end up wishing you never started the project.  DAMHIKIJKOK

Mom and Pop Restored.jpg

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May 16, 2024 May 16, 2024

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Thanks so much Trevor., and yes, a good many of the photos are as bad and will require a good deal of manual work. That said, someone's gotta do it and by the time I'm finished I guess I won't be a novice anymore - at least as far as this kind of restoration. Again, thanks so much for your guidance and advice!

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