Follow these four easy, step-by-step techniques to apply the magic of Photoshop to your old black-and-white family photos.
Your old family photos probably have dust and scratches on them, or they may have yellowed from age. In other photos in your family album, the shadows may have become shallow, making the image look faded and flat. In your ancestors' day, the only way to fix battered pictures was to take them to an expensive photo retoucher. With today's computer technology and a little practice, however, even amateurs can scan and repair old family photos, printing out new copies that look as good as the day the pictures were snapped.
Most people think of programs such as Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, both created by Adobe <www.adobe.com>, as tools for working with color images. But these powerful programs can come to the rescue or your old black-and-white photos, too. Their tools let you sharpen a scanned image, open up shadows, “clone” areas, “visually repair” torn or damaged photos, blur and even colorize black-and-white pictures. Best of all, you can experiment without risking further damage to your precious originals.