If you’re looking to scan and digitally repair old, faded and torn family photos, we have a webinar coming up that’ll show you how to do it.
But first, you’ll need photo-editing software so you can make the repairs. Good news: You can find good software for free.
See what photo-editing software might be already on your computer. Windows Live Photo Gallery, for example, lets you do basic retouching and adjust exposure and color.
If you want to see what else is out there, look for free photo-editing software you can download. According to Gizmodo, Adobe is giving away an older version of its Photoshop software along with the Adobe Creative Suite (CS) 2. This version is suitable for most genealogy needs with tools such as Clone, Brightness/Contrast, and color balance. You do have to sign up for an Adobe account to download it, and Macs will need OSX 10.2.8 to 10.3.8, or the “translator” program Rosetta.
Update: Unfortunately, it sounds like this offer is only for previous Photoshop owners. Thanks to the commenters who created an Adobe account, made this discovery and reported back here. (One also recommended Irfanview.)
Want other options for retouching old photos? Gizmodo lists 10 free photo-editors here. One of them is Google’s Picasa, which we used for our step-by-step guide to fixing faded, spotted and creased pictures and for the photo above.
A relatively low-cost photo-editing software option that gives you a lot of functionality is Photoshop Elements, a “light” version of Photoshop.
Our Photo-Editing and Retouching for Genealogists webinar, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. PT) will show you what apps and programs are available for photo-editing on your computer and mobile device, how to retouch photos, and more. Check it out in Family Tree Shop.