Photo Retouching Befores and Afters

Photo Retouching Befores and Afters

I just watched Allison and Christy rehearse tomorrow’s Family Tree University webinar on how to retouch family photos, and I wanted to share some screen shots showing a few of the impressive photo fixes you’ll learn:Fixing tears and creases (this is reader Susan Freier's photo, featured in our 2010 desk...

I just watched Allison and Christy rehearse tomorrow’s Family Tree University webinar on how to retouch family photos, and I wanted to share some screen shots showing a few of the impressive photo fixes you’ll learn:

Fixing tears and creases (this is reader Susan Freier’s photo, featured in our 2010 desk calendar).

Adjusting color (which also makes this document easier to read)

This is my favorite photo makeover. After adjusting the color and removing the brown splotches, this print

looks like this

Christy retouched these photos using the free Picasa software, not an expensive photo-editing program. Pictures with lots of scratches, dust specks and other marks take some time to correct, but you can do it at home at not too much expense.

Important things to remember when you digitally retouch a photo: Start with a good, high-resolution scan of the picture; save an unedited original; and regularly save retouched versions as you work, in case you make a mistake.

You can read more about the webinar Photo Retouching: How to Bring Old Family Photos Back to Life in my earlier blog post.

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  1. "GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages…"
    This pretty much says it all. A very robust and completely free program. Yes, there is a learning curve, but that is true of most software, paid or unpaid. Give it a try.