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PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Photo Restoration, How to repair and restore damaged Photographs

In this video, I show you how I restore photographs using Adobe Photoshop. Whether you’re working to repair cherished family portraits or if you’d just like to see historical photos shine again like new, this video is for you!

My non destructive editing method broadly involves using Photoshop’s crop and healing brush tools, along with some subtle brightness adjustment using a curves adjustment layer.

I made a companion tutorial where I colour the restored photograph. Which can be found here if you’re interested: https://youtu.be/SKgEP-TlAm0

More can be found about the original photograph here: https://www.loc.gov/item/2016708602/

To see colourised pictures, including the one featured in this video, you can follow me at the following:


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  1. Thank you so much!! I've learned so so much!

  2. most helpful video I've seen. bro just saved me.

  3. What about correcting a photo blemished by cellophane tape placed over writing?

  4. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm new to Photoshop and planning to restore 50-100 year-old family photos after I DSLR RAW image and categorize them. 🙂

  5. BOY, you point out a lot of small details and tricks that APPLY TO REGULAR PHOTO PROCESSING!!!!!! I really glad I watched this and subscribed!!! Going to color next!!!! THANKS!!!

  6. Very cool. Thank you for sharing tips and tricks.

  7. How do you choose and replace ? Are u just clicking on one area and then brush it in there to replace it or do u use some commands on the keyboard?

  8. And now you can do it all in 5 clicks with AI, right?
    Technology is mad

  9. very useful video. thank you.

  10. Hi how did you that eye you copied?

  11. Ou sinon y’a Topaz Ai Photo

  12. I am curious if I am missing something or if the tool changed in the past 3 years. Couldn'd find unconstrained mode in my crop tool but a google search showed this:

    To free crop an image in Photoshop, select the Crop Tool (C), and set the crop preset to “Ratio” or “W x H x Resolution” in the upper setting bar. Next, press “clear” to remove any constraints applied to your crop preset. Now you can freely crop your image without conforming to a certain dimension.

    Assuming that is the same thing. Anyway thanks for pointing me in a direction that can help a novice do something productive!

  13. I have a photo that has a huge stain across it like something was spilled along the top of it which I would love to restore. Any ideas how to fix something like that with Photoshop?

  14. Great video. I was just sent a photo with a small tear near the top running vertical down the pic about a 1/2". This video probably a great start for me to work on the pic. I hit subscribe as I really enjoyed this content.

  15. Thank you very much for this excellent tutorial. I am in the process of creating a Bob Book of my family, not only from transparencies (I have a Nikon Coolscan) but old 120 prints back to the forties. My knowledge of photo software manipulation is weak. My question is, would Lightroom have much the same ability to heal & correct as you demonstrate with Photoshop? Thanks in anticipation.

  16. Great video! You showed me some good tips!!

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