Something challenging and fun with Photoshop is old photograph repair and restoration. Many of us have old family photos that are often damaged or faded. With photoshop, they can be enhanced and given "new life" and made ready to frame and display. The photo below had been pasted into an album and was cracked in places, had spots and fading, and one corner torn off when removed from the album. First it was scanned. Second, the spots and cracks and faded spots were corrected using the "clone" tool. The missing corner was replaced with cloning. Rather than tint the photo to make it a sepia print; I chose to color tint, as if it were "painted", adding slight green into the trees, and pinks and blues to the hair ribbons. The overall image was first sharpened and brightened slightly; then slightly blurred to soften skin tones. The final image was printed on matte-finish photo paper, as glossy paper would not have been available at the time. Find an antique style frame in a thrift store, use non-glare glass and you're done! Do this with several old photos and you have a gallery montage of wonderful old family photos to display in your home.
Image, circa 1920. Left to right: my aunt, my uncle, my mom.
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