A rewarding hobby … that’s what you’ll have once you get past the initial learning curve to photo restoration.
… rewarding to see old faded photos come to life
… rewarding to collect and preserve a legacy
… and if the photos you restore are family photos, this might even spark a new interest in learning more about your family history
As you’ve probably guessed from the title of this site, I’ve decided to focus here on black and white photographs because I believe you can do a great job restoring them using Photoshop Elements. And even if you move on to color images later, I strongly believe there’s merit to focusing your initial efforts in learning to work with black and white images. Why? Well for one reason, it’s easier than working with color images. Fewer steps are required and you will use fewer tools and techniques that require advanced skills. And frankly, the capabilities of Photoshop Elements aren’t nearly as strong in the area of color correction.
OK, so where do we begin? First, I’d like to share with you my perspective — from a very high level — of what I feel are the most important skills and knowledge you will need for photo restoration. Remember, it will take some time to gain proficiency in these areas, so don’t let this list discourage you. I think you’ll find it interesting and enjoyable, even if it’s a bit challenging.
Here’s my list:
• Develop an eye for restoration; so that you can look at a photograph and “see” what needs to be fixed to have a beautiful image
• Understand the basic concepts behind Photoshop Elements
• Learn the Photoshop Elements tools and techniques
• Understand the process or workflow of restoration work, from scanning to the final digital image
• Working with your photos, and organizing and managing digital files
I hope you find these thoughts helpful as you’re getting started, and that you’ll check back for future posts in all of these areas.