Repairing Old Family Photos with Photoshop

For genealogists who have old family photographs, a new article in the MakeUseOf web site should be required reading. The article by Harry Guinness says:

“Everyone has old family photos lying around. If they’ve been sitting in a box for a few decades, though, they’ll be discolored, faded, and probably scratched or bent. With Photoshop, you can make them look as good as new.

Family having a picnic in the woods

“For this article, I’m going to assume you already have a basic understanding of Photoshop’s major tools and how to use them. I’m going to focus on strategies rather than the minutiae of the spot healing tool.”

The full article may be found at


What I would also like to see is an article on how to repair old church records and other old handwritten records.


    Haven’t tried it myself yet, but I have read that the autocorrect feature in Microsoft Picture Manager would enhance images of handwriting. Unfortunately Microsoft no longer includes Picture Manager with Office. There’s a way to install it, though, on Windows 10 systems, by using a custom installation of Sharepoint Designer 2010.


Harold (Linda) Pearson August 22, 2016 at 8:43 am

For anyone wishing to have old photos repaired for FREE, no strings attached, there are several great groups of genealogist/artists who will gladly assist and make repairs and even colorize thru Facebook. I’ve had over 200 colored and now assist with the repairing and coloring as a rewarding way of helping make others happy to see their old photos come to life.


How can we make old black and white negatives into digital positive prints???


    —> How can we make old black and white negatives into digital positive prints???



    I’ve been scanning old negatives for years. I just use the regular scanner – currently a Brother, but previous ones were HP – and I simply scan the negative. With whatever program you use for your photographs, you can usually simply click on the “negative” button and it turns out a positive! [usually of course, that button turns a positive into a negative but it works both ways in most programs] I use ACDSee for all my photo needs – it’s a great program and not all that expensive either. I’ve used it almost as long as it has been available and am very happy with my work.


I use Photoshop Elements 12 usually in the “expert” mode and it seems much easier than this one. He uses Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5 I see.


Many thanks for your suggestions on black & white negatives to Positive…
Al Schutte’


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