1.22-Photo Restoration

Project Scenario:

There are hundreds of old photographs recently recovered from one of our client’s archives. The photos are damaged- some have tears and rips, others are stained and have colored splotches on them. We have been contacted to restore these images as best we can and to archive them digitally. They sent a sample image for us to look at and to restore so that they can decide if they will be happy with the quality of our work and the final images. Take the image located HERE and remove all the tears and worn areas and colorize the image to look as natural as possible. The dress was apparently supposed to resemble a red rose- with green leaves and red petals. Keep this in mind when restoring the image.

Project Objective:

Restore a damaged photograph.


  • You must adjust the levels of the image and understand a histogram
  • Use the Clone Stamp Tool to fix image rips and scratches
  • Add layers and change blending modes
  • Adjust Hue and Saturation on layers
  • Identify where to see image file size
  • Change Image Mode of an image
  • Adjust canvas size and fill with color for an “art frame”
  • Create a horizontal text layer
  • View print size and proof colors
  • Save as jpeg in the photoshop images folder called 102restore-lastname.jpg
  • Save the image as a photoshop document (.psd) called “102restore-lastname” in your Photoshop files folder (i.e. 102restore-smith.psd)
  • Write your journal entry

Concepts Learned:

  • Auto Levels
  • Adjusting Levels
  • Histogram
  • Clone Stamp
  • Layers & Blending Modes
  • Hue and Saturation
  • Text Layers
  • Image Modes
  • Understanding file sizes
  • Understanding flattening layers
  • Save as .psd
  • Save as jpeg
  • Crop
  • Adjust Canvas size (equally and in one direction)
  • Understand Resolution
  • View in print size and soft proofing


  • Computer Workstation
  • Adobe Photoshop (CS3 or better)
  • Damaged image


  • Software Tutorials and User’s Guides
  • Tutorial books in the design library
  • ACATestPrep videos


  • Get familiar with the clone and heal brushes. Pay attention to the edge of the brush- sometimes you’ll need a hard edge, sometimes soft.
  • When coloring images, keep all your colors on different layers. This way, if you need to do a hue or saturation shift, you won’t affect your whole image.
  • Use the color blending mode on your color layers most of the time. If a color doesn’t look right even after hue and saturation adjustments, try some of the other modes.


Does the image look like it was never retouched? Are the colors natural looking? Is the image easy to edit if the customer is not happy with the colors you chose?


  • Try again with a HIGH RESOLUTION COPY of the ballerina pic in this tutorial (sizes on changing canvas will be different than videos)
  • Bring in a damaged image from home and restore it.
  • Find another damaged image online and repair it.
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