Today, most photographs that you see in magazines have been touched up using digital technology. Blemishes, teeth and backgrounds are removed, whitened and are either enhanced or cleared of unsightly elements. Not only restoring old images to their earlier beauty, but also possibly improving them vastly in the process are the same techniques work wonders with old photo restoration.
It is necessary that you show your photographs to a qualified professional if your aim is the restoration of the original photograph. If the damage is slight, then undertaking the photograph restoration, which may incorporate any of the methods given below, is what he will do. Be sure that the professional you choose is competent because these techniques require experience, expertise and a very delicate touch, and any restoration work done on the photograph itself can be permanent.
The photograph is placed in a scanner and electronic signals from the scanned image are digitalized and projected onto a computer monitor in one method of old photo restoration which is electronic. Repairing scratches and tears, remove flaws, stains and blemishes and even rebuild missing parts of the image is what the restorer can then do. For this technology, the hardware and software technology is very sophisticated and requires a highly trained technician to operate it, so the costs involved in this type of restoration can be prohibitive.
Can be restored using chemicals are old black and white photographs. Can be redeveloped, restoring the metallic silver substance in the photograph that has oxidized and caused the washed out appearance is a very faded picture. This method will sometimes bring clarity back to the faded original because it results in a dramatic improvement. You may want to consider before making a decision about bleaching the old photograph first before redeveloping it which is even more effective, , but there are serious drawbacks to these techniques. The chemicals used can degrade the old emulsion and permanently damage it if the old print is fragile while redeveloping it. You will be stuck with your new picture, whether you like it or not because using bleach and then redeveloping will change the old photograph forever. If your old photograph is of considerable sentimental value to you, a less drastic method of restoration is what you may prefer.
With all the digital technology available today, making a copy of your old photograph and then working on the copy is the least expensive method.
Old photographs must be stored carefully by keeping old prints flat and laying them between sheets of special acid free paper to preserve them. Your children will not have to worry about old photo restoration when they inherit these precious pictures if you look after your old photographs well.