How to Restore Family Portraits for Profit

Many take family portraits to capture the look and size of a family at a particular time. Over time, portraits on photographic paper can become damaged or faded. People will pay great money for you to restore the photos to the quality that they were years ago. It is not as difficult as you may think to restore a photo. With a steady hand and some good software, you can restore these photos to the way they were when they were first developed.

Get Comfortable With Your Equipment

No matter how good the photographer, if they are unsure of their software and equipment, they will not produce quality photos. The same goes for restoring portraits. It is a good idea to practice on some photos of your own before attempting to restore others for profit. Click on various buttons and practice basic procedures. Remember that there is an undo button. This button is priceless in case you click something on accident or are simply not paying attention and ruin the picture.

Scan Your Photo

If the photo is larger than the scanner, it may be necessary to scan it in sections or take it somewhere to be professionally scanned. Scan in the highest resolution your scanner has. This allows you to get a better quality scan and be more detailed in your corrections. Scan the photo onto your computer as a bitmap. While it may require more disk space, it also allows for a higher quality scan.

Begin Editing

Start with small sections first. Replace the deteriorated areas of your portrait. Start with large, glaring problems of the photo and gradually refine the tiny details of the photo. As you work, zoom in on the photo as much as you can. This will allow you to get the most miniscule of damage. The "cloning" feature of your software will allow you to blend the damage of the photo and match the color of the damage to that of the surrounding picture. Choose the tiniest clone brush in order to get the small details of the portrait. This will make for less mistakes and further damage.

Save Often

There is nothing more frustrating than spending hours on a project for nothing. In order to avoid this, remember to save your work often. This will prevent you from having to start over and spend another countless amount of hours attempting to fix your portrait.

Print the Portrait

After you are satisfied with your work and corrections, print the portraits on the highest quality paper that you have available. After you finish printing, check over your work and compare the photo to that of the original. When returning the photo to the client, go over what you fixed on the photo and tell them how to correctly store their photos in order to avoid having to fix the portrait again.

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