Photo retouching is highly achievable thanks to powerful software programs such as Photoshop.
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There are many tools designed with old damaged photos in mind and once you know how you can rescue many old images destined for the trash, breathe new life into them, and make them look near new.
As part of the teaching process we would like to help demonstrate how you can fix up your own photos using examples of your choosing.
This is not technically a free service for fixing up your images for you. To do this properly we would need to professionally scan the original image for starters.
We would not like to have you risk your precious memories by sending them to us from far flung corners of the globe. It is also expensive to package them to keep them from bending which both you and we would have to do at each end.
What we are offering is the chance for you to learn firsthand how to fix up your own photos by following along with a lesson where we fix up your photo. I’m sure you’ve all seen exercises in books where you can download practice images to learn on, but then have struggled with applying the advice to your own image. Well we want to cut out the middle man.
So send us a copy of your damaged photo to our email address firstname.lastname@example.org so we can use yours in one of our published tutorials.
VERY IMPORTANT - Please don’t attach copies of your photos in a message on one of our existing articles. It may be easiest for you but the system does not tell us who posted the photo. You are only able to upload a tiny version of your photo which is unusable for photo retouching.
Also the upload function is a bit temperamental and your photos don’t always upload properly. Twice now I’ve seen a post where someone has tried to upload a photo that didn’t work and we have no idea who posted it to let them know we didn’t get it.
EVEN MORE IMPORTANT – If you want us to use your photo for one of our online lessons we need a high resolution copy of it, the bigger the better so that the quality is good enough for editing. The quality of the scan really helps too so if you can scan it at maximum resolution to capture the best quality detail.
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Having said all that, your photo will need to be no bigger than 5mb for you to email it to us. Follow the steps below to scan and resize your images in Photoshop.
1. When scanning set the resolution to 300dpi.
2. Leave the image dimensions at their normal size.
3. Scan at the highest quality your settings allow, even if its black and white choose full colour.
To resize your photo and make it suitable for us to do a good job ofretouching it, follow these steps in Photoshop once you have your image open.
1. Click on the ‘Image’ tab along the top of the screen and select ‘Image Size’ from the drop down menu
2. In the ‘Image Size’ dialogue box the first thing you will see is ‘Pixel Dimensions’. Make sure that the longest side of your image is set to 1100 px. Don’t worry about the document size.
3. Go to the ‘Resolution’ box and change it to 300 pixels per inch
4. Click Ok
5. Go to Save As under the ‘File’ tab and choose jpeg. (Do not use the ‘Save for Web’ option for saving your image in this case as it will save it for screen use only which is too small for retouching or printing.)
Your image should be the perfect size to email to us and it will now be big enough for us to retouch.
For those of you who go to the trouble of emailing your image and resizing it according to these instructions we will reward you with emailing back your retouched photo as a thankyou for letting us use your image for our lessons.
So not only will you get to work along with our instructions on your own original copy so you can learn how to retouch a photo yourself, but you will also get a decently retouched copy emailed to you that will be big enough for you to take and have printed.
It’s that simple and all it will cost you is the printing to have your treasured memory restored and help you learn to fix your own images in the future. How awesome is that??!!
But remember we can only use those images that are emailed to us and properly sized according to these instructions. If we get sent small resolution images we will not be able to help fix them.