The Soldier’s Goodbye – a 10 step photo restoration

Restoring old photos is a rewarding pastime. I love seeing beautiful, tired old pictures emerging alive and sparkling from the restoration process. It’s always my aim to maintain the original feel of the photo. To me, this means making appear as it would have done either when it was new, or if it had appeared in an ideal world.

Today’s tutorial is a brief introduction into the world of restoration. There are of course countless techniques depending on the photo, editing software, and the preferences of the artist performing the restoration.

As a practice piece, this charming, but rather sad photo caught my eye in the Flickr Commons.

(The Commons are a great resource for practice photos, inspiration, history, and so much more. It’s always worth browsing when you get the chance.)

It’s just a little faded from age, rather than severely damaged. Perfect for a quick freshening up to bring it back to its former glory.

Keep reading to find out how…>

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