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Fixing Problems with Your Photos

Most photo editing programs provide you a variety of tools you can use to fix problem photos. These include:

  • Automatic corrections for color, exposure, contrast. These can work quite well with photos that are dark with no light areas.
  • Manual corrections for color, exposure, and contrast such as Hue-Saturation, Levels, and Contrast/Brightness. The best way to apply these corrections, if you use recent editions of Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Corel Paint Shop Pro, is with Adjustment Layers. You can also make these corrections with Windows Live Photo Gallery.
  • Overexposed photos are among the hardest problems to fix. However, as long there’s some detail in the lighter photos, you can use most versions of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements to repair the problem by creating a duplicate layer and using the Multiply option to build up image density.

If you have traditional photos with color spots, cracks, lines, and dust you will need to use other methods to repair these problems. If you scan your photos using the Digital ICE feature in some scanners, you can remove most cracks, lines, and dust. However, you might need to copy undamaged areas of the photo over undamaged areas or use a mask to highlight only damaged areas of the photo for color correction or other repairs. If you don’t want to perform these repairs yourself, you can use photo restoration services. See this Bing search for photo restoration tips and services.

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