While modern photography is all about megapixels, aperture and ISO settings, it’s not always been so easy to get such fantastic pictures. If you have a lot of old photographs at home that are currently only in hard copy, you can scan these into your Mac and fix them up a little in iPhoto to give them a whole new lease of life. This works fantastically well with both black and white and old colour photos, with options that complement each kind of snap.
Removing blemishes in the photo itself or just playing with the colours can offer incredible results thanks to iPhoto’s powerful editing tools, and the range on offer allows you to improve your photo no matter what the problem is. Follow our tutorial to get the best possible results for your images.
You can scan your image into the Mac and save it as a .jpeg, then drag the file onto the iPhoto icon in your Dock to open the image with that application.
Use the rotate tool if your image is at the wrong angle. If you hold down the Alt key while you do this, the Rotate option will swap to clockwise.
If the image you’re editing is supposed to be black and white, you can level out the colours with a click. This will remove coloured marks, too.
Next, use the straighten tool if your imported scan isn’t aligned properly – this is an easy mistake to make on most scanners, but it’s simple to fix.
The edges of our image here are a little blemished, so we can use the crop tool to remove them and focus a little more on the action in the shot.
Now it’s time to remove any extra blemishes, like the signature. Open the Retouch panel and drag the slider to select the size of brush that you need.
Use the slider in the bottom-left, to zoom in on your image. Then, brush over the blemishes to remove them. If you go wrong, just hit the undo button.
Make your image sharper in the Adjust section by dragging the slider across. Be careful, though – too much sharpness will add lots of ‘noise’ to your image.
If you want to remove some of this noise you can use the De-noise slider below, but too much of this will make your image blurry. It’s all about balance.
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