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Jan 5, 2013

How to retouch and restore old photos in iPhoto – Tutorial

by Stephen Ashby

Make old photos look fantastic with a few iPhoto tweaks on your Mac

How to retouch and restore old photos in iPhoto - TutorialHow to retouch and restore old photos in iPhoto - TutorialWhile 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.How to retouch and restore old photos in iPhoto - Tutorial

How to retouch and restore old photos in iPhoto - Tutorial1: Scan and import

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.

How to retouch and restore old photos in iPhoto - Tutorial2: Rotate

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.

How to retouch and restore old photos in iPhoto - Tutorial3: Colour options

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.

How to retouch and restore old photos in iPhoto - Tutorial4: Straighten it up

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.

How to retouch and restore old photos in iPhoto - Tutorial5: Crop

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.

How to retouch and restore old photos in iPhoto - Tutorial6: Brush size

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.

How to retouch and restore old photos in iPhoto - Tutorial7: Zoom and brush

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.

How to retouch and restore old photos in iPhoto - Tutorial8: Sharpen it up

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.

How to retouch and restore old photos in iPhoto - Tutorial9: Final adjustments

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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