Chapter 13

Editing Vintage Photos


Chapter Goals

This chapter covers some editing tasks you might use when restoring old or damaged photos. In this chapter, I cover the following topics:

  • Restoring photos

  • Color grading vintage photos

  • Adding vignettes and frames

  • Creating a “vintage” photo

You may have relatives who have—or you yourself may have—old photos taken in the film days. You may have 35mm slides, prints, or Polaroids taken years ago. Perhaps they were thrown in a box and have been crumpled up with a Howdy Doody marionette or an old Post Toasties box.

The old photos may have been shot with poor exposures or maybe they faded over the ...

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