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How to Restore Old Photographs by Yourself

Don’t you just love thumbing through old photo albums and marvel at the people and places the pictures show? Your family photo archive is a treasured and important thing, but it is also immeasurably fragile. Old pictures crack, crumble, and fade. Nothing lasts forever and there is nothing you can do about it. Or is there?

how to restore old photographs by yourself

Good news – there are ways to save your family archive. And even better news – you can restore old photos yourself. Let’s have a look at how it’s done.

Brush off the dirt

Put on rubber gloves so that you don’t leave fingerprints or grease stains on the photo. Then, use a soft brush to clean off any dirt or sand from your picture. Work carefully and make sure you don’t scratch the pic. Then, rinse it under running water and leave the photo to dry in a dark place.

Use mending tape

Repair old and torn photos with an acid-free adhesive tape. Lay your picture face down and secure tears with small cuts of the tape. It is absolutely vital that you do not use an acid-based adhesive tape to mend the rips because acid damages the paper.

Straighten your pics

If your photo has curled edges, put it into an improvised humidification chamber. Just take an old plastic bin and fill it with room temperature water. Then, place a wire rack inside and put your picture on it. Make sure that the water does not touch the pic. Close the bin and leave the picture inside for a few hours. Once you notice that the picture has uncurled, take it out. Then, put a weight on the picture (but first cover it with paper) and wait till it dries.

Separate pictures stuck together

Sometimes you cannot restore photographs until you pull them apart.This is how you do it. Pour distilled water into a container and submerge your pics face up. Let them soak for half an hour, then try sliding the photos apart. Then, lay the pics face up to dry. Place a weight on the photos to prevent them from curling.

If you think that restoring old pictures requires too many skills and you are not fit to do it yourself, you can always use professional help. Nowadays, there are tons of specialized services that repair old and damaged images, giving them a new lease on life. However, these services are never cheap.

DIY Photo Restoration

But don’t give up just yet. If you can’t repair the pictures physically, you can always do it digitally. All you need is a bit of your time and a convenient program. Go with PhotoGlory, photo restoration software that is both powerful and easy to use. With it, you can fix minor and major defects like rips, stains, and cracks, boost faded colors, and even colorize black and white images in a single click.

So now you know how to save your fragile old photos. So take your family archive and breathe new life into it using our tips.

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