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How to Repair a Photograph

    • 1). Scan and save the picture to your computer.

    • 2). Open Adobe Photoshop.

    • 3). Open the file containing the picture you would like to restore within Photoshop. To do this, click the "File" button located at the top right corner and a drop-down menu will appear. From the drop-down menu, select "Open." The picture will appear in the center of the screen. Don't get overwhelmed by all the options.

    • 4). Locate the flawed and damaged spots on the photo. Look closely at the damaged areas to identify what they're supposed to look like without the damage.

    • 5). Click the "Healing Brush" icon, which resembles a bandage. This icon is located in the column farthest to the left and fourth row from the top.

    • 6). Decide what flaw you want to fix first. Click on a texture within the picture that matches the original color of the damaged area you wish to restore. This will allow the healing tool to clone that area so you can insert it somewhere else on the picture. When the healing tool inserts the clone, it will also smooth it out to blend in the color, giving it a natural look. For example, if you have a big crack in one area on a picture of a red car, you would use the healing tool to copy an unharmed portion of the car to fill in the damage.

    • 7). Place the mouse over the area that needs to be restored, then click and hold the mouse button down while moving it over the entire damaged area. If you do not have a steady enough hand, you can place the mouse over the damaged area and click on each little portion of the flawed surface until you have restored it all.

    • 8). Continue steps 6 and 7 until the picture is completely repaired.

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