Restore a Faded Black-and-White Photo in Adobe Photoshop


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Fixing a faded black-and-white photo

Fading is one of the most common types of damage to old photographs. Faded photos are very intimidating, especially when the fading is very pronounced. The good news is they're usually easier to fix than they look. Just a click or two can make a really dramatic difference. I use this photo of my grandfather a lot while demonstrating how to fix fading, because the change is so dramatic. I've heard so many people say there was virtually nothing left to fix. And if you can believe it, it looks worse in person. We're going to try to bring this photo back out by using Curves.

Go down to the bottom of the Layers panel to this half-black half-white circle, and click it, and go to Curves. Go to your black eyedropper and try to access the darkest part of your image. That can be really hard when it's very faded, but you can see his pants down here are dark, so we'll click on that, and look at how dramatic that just one click was. Now go up to your white eyedropper, and let's...

Fixing a faded black-and-white photo
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Fixing a faded black-and-white photo provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Janine Smith as part of the Photo Restoration with Photoshop

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