There are a whole host of photo-editing apps to help you clean up vintage prints, although most of the time everything you need is available in iPhoto. Simple crops and re-alignments are a breeze to implement using the Quick Fixes feature available in the app, although exposure settings are also available if you want to tweak the contrast or colour cast. Whatever the problem may be, it’s time to bring all of your old photos back to life. Follow the nine steps below to get a feel of how to make instant, on-the-spot repairs.
Import the image and hit the Edit button to access iPhoto’s editing options. If the orientation is incorrect, use the Rotate function to fix it.
Click the Straighten button next and use the slider on the right-hand side to rotate the image. A grid will appear to help you work out when to stop.
If there’s any sort of border surrounding the image, the Crop tool will help remove it. Set the pixel constraints and then drag the corners of the box.
Switch to the Adjust tab. Begin adjusting any unnatural colours using the Temperature slider at the bottom. Subtlety is key here, so go carefully.
Continue adjusting the colour of the image using the Tint slider. A negative figure will add more magenta, while a positive figure will add more green.
Old prints often lose their ability to show harsh blacks and brilliant whites. Restore some of this vibrance using the Exposure and Contrast sliders.
Look at the histogram. The two markers might not reach either end of the graph – if that’s the case, drag them out for a full tonal range.
Prints that have been handled before often pick up the odd blemish. Return to the Quick Fixes tab and use the Retouch button to cover them up.
Any further problems can be fixed using the Definition and Shadows sliders in the Adjust tab. These can be dramatic edits, so use them sparingly.
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