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Photo Restoration in Photoshop and Bringing Memories Back to Life

When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast last fall, I remember reading stories about the survivors (by chance I’d escaped it myself by just hours a week before) and one theme kept popping up – people facing great danger to retrieve their family photos. Brave survivors were running into hazardous buildings, fighting through rushing floods and putting their lives at risk to retrieve precious memories. Those photos were people’s most valued treasures, and the storm was damaging them the same way it damaged their homes and their lifestyles.

I needed a way to help. It was unbearable to see these victims fight to recover their most prized photographs, only to find them damaged by the storm. Knowing Photoshop’s tremendous power for retouching and restoration, I looked everywhere for tutorial  content to share, but nothing seemed right. I knew my background in photo restoration could be of use, and the solution seemed to be one that everyone could appreciate (we all have old, damaged photos – right?).

Luckily, the team at came to the rescue. They offered me one of their studios to record a video series about using the tools in Photoshop to recover photos. I wanted to make the series available to anyone for free, and their team absolutely understood that.

Bryan O'Neil Hughes tutorial

Starting today, is offering free access to my “Photoshop Insider Training: Photo Restoration” video series to anyone through the “Like to Learn” tab on their Facebook page. The series, which totals 25 videos and more than 70 minutes of footage, will take viewers through the entire photo restoration process, starting with the scanning/uploading process and ending with my own personal finishing touches. For a preview of the series, check out the clip below.

Throughout the series, I discuss the role Adobe Camera Raw plays in the restoration process, including tips on toning, coloring and cropping. You’ll learn how to use Photoshop to remove dust, scratches and other distracting blemishes. The series even covers correcting serious problems like tears, creases, stains and water damage.

Restoration before/after

To get started, go to the “Like to Learn” tab on the Facebook page. After that, you can watch the videos for free and get started restoring your memories.

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Great Great , I particularly have dificulties to work with Photoshop but it does not means it is no a great tool thaks guys for this giff I am amateur love photo but have not all the time I WILL LIKE TO HAVE

love you guys awesome stuff will use – my son’s is going to Nationals for hockey this week and hopefully to have a time by the 10th !

So great. Can anyone tell me how did he do that thing with the Spot Healing Brush? I tried it pressing alt + ctrl but didnt work for me.

    With a painting tool selected, Control + Option (Mac) – drag left/right in order to decrease/ increase brush size. Control + Option (Mac) – drag up/down to decrease/ increase brush hardness.

    On Windows, Control + Alt + Right Mouse -drag left right to decrease/ increase brush size and up/down decrease/ increase brush hardness.

    hope that helps!


Thank you very much Bryan :)

Merci beaucoup Bryan pour les conseils et pour les vidéo de Lynda;Ceas va mètre bien utile car je ne ces pas encore restaurer des photo ancienne !En vous remercient beaucoup .



a new very useful photoshop brush. thanks.

I followed the instructions. But a question ” how to save the finished photoshop”? Please help me….

thank you for give me a taring for Photoshop i like to la ran plz

Thank you so much for this.

Reporting a bug: The FB share button isn’t working as it is supposed to. On Clicking it, the “Post to Timeline” button gets cropped out and a user thus cannot share the article. Maybe the button needs a higher Z-Index in CSS or something likely.

What about the Certificate of that? can we also get the certificate?

I want to use adobe photo shop but i dont know any thing about using tools of photo shop. kindly tell me how i can use adobe photoshop or send me any link of video which containing method of using photoshop… Please

i am really

Thanks for this, I’ve just begun the long process of bringing back to life my parents wedding photos. Timely post for me!

woah! nice work, i think this will be a good time to spend while im on a vacation :)

more power photoshop! :* <3

I hope it will help me and other people to learn new and interesting things in photoshop!! :)

This is great thanks Bryan O’Neil and lynda for this tut.



thanks!!!! big big help!

Well, the provided information regarding the technique of restoration photo is extremely handy. From the provided tutorial I managed to add life to the old photographs of my grand parents. Thanks Bryan for sharing the valuable information.

Great restoration course. I’m a beginner in all this, can you tell me how to evaluate the photo, ie what can and cannot be done and when I’ve added/fixed what I can of a photo, when it would be considered done?


I’ve watched your series on about restoring photos and it’s wonderful. Well done!

restoration photo has become part and parcel of photography. You can change old looking photograph into completely new one. This helps in repairing old photographs.

where is the “Like to Learn” tab located?

Perfect effects, really nice!

has this free video viewing expired now?

Photoshop is a very great help in restoring the beauty of old photos, you can edit it anything you want. Old photo may seems to be more valuable and adorable if it is being restore, Check this video it may give you some idea about photo restoration:

perfect article, always love reading good writing.

Thank you very much Bryan, just saw your blog…… Like you, I enjoy retouching very much… Thanks for the info!

Hi Thrare,

My name is Rakesh Gurjar.

i have 5 year experience in photo restoration work.

I do color and density correction, contrast and saturation
enhancement, conversion to black
and white or sepia, cropping, deleting, or adding a person in images.

I also do removal of background objects, creases, dates, dust,
scratches, stains, blemishes, glass glare, red eye, and wrinkles. I
restore stained and water-damaged photographs. I also repair cracked

If you like to give me some sample work.
I will work on that and i will send it back to you.

If you need me you can contact me on :

i will be happy to work with you.

Thank you for your valuable time.

Thanks & Regards,

Thanks for the video series. I have watched certain videos several times. Love the content aware move tool. One question. I don’t know when to use a hard or soft brush. How does one decide?

Thank you for this information. I want to purchase Photoshop, but there are so many products I’m not sure which one I need. My main interest is scanning and restoring photos. Thank you for any suggestions. i have an IMAC.

Is this course no longer free? It states that it’s supposed to be free, but I have to join at a cost.

Great blog. Thanks for sharing from Photo restoration Dublin

thanks a lot for sharing and the movies. Now I can start to restore some old family pictures and be ready for nice Christmas presents!

Dear Bryan,

I cannot find the ‘like to learn’ tab on the facebook page.

Please could you tell me how to find your free course on photo restoration?

Many thanks for your help.

Robert Bellingford

I love Lynda – they are a goldmine of information and a great way to build skills. Restoration skills are just something we absolutely will always need, even if Lynda’s not offering the video it for free anymore.

Being a photo restorer myself, I use Lynda to brush up on new skills, learn new things. Great things they’re doing over there.

My main interest is scanning and restoring photos…

thank you

Some great content here. Thanks for sharing.

I cannot find the like to learn THANKS..

As other commenters, cannot see how to “like to learn” on The videos no longer appear to be freely accessible, but require a subscription to view them all. Very disappointed if this is the case.

who’s the man in the photo?




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