As you can see from my previous blog posts I love old photographs. I also love trying to get them returned to their families – and I’ve had some success with that. But sometimes a photo has been mistreated and needs a little digital TLC. I thought I’d give Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 10 a try. Excitedly, I bought the program – and gave it a try. Whoa, Nellie. It was not intuitive. I had no idea what I was doing. I was frustrated. I watched their training videos. I watched some YouTube videos. I still didn’t understand the program. I hated it, in fact, I loathed it. Not being a quitter, I took a night class at the local regional high school. Nine hours of training helped, a little. I played with the program from time to time without much success and finally decided to take another class. This one was more in depth – about 24 total hours of training over the course of 6 weeks. And although I am far from being an expert – I did get better at the things that I want to do, which is restore old photos.
Here are the before and afters of my most recent attempts:
(Photo courtesy of Shari Reif)
(Photo courtesy of Sharon Varnum Sergeant)
(Photo courtesy of Pam Roach)
I hope to get better over time and I’ll continue to practice. But I am having a blast and I love Photoshop Elements 10. There, I said it, I. LOVE. PHOTOSHOP.
PS – Here’s my next project – a picture of my Dad during World War II:
Wish me luck. I’ll keep you posted on the results!