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Touching Up an Old Family Photo

This is the original old Christmas dinner photo. My brother is on the left. I'm on the right and our parents are behind us. 
I don't have Photoshop because it's a bit too expensive for what I'd use it for. I never learned too much about how to use the free GIMP.  So what I did was to use the photo editing tool that came with Windows 10,  and a few on line free editing programs like Paint.net, Fotojet and BeFunky. I used them one after the other and it works.

First I cropped the photo to eliminate some of the image 
that I didn't want and make it sort of a portrait.

Next I tried removing the old white specks that developed over the years.  
I removed a great many of them, not perfect but very good. I also filtered in a sort of sepia color. 
It helped hide the white spots and give the photo a warmer look.

Finally I used a function to make it into a portrait shape. 

I wanted to frame it as a 5x7 but the photo printing site said it would not be clear enough.  The 4x6 size would also not be clear enough but I'll take a chance on it. 


8 comments:

  1. It's such a lovely photograph.

    All the best Jan

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  3. What a great job you did! Your Mom's smile could sure light up a room!

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  4. You did an amazing job. What a wonderful image to have!

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  5. What a great photo and yes, you did a very good job on it!

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  6. It always amazes me what photo editing tools can do for a photo. You'd think the original would be unchangeable, but that's not how it works.

    You are your brother have such sweet little faces. And your mom's smile - beautiful!

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  7. this post touched my heart dear John!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    your parents made a wonderful couple
    loved the delightful smile of your dear mom,such a lovely lady with kind decent face!

    you and your cute little brother look so adorable and sweet!
    you got very intelligent eyes .

    loved the way you turned this precious image in portrait

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  8. Your parents passed on their good looks to their sons. You did a good job with the editing.

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