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This GIMP (GNU) tutorial explains how to repair ripped and damaged photographs. To work along, you are welcome to download the Start Image I am working with HereUnzip the file and open the image onto GIMP’s workspace.

Repairing photographs is not a precise science. Undoubtedly, you will require considerable patience and lots of time. Additionally, individual photographs have different needs, and require different filters and commands. This type of photo editing cannot be rushed. For a good result, it’s important to give yourself plenty of time, and to take a break as soon as you feel eyestrain. In addition, remember save your work (
as a XCF File) regularly.

Note
An important point to bear in mind is there is no right, or wrong way, of rescuing photographs. My lesson demonstrates the steps I took for my image, and the exact steps may not be appropriate for your image. Therefore, for personal results, it’s important to experiment with GIMP’s photo enhancing filters and commands.

Notes
You can quickly Undo a step at any time by pressing Ctrl then Z. Alternatively, click a previous Undo History snapshot - Windows then Dockable Dialogues then click Undo History. In addition, to Zoom in (or Zoom out) of your image; from the top menu choose View then select a Zoom Tool from
the subsequent drop-down list.

Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes

The Clone Tool
The Eraser Tool
The Healing Tool
The Smudge Tool
The Free Select Tool
The Dodge and Burn Tools
The Crop And Rotate Tools

Sharpen Images
Apply A Simple Border

1/
If necessary Scan, then open your choice of Start Image onto GIMP’s workspace - File then Open - Ctrl then O.

Duplicate Your Image
It’s important to preserve your original image: therefore, Duplicate your image; Ctrl then D - (Image then Duplicate). Now, close the original image, and work on the Duplicated image.

Note
Ensure the Layers and the Undo History Palettes are visible, and then drag them into position over your workspace - (Windows then Dockable Dialogues - then click Layers and Undo History).



2/ Despeckle
Then from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Enhance and then choose Despeckle. And from the subsequent Despeckle dialogue box, enter the following settings, and then click OK.

       

3/ Adjust The Levels
Now, from the top menu, choose Colours and then choose Levels. And from the subsequent Levels dialogue box, drag the Grey Point (Gamma) and the White Point Sliders to the following positions, and then click OK.
 




4/ Adjust Hue And Saturation
Then from the top menu, choose Colours and then choose Hue-Saturation. And from the subsequent Hue-Saturation dialogue box, adjust the Hue and Saturation sliders until you are happy with the result, and then click OK.
 




5/ Grain, Or No Grain?
Grain can be an integral part of vintage photographs, and removing, (smoothing it), can compromise the photograph’s authenticity. Therefore, if, after retouching your image, it appears too smooth, it is very easy to add noise, to emulate grain.

Add Film Grain (Optional)
To add grain, from the top menu choose Filters then choose Noise then choose HSV Noise. And from the subsequent HSV Noise dialogue box, enter the following settings, or experiment, and then click OK.

Note
Settings are dependant upon your image’s
Resolution, and the look you are seeking.

     

Tip
Now is a good time to save your work as a
GIMP XCF File.

6/
Congratulations, you have successfully adjusted your image’s colour tones, and it’s time to repair and any blend tears or stains, and to replace missing pixel data using my on-line GIMP tutorials below. Remember, the best tool is experienceTherefore, experiment with the Filters and Commands I have mentioned in this tutorial, (as well as all GIMP’s photographic Tools), until you are satisfied with the result.

There are limitations as to what can be achieved, if parts of your image are badly faded, it is advisable to simply Crop away the areas using the
Crop Tool.

The Clone Tool
The Eraser Tool
The Healing Tool
The Smudge Tool
The Free Select Tool
The Dodge and Burn Tools
The Crop And Rotate Tools

Sharpen Images
Apply A Simple Border

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Now you are familiar with this technique, you can, with time and patience, repair precious, time-damaged and ripped photographs.


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