Everyone has them – old photos or negatives that are faded, shoved in drawers, scratched, or damaged. Fortunately, they can be restored!
One of the problems with this photo is the contrast – there are no absolute blacks and whites, and the women’s facial features are blown out. There are a few stains and some black specks.
I began by using Levels to adjust the intensity of the image’s shadows, highlights and midtones. The Rubber Stamp Tool erased the stains and specks.
The last step was duplicating the layer and playing with the blending and opacity modes for the layer. A complete transformation!