Perfect your imperfections.
To remove other hard-to-edit scratches and marks that might have collected on your pictures over the years, you can use a slightly different retouching approach. Open your image in Photoshop and create a new layer to apply your edits. Depending on the type of corrections you want to make, use one of three tools to gussy it up:
Go with the reliable Spot Healing Brush tool.
The default healing mechanism of Photoshop is the Spot Healing Brush tool. Either heal the entire area you select or target specific values like size, hardness, and spacing, depending on what you are trying to adjust, to remove spots.
Paint precise corrections with the Clone Stamp tool.
This tool allows you to copy pixels from one area and paint over another area with those pixels. Hold the Alt key on Windows or the Option key on a Mac and click on the area you wish to copy, then paint your desired texture wherever it needs to go.
Hide large imperfections with the Content-Aware Patch.
Hold down the Spot Healing Brush to select the Patch tool, which you can use to cover larger objects, scratches, or marks. Choose the Content-Aware option under Patch, select the area you’d like to hide, and then draw your selection around the pixels you want to change. Drag it over to the area with the pixels you’d like to replace it with.
Photoshop is filled with helpful tools to make vintage or textured photos frame-worthy, no matter how long they’ve been gathering dust in the attic. Scan in some old favorites, dive into the past, and add a modern touch to your favorite sentimental images.