Smooth it out.
If you’ve ever scanned old black-and-white photos, you’ve seen the honeycomb pattern that often shows up on images. This paper texture appears because of the silk finish on old photos. While some editing methods — like the Despeckle filter and the Gaussian Blur blend modes — can smooth out the image, it can come at the cost of obscuring details. But with the right editing tools, you can quickly remove textures from older images while keeping more of the image intact.
Bring your photo collection into the modern era.
Age, in the form of marks and print photo textures, often shows on older photos, and when you scan them in, they will show up on the digital file, too. But you can remove unwanted elements with editing tools in Adobe Photoshop.
Noise in photography is another term for texture. Noise reduction, which removes grain and background pattern from images, is important for modernizing scanned photos. You can get rid of that vintage grain effect, add some color, darken your image with a transparent overlay, or smooth out scratches and other imperfections that may have popped up over the years or exist due to more antiquated photography and development methods.
Keep it clean with nondestructive edits.
How to remove texture from old photos.
Try other modes for texture removal.
Mask to selectively re-sharpen.
Find the blur for you.
There are a number of blur modes that can smooth out images to remove textures. Blur, Blur More, and Lens Blur all keep subjects in focus while obscuring background details. The Surface Blur filter preserves edges while blurring an image.
Go to Filters and select the blur you want. A new dialog box will appear with sliders for any additional adjustments. Start with low numbers and then slide to the right, until the tool is blurring only as much of the unwanted texture as necessary.
Perfect your imperfections.
Go with the reliable Spot Healing Brush tool.
Paint precise corrections with the Clone Stamp tool.
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.
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