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# Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Free and Low-Cost Software to Retouch Damaged Family Photos
Posted by Diane



If you're looking to scan and digitally repair old, faded and torn family photos, we have a webinar coming up that'll show you how to do it.

But first, you'll need photo-editing software so you can make the repairs. Good news: You can find good software for free.

See what photo-editing software might be already on your computer. Windows Live Photo Gallery, for example, lets you do basic retouching and adjust exposure and color. 

If you want to see what else is out there, look for free photo-editing software you can download. According to Gizmodo, Adobe is giving away an older version of its Photoshop software along with the Adobe Creative Suite (CS) 2. This version is suitable for most genealogy needs with tools such as Clone, Brightness/Contrast, and color balance. You do have to sign up for an Adobe account to download it, and Macs will need OSX 10.2.8 to 10.3.8, or the "translator" program Rosetta
Update: Unfortunately, it sounds like this offer is only for previous Photoshop owners. Thanks to the commenters who created an Adobe account, made this discovery and reported back here. (One also recommended Irfanview.)
Want other options for retouching old photos? Gizmodo lists 10 free photo-editors here. One of them is Google's Picasa, which we used for our step-by-step guide to fixing faded, spotted and creased pictures and for the photo above.

A relatively low-cost photo-editing software option that gives you a lot of functionality is Photoshop Elements, a "light" version of Photoshop.

Our Photo-Editing and Retouching for Genealogists webinar, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. PT) will show you what apps and programs are available for photo-editing on your computer and mobile device, how to retouch photos, and more. Check it out in ShopFamilyTree.com.


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 1:25:24 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [8]
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 4:42:57 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Don't forget about this one.

(Also -- I believe the CS2 is really just a link for prior owners to simply re-download the software...)
John H
Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:32:21 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Thanks! GIMP is No. 1 on the Gizmodo list of 10.
Diane
Thursday, January 30, 2014 3:39:51 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
FYI, Rosetta on the Macs is VERY old and is not supported any more and as such, we need to assume it won't be usable any more. (After 10.6, it goes away.)
Michael T
Thursday, January 30, 2014 4:19:48 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
According to Adobe they are NOT giving CS2 away, this was only a convince to licensed users. See:
http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2013/01/update-on-cs2-and-acrobat-7-activation-servers.html
John C
Friday, January 31, 2014 2:11:08 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I left a note here yesterday & it wasn't posted. Wanting to try again.

Hello Diane,

I went to the Adobe site to give CS2 a try & after I created an account with Adobe, which, by the way, I can't close, on the very last page it was made clear that the download was only for previous owners of the software. Additionally, it stated that the software would not work on the newer operating systems, such as Windows 7 & 8. It seems like it would have been better to state that BEFORE someone created an account, unless part of the goal was to get your personal info. for marketing purposes. I wish I had seen "John H."'s post before I tried to download the software.

Lastly, there is a photo editor called Irfan View which is really very good... & it's free! It has a few more bells & whistles that most folks won't use, but all the basics are there & it's easy to use. [FYI. I'm not affiliated with Irfan View in any way :)]

Happy Hunting,

JP
JP Lane
Friday, January 31, 2014 10:32:20 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Thanks for the info on the Adobe offer. Disappointing. I'll update the post.
Diane
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 7:23:53 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hello Diane,

I wanted to share with you another great photo editing software package that is free and will do most if not more than Photoshop!

It is Paint.net (http://www.getpaint.net/index.html). Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.
Evan Suggs
Sunday, March 23, 2014 10:17:44 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hello Diane,thanks for your sharing.

And I need to say, Obd2life is a professional online obd2 supplier. It provides high-quality OBD2 Scanners,Launch X431 Scanners,Odometer Correction Tools,Car Code Readers and ECU Tuning Tools with competitive prices.
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