Photo Restoration with PicMonkey

Photo Restoration with PicMonkey

There’s something extra special about looking at family photos from back in the day. Isn’t it a bummer when they’re all torn, faded, and damaged? Well, we have some phenomenal news for you: you can fix ‘em up with PicMonkey. Preserve your precious photos and say goodbye to creases, cracks, rips, and water damage. Photo restoration is a quick and fun process. Here’s what you need to know:

Scan your photos

First thing’s first: find a photo you love and scan it to your computer. If it’s a PDF, remember to convert it on over to a JPEG. You can convert it here. When it’s ready-freddy, drag it into PicMonkey’s homepage or open it up in the Editor.

Say “hello” to Clone

Clone is everything when it comes to restoring photos. It can help you remove a scratch by painting the scratch over with pixels from an undamaged part of your image: just select a part of the photo that is in good condition and spread the love. Move the dotted circle (your source, or, the starting point for your clone-a-thon) to the part you’d like to clone, click, and then use the solid circle to paint over those less-than-stellar areas.

“Whoa, why can I still see the dotted circle?” That’s the tool showing you where you’re cloning from! Clone is dynamic, which means that as you move your cursor, the area being copied moves with you.

To learn more about the Clone Tool, check out these resources:

Tutorial: Clone Tool
7 Ways Clone Will Save Your Day

Touch Up

Touch Up is an uuuber important part of adding color and life to your faded image. Eye Brighten puts back the light in your eyes along with enhancing the color. And adding some Spray Tan doesn’t necessarily mean adding an actual spray tan. (Unless you want to, of course.) But applying a tan on your subject—and lowering the intensity— can make their skin look less faded. Try it out!

Apply Effects

PicMonkey Effects add a nice touch to all photos … even vintage ones! When you’re done editing out scratches and bends, hover on over to Effects and pick one that you like. You can apply multiple effects if you wish— it’s actually encouraged. And remember, play around with the Fade slider until your effect looks juuuust right.

Happy restoring!

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Fabiola Landa
Fabiola Landa is a social media marketer here at PicMonkey. When she's not creating wonders on, she's probably traveling, at the beach, or taking pictures somewhere.