Digital Toolbox: How to Fix Spots, Dust, Tears, and Scratches

Revive your banged-up old black-and-white prints with a good scan and easy Photoshopping.

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Don't let the ravages of time destroy your old pictures: Make good scans of the damaged photos, then repair dust, scratches, and fading in Adobe Photoshop.

Click here, or on the photo to launch Debbie's step-by-step instructions on digitally restoring old photos.

To see more of Debbie's Photoshop tips, check out her Dear Debbie blog.

Quick tips

• While you're healing the scratches, you'll find it easier to navigate if you use keyboard shortcuts. Zoom in and out by hitting Ctrl (Command on a Mac) and the plus sign or Ctrl (Command) and the minus sign. Move around in the picture by holding down the spacebar to get the Hand tool when you need it.

• Want to fix a faded color photo? Your scanner may do a better job automatically than you could do in Photoshop. Click here to see the October 2005 Digital Toolbox: Restoration Hardware column that shows you how to do it.

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