When it comes to photo restoration software there are specialized solutions on the market, although here’s my advice concerning software, a secret the specialized software companies doesn’t want you to know:
A regular photo editing software is far more versatile and powerful than a specialized photo repair software, and you can accomplish exactly the same results, if not better.
Best Photo Restoration Software(one of them is free!)
Adobe Photoshop is the number one photo editor on the market and has been so since it was first released in 1990. The latest version is Adobe Photoshop CS5 and costs $699(You can get it for $189.99 if you’re a student or teacher), but for good reason. A lot of development has gone into this product and it’s really powerful. Not everyone has a couple hundred dollars to spend though, so in many of my tutorials and videos I will be using the software below, GIMP, which is totally free. They share many common features
This is a free photo restoration software that is built around the open source framework, which means volunteering users themselves improve the software. When you get the hang of GIMP you’ll be able to accomplish anything that you can do with Photoshop, although in some cases it might take a little more effort from your part. I will teach you many neat shortcuts though.
Photoshop Elements is a simpler version of Photoshop that is very popular. All the basic functions that we will use in Photoshop you’ll also find in Photoshop Elements, although you might miss out on some of the more advanced features. You can get Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 for $79.99. If you have Photoshop Elements you will still be able to follow the tutorials fairly well.
There is another software that will give you mind blowing results with your photo restorations, but I’m saving that tip for the students of Photo Restoration School. No matter which photo restoration software you prefer you’ll find that the principles of photo restoration are universal and features are pretty similar in all software.
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