Photo restoration

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Before and after composite on a restoration of a 1911 portrait of baseball player Ed Walsh.

Photo restoration is the practice of restoring a photograph which has been damaged by natural, man made, or environmental causes or simply affected by age or neglect.

Digital photo restoration[edit]

Digital photo restoration uses a variety of image editing techniques to remove visible damage and aging effects from photographs. Raster graphics editors (see list below) are typically used to repair the images and add to a photo where pieces are torn or missing. Dirt, scratches, and other signs of photographic age are removed from the photograph manually, by painting over them meticulously. Unwanted color casts are removed and the image's contrast or sharpening may be altered in an attempt to restore some of the contrast range or detail that is believed to be in the original image.

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Example of the digital image restoration of a severely water and mildew damaged 5x7 inch glass photographic plate of the Golder Gate in San Francisco, California, taken about 1895 from "Land's End" in Lincoln Park on the Northwest tip of the San Francisco Peninsula.
An example of digital image reconstruction and restoration of the image "Doi călușari "

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