Salvage Old Photos – Class Begins July 23, 2018

salvage old photos class

Save Your Old, Damaged Photos

Beginning July 23, 2018, I’m teaching Photo Editing for Genealogists for Family Tree University. If you have a box (or boxes) filled with old damaged or faded images, sign up today and learn how to bring them back to life.

(For those of you with 1960s or 70s yellow-cast photos, I’ll teach you a simple trick to bring back the real color – see below)

bring back realistic color

“For genealogists, our family photos are a precious resource, and yet we have to contend with the less-than-optimal conditions they’ve been kept in. You can correct yellowed, darkened, or faded photos, torn corners, scratches, and other signs of age, thanks to the wonders of modern technology. In this workshop, you’ll get plenty of tips and examples for improving your old photos, as well as hands-on experience to learn how to restore your family photos using basic online and digital editing tools. By the end of the week, you’ll have restored at least one old photo and have the knowledge and skill-base to tackle your entire collection with confidence.

“This course exceeded my expectations. I came away with practical tips, many new resources to try out, and a new comfort level with photo editing apps I never knew about before.”– P.W

In this course, you’ll learn:

  • Tips for safely scanning and digitizing your old photos to make them easy to work with
  • How to correct common problems that arise, from working with fragile photos to correcting color and healing damage
  • How to enhance your composition with cropping
  • Step-by-step editing that will turn dull, boring photos into vibrant memories
  • How to use specific photo editing tools, from free photo apps to Photoshop Elements and PicMonkey
  • How to turn your old photos into works of art”

Register Today! See you in class!


I receive several requests a day for assistance with genealogy research. If you would like to receive research pricing information please contact me using the Contact link at the top of the page. I look forward to working with you.

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  1. Dear Nancy,
    If the weather is agreeable for painting, we’ll be a mom’s; however, if it is nasty weather, I’ll check in on your class.

  2. Nancy,

    I won’t be able to attend your class, but I did want to say that a while back I had a bright idea (yeah right) to scan a tintype. It was a particularly important picture of my grandmother with he brothers and sisters when they were young children. DO NOT EVER SCAN A TINTYPE!. The bright light (I suppose) in the scanner faded the picture so badly that I can hardly make out any of the images. I was just sick. I never knew her; she died many years before I was born and the only other picture I have of her is as a young woman. I stopped by a photo place that claims to be able to reclaim old photos. The young man who runs the shop did not know what a tintype was. So much for all my bright ideas.

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