Fun with Photos

Using free tools and websites, you can often make old photos amazing.  The above photo is from the Pekin Booster Club which was organized and operated until World War I.  My grandmother, Matilda Heckman Veerman is in the front row.  The improvements are more pronounced in the close up below.

1) Scan your photo using a resolution of at least 600 dpi.  Many libraries have them for free, my Epson V39 scanner was $110 at OfficeDepot.

2) Set up a free account at myheritage.com.  I really had to look to find the free account sign up (everything else was for “Free Trial”.  An absolutely free account is available at myheritage.com.  The first screen will ask you to sign up for a trial.  Click on the login button and the screen will change with a link at the bottom to “Sign up for free”.  Do this and create a free account to acess the free photo tools.

3) Open the photo tools and enhance the photo.  This sharpen the image and remove some spot of dust or mold.  Download the enhanced .jpg file and save it as a version of the original.  I save my photos at different stages as photo 1.jpg, photo 2.jpg, etc.

4) After enhancement, colorize the photo.  Download the colorized photo and save it.  Looks pretty good doesn’t it?  But you can make it look better.

7) Find the colorized photo in Windows explorer.  Select it, Right Click it, and Open with Photos. 

8) Use the Healing Tool to remove blemishes that were not taken care of by MyHeritage.