Photo editing program to use for b&w photo

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by yomibro, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. yomibro macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2008
    I have a black and white picture taken around the 1930's of my grandfather which I would like to edit, the picture is probably a copy of a copy so it's pretty grainy and a lot of detail has been lost already not to mention that a past family member also used a pen/marker to highlight some details at one point in time.

    Can anyone recommend a photo editing program that I can use to improve the picture details/quality and possibly even try to convert it to color? Will something like Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 do the trick? Tried using iPhoto but there isn't really that much options to play with for what I am looking for.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
  2. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Photoshop Elements 6 will indeed be helpful as it is kind of aimed in that direction (at least when compared with the full Photoshop CS3). Assuming you have a decent quality scanner to grab the image in the first place you should be able to help it out quite a bit! :)

    You will certainly be able to do a LOT more than working with it in iPhoto even thought the editing tools in iPhoto have improved a lot in the latest version.

    There are a lot of tutorials on the web regarding old photo restoration, so some research there would probably be helpful- and PS Elements 6 should give you the tools to accomplish the restoration/enhancement. If something doesn't work, then revert and try it again!

    Also google "photo colorizing" or similar to find a lot of tutorials on that as well.

    One last thought- you might want to consider the free open source image editing program GIMP which has come a long way over time. You can check it out at but personally I would rather use PS Elements 6.
  3. yomibro thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2008
    Thanks, I'll give Gimp a try and see how it works out.

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