Photo restoration is a combined form of art and technology involving many different tools, techniques and a professionally qualified expert. The most important element in fixing old photographs is the restoration software. With the advancement in technology, there are enormous tools available in the market. Specialized software not only does restore photos but enhance them as well.
There are regular photo restoring software and specialized software that are far more flexible, handy and adaptable. Some of them come for free too.
The most comprehensive digital photo restoring software is Photo Shop. There are numerous others like Adobe Photoshop Elements, Microsoft Digital Image, Microsoft Picture It, PhotoPlus 6.0, Pixmantec Rawshooter, and Gimp.
All types of software have their own unique features. Not all of us are professional artists to understand and use these tools, as they are. Naturally, one can choose particular software that suits ones requirements.
Photoshop offers more complex functions and so is the most expensive in the market. Due to its complexity, most learners or first time users may find their application difficult to use. Of course there are simpler and inexpensive versions of the same, say Photoshop Elements that come with less advanced features. Learners and those who are not tech savvy can benefit from these.
For those with moderate knowledge on the working systems, there are other software tools that are fully automated, while some are partly manual. Preferred ones are Photoshop Elements and Corel Paint Shop Pro, which provide all the elements required for intermediate users. Reasonably priced, both these software have wizards for all our needs. They have features similar to Photoshop and they also allow manual enhancements.
GIMP is free photo restoration software very powerful with advanced features and plugins. GIMP is built around the open source framework, allowing users to enhance the software. Also it is not user friendly, and difficult to install. Try using it. You can always remove it if it doesn’t suit you.
The best software is the one that suits your efficiency and provides tutorials/ wizards for your ease of use. The software available in the market provide free download for trial use though there are certain limitations. When satisfied with the results you can order the licensed version. Take into account user reviews as well, before selecting the one that suits your needs best.