Last year I undertook the task of scanning old family photos into the computer and saving them in high-resolution jpeg format. The purpose was to have a backup digital copy in case the original deteriorated or was lost. Also by having a digital copy, I could use Photoshop to retouch the photos, removing as much of flaws (white specks, faded edges, rips, etc.) as I could.
I have been retouching old family photos on an occasional basis. I have already retouched photos of my great-great uncle, Thomas McGann in his World War I uniform and my great-great uncle, Matthew J. Dailey when he served on the Boston Police Department around the turn of the century.
The latest photo I retouched is my great-great uncle, Patrick McGann, who served as a Brother in the Catholic Church.
Here is the original:
And here is the retouched version: