Genealogy Photo Editing, Care and Repair
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Genealogy Photo Editing, Care and Repair

Photo & Document Preservation, Repair, Scanning & Editing: Edit Your Old Photos and Give Them New Life
4.8 (3 ratings)
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Created by Michele Boyer
Last updated 11/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Store photos and documents using the right packaging and storage materials
  • Preserve their photos and documents from the elements
  • Know how to scan photos and documents for the best quality image
  • Save scanned photos and documents to the best formats for their intended use
  • Understand formats, dpi, resolution, and file size
  • Know how to edit and repair the most common types of damage to old photos and documents
  • Turn faded photos into bright black & whites or sepia pictures
  • Repair cracks, stains, and blotches
  • Make a photocopy look almost like a photo
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  • You will need a computer that can run basic photo editing software
  • You will learn about software (for PC or Mac) and can download freeware or purchase a program after the course starts
  • You will need access to a scanner or camera to make copies of your photos
  • You will need to know how to install an image editing software program, how to save documents and find them when you need them

Genealogy Photo Editing, Care and Repair is a course designed for genealogists who want to learn how to repair or preserve old photos and documents. You'll learn the most common kinds of damage to expect, and how to stop the progression. You'll learn about storage materials, what to use and what can cause further damage. And you'll also learn some easy techniques to repair digital copies of your photos and documents, and make them look like new.

Environment is one of the biggest causes of damage, and you'll learn why the basement or attic is the worst choice for storing your fragile paper items.

Before we can begin repairing and editing your photos or documents, you will need to digitize them. You'll learn how to use a scanner, camera, smartphone or hand-held scanner for digitizing.

Then you'll need some image editing software to repair the damage to your digitized images. We'll review some different software packages, and you'll get links to several. Some are freeware and some paid. You can download the freeware, or demos of the paid versions, and use them for this course.

With these tools you'll be ready to start repairing your photos. There are tutorials to show you how to make different corrections and which tools to use. The course includes several images that you can practice on until you learn to use the editing tools and are confident enough work on your own photos.

As usual, my courses come with a detailed textbook that contains all of the links I refer to, and other downloads that you can use for the exercises or further study.

Sign up above, and I'll see you in class.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who works with old, fragile documents and photos that have sentimental or monetary value
  • You'll need some sort of scanner or camera to make a working copy of your photo or document
  • You'll need a hundred or more megabytes of disc storage for the digitally scanned documents you'll create
  • You are trying to preserve, scan, repair or edit your photos and documents
  • You want to learn some editing techniques that make your photos look new
  • You want to learn the best scanning settings to use
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
Introduction to Genealogy Photo Care and Repair
2 Lectures 01:43

I introduce the topics the course covers and a brief "tour" of the course site and features.

Preview 01:32

This lecture is simply to download your course textbook, which contains all of the links I reference in the course.

L2-Textbook download
Gene Photo Scanning and Preservation
4 Lectures 37:10

Learn what causes damage to your photos and how to prevent this from happening; some methods of treating damage; storage methods; types of archival materials; temperatures and relative humidity for storing different photo items, and more about preserving and caring for your photographs, negatives, film, transparencies, slides, and documents.

L3-Preserving Documents & Photos

These resources cover beyond the scope of this course, but there are many things you might find useful. Some of these links discuss topics that are covered in this course in more detail or for other uses.

L4-Resources - Additional Reading

All about scanning and scanners, formats (tif, raw, png, psd, jpg, gif,) resolution (dpi or dots per inch) and why the monitor image doesn't match the printed image size. You'll learn scanner settings, save procedures, and what format to save inn work in and store in.

L5-Photo Scanning & Archiving

Practice activities to help reinforce what is covered in Section 2.

L6-Sect 2 assignments found in textbook
Genealogy Photo Editors
3 Lectures 08:36

You'll need a photo editor for this course. Some are free, some paid. So, before you commit to paying for one, learn what you need and how to compare software.

Preview 05:10

This lecture simply presents a list of image editing software, and instructs you to visit the websites and compare these program, then choose one to use for the rest of the course. Some are freeware, some are demos, and others are paid.

L8-Mac & PC Photo Editors

You'll evaluate the image editing software presented and choose one to use in this course. The goal is to know what kinds of software is available, and how to evaluate and choose the features you need to accomplish you own goals,

L9-Sec 3 L8-Mac & PC Photo Editors Assignments Textbook
Gene Photo Restoration
5 Lectures 43:17

Review and prepare to edit. Download some practice photos.

L10-PhotoEditing-Looking over the Project

This video demonstrates how to make some common repairs to an old document that's been digitized. Replace a missing corner; repair cracked emulsion; clean up blemishes and background splotches.

L11-editing tutorials - Photo Repair

Tutorial showing how to improve a photocopy of a photo image to make it look more like a photo.

L12-Editing Photos - Copier copy to photo

This tutorial shows how to repair damage using several different tools, and ends with converting an image from sepia to black and white.

L13-Editing Tutorials #3 Using different tools to edit a photo

This final assignment ask you to try to duplicate some of the corrections demonstrated in the tutorials. Extra photos have other challenges if you'd like to work on those, also. When confident of how to use the tools in your editing software, and how to scan and save your documents, you're ready to start editing your own photos and documents.

Preview 01:59
Summary and Bonuses
1 Lecture 01:10

Course summary

L15-Course Summary
About the Instructor
Michele Boyer
4.1 Average rating
27 Reviews
463 Students
2 Courses
Genealogist and genealogy teacher

I began working on my family genealogy in the mid 1980s, picking up where my Mom left off. Soon, I learned that my cousin had picked up where his Mom left off, and we combined our trees. My first challenge was a brick wall: who were my maternal great-grandparents and why did they put their children in an orphanage. My next challenge was a family legend about how the Hearst empire took ownership of my great-great-uncle's Homestake Mines. While the legends were far more exciting than the facts, it turned out to be a very interesting story, anyway.

Since then, we've uncovered the truth behind family legends and revealed our ancestors adventurous lives so thoroughly that we just published one biography in a local history publication, and are planning a few more writings.

Through research, I was invited to start genealogy clubs and teach genealogy through local history museums and community educations programs. When searching for further education on family history research I discovered there were no ancestry related courses on Udemy, and thought there just needed to be a few. So, I am adapting my classroom courses to Udemy's online format, and hope to maintain the "Genealogy Research Group" relationships through Udemy's discussion board that accompanies each course.

Please join us to embark, literally, on "the adventure of your life."