Using Levels or Curves you can make minor adjustments to the tonal range to get an image that looks similar to the one shown in Figure 10.6.
When faced with a restoration job like this one, the more time and patience you have, the better job you can do. Photoshop 7 offers so many wonderfully useful tools; you can just about fix any image! Try these tools on one of your old images or restore one for a client or friend. They'll believe that you can perform magic.
Admittedly, this one technique shows only a small part of what you can do to restore an old image — there is so much that can be done that someone could write an entire book on how to use Photoshop just to restore images. If you plan on doing lots of restoration work, I highly recommend that you purchase Katrin Eismann's Photoshop Restoration and Retouching book to get a whole book full of restoration and retouching tips and techniques.
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