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There's two things messing up your photo scan.
Problem one... "colour cast". You get colour casting because your scanner will also scan the light/glare coming off your physical photo.
Above: The number one reason why colours look dull and flat is because your scanner also picks-up gloss.
Problem two... is because of time. The longer your photos have sat in your closet, the less vibrant the colours will be.
Here's how to fix these two issues.
No matter how new or old your photo is, your scanner will also scan the gloss coming off your photo. To get rid of this without touching any of the real colours of your image, do the following command:
Above: Get rid of the glare that your scanner picked up during the scan by using White Balance tool.
That is it! GIMP makes it easy without having to mess around with RBG levels.
Once colour cast is fixed, now you can brighten up faded colours. The command is:
And you will get a pop up like this...
Above: Hue and Saturation Tool will help you brighten your colours back to their original luster.
Move the Saturation slider to the right. I went to 100, but adjust yours accordingly.
That's it for colour fix!
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