Photo Scanning Tip: How To Fix Faded Dull Colours Using FREE Image Editing Software, GIMP

Free tips on how to fix photo scan colour using GIMP

Are You Getting Dull Looking Photo Scans? Here's How To Fix Faded Colours In GIMP...

Read these free tips, and you'll learn...

  • Two easy step on how to fix photo scan colours in GIMP
  • To make colours look more natural, vibrant, and less flat
  • Once you understand how to fix colours, the rest of the scans will go faster
  • You can do this with free editing software, GIMP... Download GIMP here

Ready? Let's go!

Once You Get Why Your Scans Look Flat, The Rest Will Be Easy

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.

Reason your photo scans look flat is because gloss is also scanned

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.

1. Remove The Glare (Colour Cast)

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:

  • GIMP > Colors > Auto > White Balance
How to use white balance in GMIP to fix photos can colours

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.


2. Bring Back The Original Colour

Once colour cast is fixed, now you can brighten up faded colours. The command is:

  • GIMP > Colors > Hue and Saturation

And you will get a pop up like this...

Use the Hue and Saturation in GIMP to make photo scan colour brighter

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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