How to repair photos using copy and paste

Most of us buy image-editing software to make ourselves and our photography skills look better. But you don't need to be an expert to get good results.

5. Normally you'd copy and paste your selection to a new layer at this stage, but Corel's Pick tool does the job for you. Select the Pick tool from the Tools palette and drag your selection to the new, transparent layer that's been created. If you intend to make more than one repair it's a good idea to rename each layer.


Step 5

6. Drag your selection over the damaged area. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to tweak the movement in very small increments. If needed, select the Eraser tool, change its Opacity to 50 percent and gently trim the edges of your selection. You can also use the Clone tool to add in any missing detail.


Step 6

7. Using a combination of both methods, you can repair most old photos. The edges of a picture may be so damaged, however, that the best thing to do is trim them off. Select the Crop tool from the Tools palette and a crop box will appear on your image. Drag the corners to the correct position, then double-click to crop.


Step 7

8. Now all that remains is to add a clean border. Under Image, select either Picture Frame or Add Borders. Picture Frame will display a selection of fancy frames; Add Borders brings up a dialog box into which you can very simply input the size and colour of your required border.


Step 8

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