Old photos can be digitized and restored with tools such as the histogram for restoring contrast and the Clone Tool that can fix damages. After you scan it, you can use Black & White Points. Most of the times it's easier to repair stains in color mode. You could also lighten up the image and include some details. Be careful as the surrounding areas of black can affect the histogram. Just clip the tail of pixels off and experiment with contrast to make washed out colors look original and vivid again. The Clone Tool can handle tear damage and spots. You'll find useful tools in Paint Shop Pro, PhotoImpact, PhotoDeluxe or Photoshop.
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