Scan & Restore Old Photographs & Films

Course description

Learn how to scan and restore old photographs, slides and negatives using an affordable flatbed scanner and free software.

What your class will cover

  • Learn how easy it is to correctly scan photographs and negatives into digital files.
  • Learn the important difference between Tiff and JPEG files for scanning and restoration.
  • Learn which tools to use in Photoshop to fix up faded colour and B/W images.
  • Learn which tools to use to repair scratches, spots and other damage on photographs.
  • Learn about GIMP which is the freeware alternative to Photoshop that will restore your photos for free.

What students can hope to achieve

  • Students will become competent at scanning both photograps and film.
  • Students will be able to easily fix faded images and improve colour and contrast.
  • Students will be able to use Photoshop or GIMP to remove and repair defects such as dust spots and scratches.


  • Basic computer skills using a mouse and keyboard.

What to bring

  • Film and photos for scanning. USB stick recommended.

Important information

Please note that children must not attend this class unless it is a specified parent/child activity.

Disability and special needs

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Please note that carers supporting learners with disabilities can attend our classes free of charge. For more information, please contact adult education team:

Refund policy

Cancellations and Refunds
Please choose your course carefully. A full refund is payable in the event that a class is cancelled. No other refunds are considered except for extenuating circumstances which are supported by a written application.

Contact details

For General Enquiries contact

  • (03) 6165 5600

Or for specific enquiries relating to issues in your area, contact your local centre

Terms and Conditions

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