If you’re fascinated by the history of your family, consider creating a family tree. It can be a simple and an effective way to create a cohesive visual representation of all the information you have at your disposal. If you opt to use a computer, there is software that will not just make your tree look attractive, but also provide you with the opportunity to restore old photos, which may be faded, scratched or otherwise spoilt. In this publication, we will guide you along the path of improving the quality of archive pictures using Movavi Photo Editor and assembling those images to create a digital family tree.
Step 1. Restore Old Photos
Remove Defects and Unnecessary Elements
Unfortunately, old photos often to have cracks, creases, and stains. However, the good news is that Movavi Photo Editor has an automatic quality improvement function. Select Restore tab, choose the Enhance Photo option, and click on the Restore button to access this function. Note that, after automatic restoration, the image will be black and white; if the original was heavily damaged, slight defects may also still be present.
To remove any unnecessary elements by hand, go to the Object Removal tab. First, select the area you want to remove. To do this, select one of the available tools: Selection Brush to paint the designated area, Magic Wand to select objects of the same color, Lasso to trace the outline of an object. The selected area can also be adjusted with the Eraser tool.
Once the object has been selected, it can be removed simply by pressing the Start Erasing button. Small defects can be remediated using the Stamp tool, which enables you to copy pixels from one area of your image to another, painting out the defect.
Get Rid of Scan Grain
After scanning, your photo may become “noisy” or grainy. To remove this problem, choose the Denoise button and select the appropriate preset for your needs. If you are not satisfied with the choice of presets, adjust the relevant settings until you get the results you want. To do this, click on the gear icon and experiment with the settings. Set the optimum values for light noise, color noise, radiance, intensity and sharpness. To save your settings, click on the Save Preset button.
Old photos can often look somewhat washed out. Unless your photo is very blurred, you can increase the sharpness by going to the Adjust tab and dragging the Sharpness and Details sliders. Then try increasing the color saturation in the image to make it brighter and more contrasty, or click on the Magic Enhance button to adjust the settings automatically.
Step 2. Assemble Your Project in Our Family Tree Maker
There are several approaches to compiling a genealogical tree:
- the ascending family tree (from a person to their ancestors);
- the descending family tree (from an ancestor to descendants);
- the circular table (with the latest generation in the central circle, the parents in the second circle, the grandparents in the third circle, and so on).
The ascending tree is often the most popular. The structure is easy to work with, especially for those who have not yet completed their quest for information and are gradually working from the known towards the unknown.
Once you have collected and edited all the images, you can move on to styling. Prepare the background: draw it yourself or download a template from the internet. If you wish, you can use one of the our ascending family tree templates for free: one for adults and one for children.
How to add a picture to the template in our family tree maker:
- Click on File, choose Open and select the template.
- Go to the Insert image tab and select a photo.
- Adjust the size and position of the image so that it fits well on the screen and then click Apply.
- Once you have inserted all the images, click Save in the bottom right corner of the application window.