Requirements - need Photoshop and Scanner
Step 1: Must have Photoshop for this tutorial, I'm using CS5.
Step 2: Scan your 3.5 x 3.5" awesome square photo with rounded corners at 600dpi as a TIFF file.
Step 3: Open photo in Photoshop
Step 4: Gaze at it's faded wonder and panic slightly but don't worry it will get better!
I found a great tutorial here on how to use levels. I'm kinda lazy when it comes to reading instructions and am just happier moving the levels back and forth until I get the sharper quality I'm looking for.
Step 6: Go to Image/Adjustments/Brightness-Contrast
I like to bump the brightness up, again play with this until you are happy with the results.
Step 7: Image/Adjustments/Hue-Saturation
I find a little saturation makes things brighter and in this case I really wanted the car to POP out bright red.
Step 8: Use the Clone Stamp to fix all the little holes, white dots/dust that you can only see when you zoom in really close and become obsessive like I. Here's a great tutorial on how to use Clone Stamping. The only thing this tutorial misses that I really like to use is adjusting the size of my clone brush which can be done easily at the top left corner. I only say this because when you have big spot, it's great to use a big brush, when you have a small tiny spot that is very close to another color, then you need a tiny brush. Always always always use the fuzzy brushes.
And here is my almost finished piece:
The last thing that really bugs me is the rounded corners are not sharp. I could probably go into Illustrator and crop this but I'd rather use PicMonkey as an online source because it's fast and cute. It offers lots of filters and editing solutions.
Step 9: Go to www.picmonkey.com, open photo, select rounded corner option. Save in the highest option possible.