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76-year-old Photoshop Master in China Restores Old Photos for Free

Having old photographs restored is a service that many residents in China can’t afford, but a 76-year-old man named Baojun Yuan is doing his part to help his fellow citizens by offering his astonishing Photoshop talents free of charge. After learning how to use the program when he was 60 years old, Yuan purchased a computer and scanner, and has fixed more than 2,000 photographs. He says, “my teacher just taught me how to repair the photos, but he forgot to tell me how to charge.”

Here’s a sampling of his amazing restoration work:

An Honourable Photoshop Master- BaoJun Yuan (via Gizmodo)


 
  • Wasabinski

    So I’m guessing that on that last photo he just took a random woman’s face off the internet?

  • Gpmboston

    OK, which version of Photoshop and input device does he use? Is it possible that a good photo is destroyed, rather than a destroyed photo made good?

  • http://twitter.com/HappyTinfoilCat Happy Tinfoil Cat

    Hmmm, really wondering if it is a pirated copy of PhotoShop

  • http://twitter.com/HappyTinfoilCat Happy Tinfoil Cat

    Hmmm, really wondering if it is a pirated copy of PhotoShop

  • http://twitter.com/HappyTinfoilCat Happy Tinfoil Cat

    Most likely, he got the face off another photo in the same collection.

  • http://twitter.com/HappyTinfoilCat Happy Tinfoil Cat

    Most likely, he got the face off another photo in the same collection.

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  • http://twitter.com/ts_photographer Tania Stanley Photog

    amazing artist

  • http://reelfoto.blogspot.com/ The Reel Foto

    Mind blowing!

  • Azharkadri

    good one this require a use of healing brush any ways very good and finished work

    http://workdoneinphotoshop.blogspot.com

  • Jason

    A bit unfair don’t you think? Innuendo is a marvellous tool. A way to diminish a person’s work/reputation without really saying or knowing anything about them.

    Personally I think it’s great that he’s picked this up and is providing this service to his community into his 70s. The work he’s done is absolutely amazing.

  • http://twitter.com/HappyTinfoilCat Happy Tinfoil Cat

    Snap! You are right. It mentioned his purchase of a computer and scanner but not the PS. It would be even more amazing if he also bought the PS, so I’d like to know. I respect him in either case, his generosity and skill should not be impugned.

  • Jason

    Hi there, I re-read, you’re absolutely right.

  • Steve

    He is in China. Notice how the article days he purchased a computer but doesn’t say he purchased the software

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7LGE2OEUFMMVD3W5DLSKEHN6I John

    Nah, I donated a copy, legally bought, to him. It’s not the latest and greatest CS5 though but a Craigslist ‘used’ standalone copy for less money than you think.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7LGE2OEUFMMVD3W5DLSKEHN6I John

    So, every one of those 1.3 billion Chinese are suspected ‘pirates’ or worst? Remember the Communist gov’t holds 1.x trillion DOLLARS worth of US Treasury Bonds that you and I will have to service. Think of the interest let alone face value when they mature.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VZLPDLJAVFEKFYWZL7VIXOSKVQ Mathys V

    He did buy PS. On the corner for $5 :)

  • Lesdfast

    For those posted your sour view here, try some fancy stuff at your 70′s.

  • Joblow

    Some of these images have main features missing from the original… so there was either a lot of guesswork involved in the reconstruction, or he was working from similar images that have the same portrait angle and lighting. A few of them look more like paintings than photographs, which puts it more in the realm of sketch artist than image restoration. As an artist the work is pretty good. As authentic restoration… well… I guess only the relatives who knew the original can comment on that.

  • http://suzcorner.wordpress.com/ Suzanne

    I think that third picture looks like Obama ;-)

  • Sheik Djabooti

    Don’t all asian people look the same?

  • Stephk

    I agree with this, I mean he could have had a reference or he could have know the person.

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  • http://twitter.com/Aether_Concept Sébastien D.

    the last is awesome !! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Al-hakim-Abdul/100000228840296 Al-hakim Abdul

    Yah maybe the other family provide him a face from the other picture what a brilliant Thinking of you 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nelsonvalentim Nelson Rodrigues

    STUPID

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    Out of the negative commentators who question the legality of the software, I wonder how may use illegal stuff themselves. From the rambling nature of the writing, possibly other illegal substances too.
    The old fella is a genius and should be applauded both for his skill and his generosity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    Out of the negative commentators who question the legality of the software, I wonder how may use illegal stuff themselves. From the rambling nature of the writing, possibly other illegal substances too.
    The old fella is a genius and should be applauded both for his skill and his generosity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    Out of the negative commentators who question the legality of the software, I wonder how may use illegal stuff themselves. From the rambling nature of the writing, possibly other illegal substances too.
    The old fella is a genius and should be applauded both for his skill and his generosity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    Out of the negative commentators who question the legality of the software, I wonder how may use illegal stuff themselves. From the rambling nature of the writing, possibly other illegal substances too.
    The old fella is a genius and should be applauded both for his skill and his generosity.

  • Gyq5q

    Nah, Adobe’s products are free “They also forget how to charge” don’t they?

  • Gyq5q

    Nah, Adobe’s products are free “They also forget how to charge” don’t they?

  • Gyq5q

    Nah, Adobe’s products are free “They also forget how to charge” don’t they?

  • Kltn3733

    TRy to be on the positive side and appreciate what this man has done..

  • Ruthrnld

    Don’t worry, I’ve had an Asian person say we all look alike!

  • Frances

    Oh ;great athletes always buy their shoes don’t they? Photoshop should be paying him for the promotion!

  • cindylbear

    Why take a beautiful story like this and assume the worst? It is very sweet that he is providing this service for his fellow man. Kudos to him. He is a wonderful person!

  • indrajeet sorcar

    I want to restore very old photo of my fathers childage. how can i mail you the photo.

  • arup mondal

    Sir, my father old photo face damage please help me?