Photos that you take the time to print and preserve are frozen moments in time. The pictures are memories of cherished celebrations, fun trips, or records of events. They're so valuable to you, it's no wonder you'd want to keep them in pristine condition.
Sometimes as photos age, they can begin to curl or curve. This can actually be reversed, but it must be done delicately and carefully. That way, you don't accidentally ruin the photo instead of fixing it.
When flattening out an old photo, you need to be very careful. These are irreplaceable, especially since most of them won't have a digital version of the image you can print it off again. There are two ways you can flatten an old photo. Whichever process you choose, follow the steps below to get your picture lying flat again.
The humidification chamber can actually uncurl a paper document. With a big enough container, you could do more than one photo at a time so long as there's enough room between the photos, so they do not touch. If you are doing this for the first time, do a test photo. You'll need archival blotting paper, which you can find at an art supply store.
You still need to be gentle when you flatten out newer photos, but the process is very different than what you do with older pictures.
Place the photo in a large envelope. Send the envelope through a laser printer. You'll need to do this twice -- once in each direction. The heat from the laser printer will moisturize and smooth out the photo. Place the photo inside a scanner bed or underneath a heavy book for a day or two. This will allow it to dry and become flat again.
Uncurling a picture is not hard, but it's a very delicate process. As long as you're careful, you'll have your curved, old photos looking like new.
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