Can someone tell me how to go about saving/restoring this beloved photo of my grandfather?
My grandfather died on Saturday evening. This
(very large hi res image) is a photo of him and myself when I was a baby. He used to come home from work every night, put Slim Whitman records on the record player, and dance with me around the room. Yeah, he was an oddball, but I've never felt as loved by another human being as I did by him.
Unfortunately, as you can see, the photo is in horrible condition. It was in an old photo album of mine and the last time I looked at it was about seven years ago, and it looked ok then, but I was shocked by the state of it when I took it out today. I'm at a loss as to how to go about saving this photo. Obviously, I've scanned it, so at least if the original completely disappears, I'll have a copy that won't look any worse than it does right now. I'd like to fix it somehow. I don't have the money for a professional photo restoration service. I do have access to Photoshop (CS6), but I'm just learning the program and so I have absolutely no idea how to even start trying to fix this. I don't even know what all the buttons and tools in photoshop do at this point. I've tried googling for help, but none of the tutorials I've found seem aimed at someone who's a complete novice at Photoshop. As in, "If your photo looks like this, you should press this button located in this physical location, and use these settings and then move the tool/brush/whatever in this particular way".
Can someone who knows something about this stuff tell me how to go at this, or give me some tips, or if it's a lost cause and someone with my experience level (ie. none) shouldn't even bother, that's ok too. Ideally I'd like to fix this up enough that I could have it reprinted. I know it won't ever look perfect (it wasn't that great/high quality a photo to begin with), but I at least want a copy I can keep around.