Last year my mum gave me a family portrait which was badly damaged - cracked across the whole photo, with a lot of surface scratches and rust damage, as you can see.
I've scanned it and digitally repaired it, also removing the rust damage and hairs etc. It took about 12 hours to do, mainly using the Clone tool in Photoshop CS3. I also had to recreate my great-grandmother's neck and shoulder, and added subtle film grain effects to replicate the look of the original grainy photo.
You can see before and after in the two screen shots below :
So here I present to you - my mum's maternal grandmother Beatrice Irene Donaldson (a formidable woman - she received The Order of the British Empire (Civil) in 1969, as Vice President of the Finley Red Cross Society) and my great-grandfather Allan, on their wedding day (2 September 1914). She was a school teacher at the time of their marriage, and he was a farmer. They lived in Finley, NSW.
Click on the photos to see better closeups. I'm very happy with the repair - now I just need to print it out on glossy photo paper!
ETA : Yes, I use a professional version of Photoshop (Creative Suite 3) which is probably the most powerful image software in the world. I also have 19 years' experience as a graphic designer, and use a Mac, and a Wacom tablet & stylus, which makes this sort of image work much easier. And good idea about the paper, FoxySoxy, will have to see what I can find :)