Can Adobe Photoshop really restore very old photos?

I recently got on ancestry.com and traced back my ancestors for several generations. In the process several old photos of photos showed up, some very blurry pictures of 1840's photo technology. I can barely see my GGGG Grandmother and do not see much other than shadows. A few others are clearer but could use cleaning up. I have heard of photoshop, it is really worth it and can I do old photo restores from it? how about colorizing? can B&W photos be converted to color?
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Brandon LyonSenior Frontend DeveloperCommented:
Colorizing can be done. As for cleaning up blurry barely-visible photos, it depends on the source. From what I've seen of old photos in general there is rarely enough data for Photoshop to clean them up.

The cheapest version of Photoshop cloud is only $10 / month. There are some great youtube tutorials you could try out to see if it will work for you.

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Thor2923Author Commented:
thanks, I might as well give it a try
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Can Adobe Photoshop really restore very old photos?
It is only a tool which you can use to restore these photos, it is not automated.
If you have no interest to learn Photoshop post a gig on EE or Freelancer
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
it is really worth it and can I do old photo restores from it?
Yes you can make them better but don't expect a perfect photo.  if you would post one of those photos I could show you the final result.

how about colorizing?
You have to replace the colors.  As Shaun noted above: "it is not automated". that means you have to decide which color can be replaced by which color.

Can B&W photos be converted to color?
Yes,  with "replace color" .
8046586Commented:
Adobe Lightroom is much better for you than Photoshop. Photoshop is more for design than editing and fixing photos.
Read about comparison before you start learning or investing in the licence.

https://photographylife.com/photoshop-vs-lightroom
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