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Old Jun 8, 2005, 6:28 PM   #1
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Been looking into scanning and restoring a ton of old photographs my parents have and documenting them before the history is lost. Does anyone here do any sort of photo restoration? If so, what do you use? I found a PS plug-inon the web by a company calledAkvis and it looks pretty neat.

http://akvis.com/en/retoucher/index.php

http://akvis.com/en/retoucher/exampl...estoration.php


Any ideas would be appreciated.

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If you are scanning the negatives, dust and scratches are a real problem. You do best with a scanner having a hardware scratch and dust removal like Digital Ice. But software can help is that is too pricey.

For scanning the actual photographs the tools in most good image editors is about as good as it gets for restoration. A shotgun approach to fixing a photo usually degrades it. There are many good tutorials available for using the tools in your image editor to restore old photos.

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If you have hundreds of photos and limited time, then the automatic restoration may be what you need. Otherwise, Photoshop has all the tools necessary. I have done quite a large number using Photoimpact, and am vey satisfied with the results.

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Actually, I have a few boxes of them. It's going to be quite an effort.
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The fastest way is probably to work directly in the advanced scanner driver. Most have a beginner's mode and one for grown ups. This has some good information for using the driver histogram. It is extremely quick once you get the hang of what you are doing. http://scantips.com/simple.html


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Thanks for the tip!
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