One of the best interests is the art of digital picture restoration. It’s fascinating to take a vintage photo and give it a new lease of life again and to preserve our history for future decades. Over the years, old photographs deteriorate and fading, speckling, cracking, and creasing are normal. If your grandma was like mine, she treasured to record every event in printer ink on the relative back again of all of her photographs.
Although this probably appeared like a stellar record keeping idea at that time, one of the most typical problems I see is ink bleed through. It could be so disheartening to see printer ink and other issues wreak havoc on an otherwise fantastic old picture. Fortunately, it is getting simpler to repair this damage digitally and revive photos.
Today’s photo papers are much better than in the past. Advancements like Photoshop allow us to digitally repair broken photos and then reprint them on archival-quality documents that can last at least 100 years. For this task I am using Photoshop version CS5, however CS6 is expected to have even more “content aware” tools that’ll be even better for this type of work. Digital imaging has already come such quite a distance and restored photographs make people’s hearts melt – especially ones they thought were beyond repair.
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There’s nothing beats the look in a loved one’s eye when they visit a restored picture – talk about “priceless”. So, what I am going to try to do in this hub is to show others how to do some very basic picture restoration techniques. These tips are excellent for faded photos with small damage. Things with missing pieces, major damage, mildew etc. are a whole different project and ideally I’ll find out more about making video tutorials for the more advanced stuff. In the meantime – enjoy this simple photo repair (my lovely mom when she was a little gal) and try some of the tips and techniques yourself.
For this task I am using Photoshop CS5 – I realize not everyone has this kind of software, but many of the tools and techniques I am using can be replicated in other software to a qualification. The first thing you want to do is digitally picture or get an extremely high quality check of your original photo. I do not need a high-powered enough scanning device so for my tasks, I do a superior quality DSLR picture of the initial. If you plan to check out your photos, you need to have an absolute minimum of a 300 dpi scanner – the higher the dpi the better to be able to avoid as much loss of detail as you can.
Save an original copy of the initial with the highest-quality jpeg setting! In the event that you totally up screw, have a major meltdown, or some other unforeseen catastrophe you have a backup to start focusing on again. So save an original in the event disaster strikes – or you simply want to apply and try different techniques on a single picture down the road.
With your original duplicate in place to create a new coating – this would be the layer you begin working on. Lock the original layer and turn off the “eyeball” to cover it – you do not want to alter your original coating. That is a good standard practice in any Photoshop task.