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In Photo Restoration: From Snapshots to Great Shots, author Robert Correll carefully guides you through the process of restoring your photos, teaching you the most effective techniques to preserve and repair your damaged or aging images. Organized based on a helpful photo restoration workflow, the book will feature Adobe Photoshop as the primary software solution of choice, with coverage of Photoshop Elements and Lightroom as well. Read the book from start to finish or quickly access the information you need for the specific photo problems at hand.
The book will start by covering the basics, such as how to evaluate how a photo is damaged and then move to the appropriate solution; how to properly handle and scan/import your photos; and how to use Photoshop as a photo retouching tool, with information on how Photoshop Elements and Lightroom can also play a role in restoring your images.
The book then dives into specific issues that arise with old or damaged photos, such as removal of dust, scuff marks, and stains; repairing actual damage such as creases or missing corners; correcting color-related problems like blue or yellow-tinted images and oversaturation; and improving the contrast and brightness of both color and black-and-white images. Finally, the book finishes up by showing you how to add a special touch of greatness and creativity to your photos, in addition to printing and archiving.
Chapter 1. The Art and Science of Photo Restoration
An Exercise in Problem Solving
Categorizing Common Problems
Dealing with Expectations
Following an Organized Workflow
Chapter 2. Preparing and Scanning Photos
Choosing a Scanner
Understanding Scanner Options
Creating Custom Scan Presets
Removing Photos from Albums
Removing Photos from Frames
Aligning Photos on the Scanner Bed
Scanning Oversized Photos
Scanning Photos in Albums
Scanning Other Documents
Chapter 3. Working with Photoshop
Touring the Photoshop Interface
Understanding Key Photoshop Concepts
Setting General Photoshop Preferences
Setting Color Profile Options
Top 10 Photo Restoration Tools
Developing Practical Skills
Comparing Before and After
Comparing Alternate Approaches
Chapter 4. Cleaning the Surface
Spots and Stains
Splotches and Gunk
Tape and Tape Residue
Chapter 5. Repairing Physical Damage
Chapter 6. Correcting and Enhancing Color
Blue Tint (Color Photo)
Blue Tint (Black and White Photo)
Yellowing (Color Photo)
Yellowing (Black and White Photo)
Converting to Black and White
Re-colorizing and Tinting
Problematic Film Development
Chapter 7. Adjusting Brightness and Contrast
Brightness and Glare
Dark Subject against a Bright Background
Chapter 8. Tackling Other Problems
Cropping to Improve Composition
Chapter 9. Creating Great Shots
Recognizing Great Photos
What Not to Do
Creating Artistic Interpretations