Digital Restoration From Start to Finish: How to Repair Old and Damaged Photographs

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 464 pages
Author: Ctein
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781138940253
Other: 3rd ed., b&w & colour photos, index
Publisher: Routledge

This third edition of 'Digital Restoration From Start to Finish' walks you step-by-step through the entire process of restoring old photographs and repairing new ones using Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP, and more.

This best-selling guide is now updated with the latest software, advancements and new techniques, including hand-tinting in lab and tips for Spot Healing Brush and masked layers. No process detail is overlooked, from choosing the right hardware and software, getting the photographs into the computer, getting the finished photo out of the computer, and preserving it for posterity.

You will learn how to:

  • Scan faded and damaged prints or films
  • Improve snapshots with Shadow/Highlight adjustment
  • Correct uneven exposure
  • Fix colour and skin tones quickly with Curves, plug-ins, and Hue/Saturation adjustment layers
  • Use adjustment layers to correct uneven exposure and dodge and burn
  • Hand-tint your photographs easily
  • Correct skin tones with airbrush layers
  • Clean up dust and scratches speedily and effectively
  • Repair small and large cracks with masks and filters
  • Eliminate tarnish and silvered-out spots from a photograph in just a few steps
  • Minimize unwanted print surface textures
  • Erase mildew spots
  • Eliminate dots from newspaper photographs
  • Increase sharpness and fine detail
  • Maximize print quality

The detailed real-world examples in this book will teach you how to produce great restorations by combining different techniques and tools. In clear and easy to understand text with hundreds of illustrations, this book provides step-by-step instructions, and explains the processes used to restore your images.

 - Why restore digitally?
 - About this book
 - About other books
 - Keeping in touch
 - Acknowledgements
 - About the author
Quick Diagnostic Guide to Restoration
1. The Big Picture
 - Where do you want to go today?
 - The art (and craft) of restoration
 - Fooling around
 - A modest taxonomy of restoration
 - Take yor time
2. Hardware for Restoration Work
 - The 'bottom' line
 - The computer
 - Memory
 - Hard drives
 - Laptops an iMac
 - Graphic tablets
 - Color management and ColourMunki
 - Backup and long-term storage
 - Scanners
 - Printers
3. Software for Restoration
 - Image processing programs
 - Plug-in and stand-alone tools
 - repair and recover tools
4. Getting the Photo Into the Computer
 - How-tos in this chapter
 - Introduction
 - Preparation and cleaning
 - Scanning prints: maximise your information by getting the tones right|
 - Is 16-bit mode really necessary?
 - Pulling in the color
 - Scanning halftones
 - How to scan b&w and glass plates
 - Scanning color film
 - Resolution decisions
 - Cracked and textured prints
5. Restoring Tone
 - How-Tos in this chapter
 - What makes a good point
 - Curves
 - The shadow/highlight adjustment
 - How to improve a copy print
 - How to correct uneven exposure
 - How to repair uneven density
 - Magnifying-glass layers
 - Soft-light dodging and burning-in layers
 - Enhancing almost-blank photos
 - Making extreme tone changes without distorting colors
 - Fixing harsh shadows on faces 
6. Restoring Color
 - How-tos in this chapter
 - What makes a good print?
 - Getting the color right (semi-)automatically
 - Color correcting in layers
 - Getting better skin tones
 - Hand-tinting photographs
 - Fixing chromatic aberration with picture window
 - Correcting out-of-gamut in incorrect colors
 - Fixing color stains and development marks
7. Making Masks
 - How-tos in this chapter
 - Why mask?
 - Many ways to the same goal
 - Isolating cracks
 - Making masks from colors
 - Exaggerating color to select tarnish
 - Exaggerating color to select scratches
 - Selecting and fixing a matte border
 - Five ways to mask cellophane tape damage
8. Damage Control
 - How-tos in this chapter
 - Introduction
 - Simple spotting
 - Polishing out the scratches
 - Filling in the cracks
 - Repairing large cracks with GIMP
 - Paving over tears and holes
 - AKVIS retoucher
 - Clearing the debris
9. Tips, Tricks and Enhancements
 - How-tos in this chapter
 - Introduction
 - Save time by using your keyboard and your mouse
 - Capturing a long density range in a scan by stacking images
 - Descreening a halftone
 - Getting the most detail out of your photograph
 - What do you do with a tintype?
 - Stitching scans together
 - Improving the original
10. Beautification
 - How-tos in this caps
 - Introduction
 - Viewing your restorations at arm's length
 - Improving tonality and masking the photo more lively
 - Detexturing the photo
 - Selective sharpening
 - Improving a photograph by adding grain
 - Touching up faces
 - Neutralizxing the neutrals
11. Examples
12. Printing
 - What's the right printer?
 - Choosing your print media for permanence
 - Should I profile my printer?
 - Forget about profiles!
 - ColorMunki
 - Toning the b&w print
 - Display and storage conditions for maximum print longevity
13. Archiving and Permanence
 - The special needs of digital storage
 - Ïn a material world
 - Picking up the pieces
 - IOt's just a matter of time
 - All storage is not created equal
 - Can you hear me now?
 - Babel Fish
 - Final words

'This thorough compendium of digital photo-restoration techniques, by PT contributing editor Ctein, explains almost anything you could need to know about repairing aged or damaged photographs using a scanner and Photoshop (with occasional help from some additional software)' - Photo Techniques, Mar-Apr 2007 [review of the 1st edition]

'The book features restoration tips and methods for handling a range of deteriorated images by using a variety of tools, and then shows how these techniques can be applied to contemporary photographs that have poor color or tonal rendition, as well as misexposed prints' - Photographic Trade News, February 2007 [review of the 1st edition]

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