Digital Restoration: Start to Finish guides you step-by-step through the entire process of restoring old photographs and repairing new ones using Adobe Photoshop, plug-ins, and Picture Window. Nothing is left out, from choosing the right hardware and software and getting the photographs into the computer, to getting the finished photo out of the computer and preserving it for posterity.
With this book you will learn how to:
. scan faded and damaged prints and films . improve snapshots with the Shadow/Highlight adjustment . correct uneven exposure and do dodging and burning-in with Curves adjustment layers . scan and recover nearly blank photograph . fix color with Curves and Hue/Saturation adjustment layers . fix skin tones with airbrush layers . hand-tint a photograph easily with masked layers . fix color with plug-ins . clean up dust and scratches . repair small and large cracks with masks and filter . eliminate tarnish and silvered-out spots from a photograph . minimize unwanted print surface textures . erase mildew spots . eliminate the dots from newspaper photographs . increase sharpness and fine detail in a photograph
Ctein - The Master
By Tim Elliott - February 10, 2007
At last!, a decent "how-to" book, well written and concise, thank you Ctein.
The How-to's page is very practical if a specific problem arises when in the middle of a restoration project, whether its removing dust and scratches or resurrecting the color in a treasured family photo, Ctein has an answer.
The book will be valuable to the "beginner" or the "seasoned pro" because of its generous scope, from the minor to the major. Some of the major photos that Ctein has resurrected most people would have tossed out as "hopeless".
This book will become my "bible" as I continue the task of salvaging family memories. The plug-ins chapter is very valuable because of Ctein's fair and objective assessment of the current systems he has used and appraised.
By Kevin M. Elliott - April 22, 2007
As moderator of a photographic web site's discussion forum, I often find myself having to answer questions about scanning and restoring photographs. The nature of a web discussion forum often prevents and in-depth reply to individual questions, and we also find that many of the questions have been asked and answered before, albeit in a slightly different way.
What a relief & pleasure to discover this book - it covers almost all aspects of the scanning and archiving process, with many specific how-tos covering the problems experienced by photo-restorers.
Ctein's vast experience and knowledge are well demonstrated in this readable and practical book, which I'd suggest is a must have for anyone contemplating scanning and restoring a photographic archive.
Pre-requisites are a working knowledge of your image editor and scanner software, and an awareness of the principles of colour management - without these the job is impossible, anyway.
I found the book excellent in its scope of coverage and detailed lessons/projects. Whether you are a professional or amatuer photographer or photo restorer this book should be in your digital editing library. The book is well laid out and takes you from relatively simple to complex restoration challenges. The author includes information on various editing software used in restoration as well as reference to books by other authors in the field. The man knows digital restoration and he has the ability to pass his knowledge on to the reader in an informative, detailed manner.
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