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Great photo restoration begins with a great scan

Added on Wednesday 20th of January 2010 01:50 am EST
 

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In the article “Patch up your old creased and torn scanned photos” in this issue of Inside Photoshop, we explain how to utilize the Patch tool to repair image creases. But your restoration attempts will fall short if you don’t maximize your efforts at the first stage: scanning.

 

So here, in no particular order, are seven tips to help you capture the best scan possible when restoring your old photos:

 

Clean the scanner. Make sure your scanner bed is free of dust and lint. Your old pictures have their own dust and scratches—no need to introduce more during the scanning process!

 

Clean your photos. Inspect your photos for dust and dirt and gently wipe them clean with a soft cloth or lint-free photo wipe.

 

Capture in color. For optimum results, scan your old black and white photos using one of your scanner’s color (RGB) settings. You’ll acquire more pixel information when you do so, and you can convert photos to grayscale after you make your edits. With sepia prints, however, you might get better results if you scan in gray...