Ancient photo

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by Mala, Dec 14, 2003.

  1. Mala macrumors 6502

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    My cousin has just given me a very, very faint and blurred photo of my great-grandfather. He died in 1921, and he was not an aged man in the photo, so it's probably nearly 100 years old.

    Is there any possible way that I can scan it and use software to un-degrade the image?
     
  2. legion macrumors 6502a

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    Re: Ancient photo

    You can work on restoring it in Photoshop.. just take the highest resolution scan you can. If that fails, take it to a photo restorer and they should be able to improve the basic quality of the print and then you can try again to restore it digitally through scanning and Photoshop.
     
  3. Mala thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you very much. I'll try both of these things. This is the only photo I've ever heard of of this man, and he has an interesting face.

    What do I do in Photoshop to improve the image, once I have a scan, please?
     
  4. JDar macrumors 6502a

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    What do I do in Photoshop to improve the image, once I have a scan, please?

    Mala, the workflow--starting with the scan itself--is the subject of chapters, books, tutorials, experience, and opinions. If you are a beginner in PS you'll find many online tutorials, some that exactly describe what you should try. (It depends.)

    Here are a couple of url's to get you started, and there is a lot of help on the Adobe site in the forums.

    I use PS Elements and working with old photo restorations can be lots of fun, right up there with stitching together panoramas.:D

    http://photoshopgurus.info/beginner.shtml

    http://www.arraich.com/elements/psE_intro.htm

    http://www.digitaldog.net/tips.html
     
  5. Mala thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks so much for these. I actually use Photoshop in my work, but in a very basic way. It'll be great to learn more.
     
  6. Stinkysteve macrumors member

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    Just make a copy of the layer before trying anything new or unsure.
    Start off with making an adjustment layer for the levels, and basic color balance. Adjustment layers are key, because you and go back and alter them later.
     
  7. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

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