restoring old photos

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by eatmyjustice, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. eatmyjustice macrumors member

    eatmyjustice

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    I have a number of old photos from the 60's and 70's that have faded. The colors are also all wrong. A few years ago a friend showed me an application that would take a scanned photo and fix all of these things automatically, but I don't remember what the app was called. Apparently, these photos degrade in a similar way. I'm not a professional photographer and I'm looking for an inexpensive application that can fix my old photos with a few clicks.

    Thanks,
    Joe
     
  2. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    It's not exactly what you want, but this can work. You take the first photo and manually adjust the colors to what you want, then apply that curve to the rest of the photos (assuming they have all aged similarly). This isn't perfect and probably more complicated than you are looking for, but it is cheap and pretty quick.
     
  3. djbahdow01 macrumors 6502a

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    The epson scanners come bundled with the EpsonScan software that will do a pretty good restoration. Not a great one but probably as good as you will need them. I can't remember how to go about it as I only use the professional setting and restore/edit in Photoshop.
     
  4. eatmyjustice thread starter macrumors member

    eatmyjustice

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    ok, that makes sense. I don't, however, have an application to do even that. I have an imac... it's stock. iphoto only seems to be a photo organization tool and I need some sort of editor.
     
  5. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    Download GIMP. It's like Photoshop, except that it's free.

    iPhoto has some editing abilities, but for what you're looking for you'll need something with a bit more muscle.
     
  6. eatmyjustice thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks! This is what I was looking for. :D
     

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