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boog69
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Jul 22, 2012 19:37 |  #1

My mom has found tons of family pictures in an old smokehouse. She has taken a couple to Walgreens and Walmart to have copies made for people that have cried when she has given them first because they have never seen that picture and some people didn't have any pictures at all of great grandparents, cousins...you guys get the picture. Anyway, she asked me if I could restore some or all of them. I would love to but have never attempted black and white before plus volume of pictures is overwhelming. Do you guys or gals know of any good place that restores black and white? Maybe even a program that would help me out where I could do some? Thanks for help.


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Jul 23, 2012 09:05 |  #2

did you try Google? there are a fair number of videos and step by step guides to doing this yourself.




  
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Jul 23, 2012 10:06 |  #3

First of all, you're going to need a good scanner if you're going to do this yourself (unless you're going to take a picture of the picture, which seems way too labor-intensive to me), though you might be able to rent one for a week or so rather than buying one.


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Jul 23, 2012 10:27 |  #4

I've done some of those for my Mom. I would let her pick 5 or so to restore. Just import the scan to Photoshop and become familliar with the Clone Stamp tool. Try not to over-restore the photo. I did a 5x7 with a crack through the middle of it, was a pain.


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Jul 23, 2012 11:00 as a reply to  @ B Koo's post |  #5

I've done a little of this. You'll need (1) a scanner and (2) a decent knowledge of Photoshop,Elements, or some equivalent program. Personally, I love doing stuff like that! I'm working at becoming a photo retoucher, so it fits in my groove of things I guess. ;)
But yes, cloning tool - sharpening, layer masks, ect. Oh! And patience.


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Jul 26, 2012 16:35 as a reply to  @ meltoncub's post |  #6

I have done quite a bit of this. Do you have the negatives? I have gotten just incredible results restoring old pictures with the negatives. Even without you can get decent results.

Not all that hard to do with the right equipment. As mentioned, a good scanner/ converter and photo processing software.


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