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Digital Restoration from Start to Finish

How to repair old and damaged photographs, 2nd Edition

By Ctein

  1. ISBN: 9780240812083
  2. Publication Date: January 2010
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 418
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    • £24.99 (GBP)
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Digital Restoration: Start to Finish 2nd edition guides you step-by-step through the entire process of restoring old photographs and repairing new ones using Adobe Photoshop, Picture Window, and now Elements. 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.


Scan faded and damaged prints or films

Improve snapshots with Shadow/Highlight adjustment

Correct uneven exposure

Fix color and skin tones quickly with Curves, plug-ins, and Hue/Saturation adjustment layers

Correct uneven exposure and do dodging and burning-in with adjustment layers

Hand-tint your photographs easily

Correct skin tones with airbrush layers

Clean up dust and scratches speedily and effectively

Repair small and large cracks with masks and filters

Eliminate tarnish and silvered-out spots from a photograph in just a few steps

Minimize unwanted print surface textures

Erase mildew spots

Eliminate dots from newspaper photographs

Increase sharpness and fine detailand

Maximize print quality

Author Bio

Ctein ( is a photographer, artist and contributor to PHOTO Techniques Magazine and The Online Photographer. Widely recognized as one of the finest color printers alive today, he is an expert in processes from classic dye transfer printing to state-of-the-art digital. He has nearly four decades of experience with electronic/digital printing and photography and runs his own photo restoration business:


"[A] top pick.. It tells how to make a range of corrections, how to hand-tint photos, repair problems in lighting, and even erase mildew spots and eliminate pixel problems. A fine specific guide any digital photographer needs!"--Midwest Book Review


Introduction; The Big Picture; Hardware for Restoration; Software for Restoration; Getting the Photo into the Computer; Restoring Tone; Restoring Color; Making Masks; Damage Control; Tips, Tricks, and Enhancements; Examples; Printing Tips; Archiving and Permanence