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Part II:: Practical Retouching > Photo Restorations

Chapter 10. Photo Restorations

Ah, finally you’ve reached your last year of medical school! You’ve completed your rotations in reconstructive surgery (simple retouching), dermatology (retouching portraits), and worked your way through elective surgery (converting color to grayscale, and back). I’ve saved the best for last. Welcome to the ER. Here’s where you’ll find photographs that are on their last legs. Many of them are only a pale reminder of their past selves and there’s some doubt that you’ll be able to save them. Even so, photo restoration can be one of the most interesting and rewarding of the whole panoply of retouching tasks. Not until you’ve brought someone’s faded grandmother back to vibrant life will you understand exactly how useful your newly gained retouching skills can be.

In this chapter, we’re going to tackle a variety of old pictures, using what we’ve learned so far, plus some new skills and tricks, to create new pictures from old. You’ll learn how to mend torn photos, fix wrinkles and folds, remove halftone patterns, and restore faded photographs. Once you can handle the challenges in this chapter, you’ll be ready to hang that PhD (Photo Doctor) diploma on your wall.


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