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Advice on software for repairing old prints


DarylH e2
4 42 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 10:00PM
I have a friend who has some old family photos that are now showing signs of age, wear and tear, etc and he wants to try and scan them and revitalise them. He has asked me about which software to use but I know nothing of how to achieve this.
He doesn't really want to spend the earth on software as he only wants to produce a respectable copy.
I wondered about Photoshop Elements, but is there anything else that would provide the tools to do this.

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12 Jul 2012 10:21PM
there are a whole bundle of things out there from photoshop to serif and coral, but why not pay for a retouch service ....plenty of people out there doing stuff for next to nothing ........dare say if you asked on here there would be a few people willing to do it for you for a small fee

Jack
Jestertheclown
6 6.6k 242 England
12 Jul 2012 10:30PM
Personally, I do all that kind of thing using CS6 but this chap might be able to help.
12 Jul 2012 11:14PM
Jestertheclown, I seem to recall that you were completely underwhelmed with Photoshop CS6. What was it that changed your mind and made you buy it?
Jestertheclown
6 6.6k 242 England
13 Jul 2012 7:56AM
Hi Pat.
The beta of CS6 was rubbish as far as I'm concerned and despite your condescending remarks at the time, it genuinely did cause me a lot of problems. It seems, as it turned out, that I wasn't he only one.
The real thing, however, behaves much more as I'd expect it to.
I'm still not its greatest fan, it's not such a huge leap from CS5, in my opinion, that everyone should rush to upgrade but it does have some redeeming features.
franken e2
12 3.3k 4 Wales
13 Jul 2012 8:36AM
This may be of some use to you.

http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/tools-tips/how-to-repair-scratches-tears-and-spots-on-an-old-photograph/
thewilliam e2
6 4.9k
13 Jul 2012 9:07AM
I know several working professionals who still use Photoshop 7 in the workroom and Nikon D2X cameras in the studio because these tools do their job well. Earlier versions of PS don't allow repair of defects with the same speed and convenience.

We only upgraded from PS7 because we needed to handle 16 bit layers.
DarylH e2
4 42 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2012 9:34AM
Thanks Franken, looks an interesting tutorial, I have forwarded it on to my friend.

Thanks Jester, I shall mention that guy to my friend as a possibility.
13 Jul 2012 10:56AM
I see Jester, so what was it that changed your mind and made you part with your hard-earned cash?
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2012 9:18PM
Maybe Jester means Lightroom CS6??

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