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Old 07-06-2008, 10:08 PM
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I'm a newbie and would like to ask a question. I have a photograph of my grandparents that I would like to restore/retouch. The photograph has the "imprint" or "stamp from the photographer on it. How would I go about retouching the image showing this imprint?

Any advice would be appreciated thankyou!
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Old 07-07-2008, 01:15 AM
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Re: Imprint on photo

hi missy, and welcome to RP.

your image is quite small here. and, it's much better to crop out all that white surrounding area. in fact, if you're using a a scanner and got that, then you've got something set wrong. i'd go back and take a look at the scanning and see if you cant get a bigger image and that might give you a clearer portion where the photographer's mark is, thus making it easier to handle.
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Old 07-07-2008, 01:33 AM
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Re: Imprint on photo

Thanks for that information. I will check sizing etc. There are "scan lines" on the image when viewed in CS3 so I will have to sort that part out. What do you suggest for image size. I've been practising madly on the image but just wasn't sure how you went about the imprint part.

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Old 07-07-2008, 01:39 AM
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Re: Imprint on photo

hi missy,

generally, the bigger the better. i like a minimum of 800x600 (or vice versa if it's a vertical). resolution around 200 to 300. then, since you're using CS3, use the 'save for web' function.... or at least that's what i hear around here from others using CS3. (i mostly using paint shop pro and it's a piece of cake there.)

remember, with a .jpg you're going to be compressing the image when you save it. when others download it and view it, their CS3 will open it back up or decompress it, giving them a better image to view than what you actually see in the browser here on the web.

so, the trick is to use a good, large size of a decent resolution, compress it down to the 100k limit here on RP (or become a patron and get a 200k limit) and then post it. when others take that into CS3 or psp, it will bloom back up to a better size.

leave off all that white. that's just eating up your 100k limit. we dont want that. so, crop that down or get a new scan.
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Old 07-07-2008, 07:50 AM
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Leave the photographer's stamp. It is part of the charm and history of the photo.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:18 AM
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Re: Imprint on photo

Hi MissyMoo!

Welcome to RetouchPRO!!

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Leave the photographer's stamp. It is part of the charm and history of the photo.
... I couldn't agree more!

Anyway.. since scanning in order to get accettable working images is a common cause for confusion, (was mine too!!!) I decided to write a very basic Tutorial on it...

You can find it here
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Old 07-08-2008, 04:22 AM
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Re: Imprint on photo

Hi Flora,

Thanks for the welcome!. I really appreciate the tutorial on scanning. I was in a bit of a mess last night trying to re-scan etc. I do want to keep the photographer's stamp as it adds to the picture. I just didn't think I would be able to do it.

Ciao

MissyMoo
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:57 PM
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Sorry ktg222! Didn't mean to forget you. Completely agree about the stamp!
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:21 AM
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You are welcome MissyMo!

Just 'yell' if you need help...
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Old 07-12-2008, 04:32 AM
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Re: Imprint on photo

I had problems with my scanner so I just bought a new one. Followed your tutorial and have enlarged my photo!! Thanks! However, the dimensions in the tutorial don't seem to work with my scan. It cuts off the writing. Do you just play around with the dimensions until it all fits? I've tried that but then the percentage changes. Any ideas? Perhaps I'm just having one of those days!!

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