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Old 10-11-2009, 06:28 PM
tommyh tommyh is offline
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hi everyone

recently I have been back going over my family`s genealogy.I came across a lot of very old pictures my grand mother had.
I have found out 4 of them are old tin types,and many others appears to be on a thin card board backing.

now,I am not good at picture restoration.I am glad I found this site and am studying up on this stuff.I see there are a lot of good people here who can do wonders with a picture.My questions are,and maybe someone here can help me can I best preserve these pictures for my children to have?
2.What program do you all use here?Do you all use the same or use different ones?
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here is one of the pictures that is on a thin cardboard back.

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Old 10-11-2009, 07:24 PM
unimatrix001 unimatrix001 is offline
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Re: hi everyone

Hello tommy, and welcome to retouchpro, Myself I use photoshop cs4, to restore this picture, first i would use either a curves adjustment layer or a levels adjustment layer, to bring back the tones. then it would be just some cloning and healing brush to repair the damaged areas.
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Old 10-11-2009, 07:38 PM
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Re: hi everyone

With a badly faded photo, start by using fade correction.
Then clone and scratch removal along with noise reduction.
Lots of work but worth it.

1. Preserve them one at a time. Seal Frame them and display on wall.
2. I use paint shop pro which I find easier to use than photo shop.

Paint Shop Pro is relatively cheap.
Amazon has it for 34.99 with free shipping.

Photo Shop is a few hundred dollars.
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Old 10-12-2009, 01:28 PM
tommyh tommyh is offline
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Re: hi everyone

thanks a lot.
I am looking into buying something to use to do these pictures with.
I have a freebie now and I did manage to get his jacket and hair color to come out.
This is my g-grand pa who died in 1914
picture is nearly 100 yrs old
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