Digital Restoration From Start to Finish: How to repair old and damaged photographs 1st Edition
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The book features restoration tips and methods for handling a range of deteriorated images by using a variety of tools, and then shows how these techniques can be applied to contemporary photographs that have poor color or tonal rendition, as well as misexposed prints.-Photographic Trade News, February 2007
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It covers both Photoshop CC and Photoshop Elements.
Very aware of current software tools. Recommends a number of PS Elements addons, including one that enables 16 bit editing.
Ctein does a great job of walking the reader through the individual photo restorations. He also lets the reader know about different types of software that will help with the restorations and how the software works. I found this to be very helpful.
I wish I had this book when I did my first restorations.
The How-to's page is very practical if a specific problem arises when in the middle of a restoration project, whether its removing dust and scratches or resurrecting the color in a treasured family photo, Ctein has an answer.
The book will be valuable to the "beginner" or the "seasoned pro" because of its generous scope, from the minor to the major. Some of the major photos that Ctein has resurrected most people would have tossed out as "hopeless".
This book will become my "bible" as I continue the task of salvaging family memories. The plug-ins chapter is very valuable because of Ctein's fair and objective assessment of the current systems he has used and appraised.
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Somewhere early in the book, the author says that workflow is important to him. I see little evidence of that. He didn't give enough thought to the layout of the book, or how easy it would be for anyone to follow it. He hops from one thing to another, the visual examples frequently not belonging to the text on the same page. He refers to previously mentioned techniques on earlier or later pages and this makes it very difficult to follow.
However, I have three major issues with this book:
1. He didn't think to 'future proof' it. It was published in 2007 and he should have known that even by a couple of years later the main program and any relevant plugins would have changed, people's operating systems would change and access to what he advises using, could be difficult to find or install. Instead of restoring photos by advising people to use specific plugins, it would have been better if he'd widened the field and described the techniques which could be used by different types of digital imagery editing software. For instance, a lot of what he talks about can be done in a cheaper program such as Photoshop Elements without any plugins at all. And even free programs like GIMP can achieve a lot (albeit, at present, without ability to use adjustment layers, but they do keep promising that that will change in time.)
2. He advocates adjusting the photo in a scanner using the scanner's software, before even getting the photo into Photoshop. So, what if you're working on a photo from a digital copy that you've been sent? That makes about a quarter of the book's information completely redundant. Also, even if you do have the original and a scanner with reasonable editing software of its own, this is not always a good idea as then you can't refer back to the original information. Scanners often make things look very good til you try to find the detail that it has lost during its enhancement.
3. Very few of the examples in the book of his before and after work actually show any difference. This would have been helped if he'd shown more extreme examples or if the examples were printed larger.
Finally - of the two examples on the front cover, only one photo is covered in the book: the lower one.