Starting a project...


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Jul 7, 2002

First I want to say the work I've seen here (read through all 110+ pages) is absolutely fantastic! The knowledge / skill level is inspiring, envious is too weak of a word for what I've seen.

Now to my project. I'm going to attempt to restore / retouch a postcard photo of my dad's parents holding my dad's brother- circa 1910?.

I'm looking for suggestions, direction, and opinions...etc, before I get started. I'm kind of a perfectionist (blame my father) so I want to do this myself BUT don't want to put huge amounts of time up front only to find out it would have been better if I would have done this or that first. Here is what I've learned:

* Scan at least 300dpi (would 400, 500, 600 be better??)
* Scan in original color (can be changed later??)
* Save as TIFF vs JPEG (repeated "saves" in JPEG= picture degrading)
* I'm using ArcSoft PhotoStudio 5.5 and have Paint.Net available (sorry, don't have the money for Photoshop CS or Paint Shop Pro 7)
* When posting a picture here, use "ImageShack" because of file size (does it accept TIFF format??)
* When "sharpening" picture, do as the VERY LAST step before finalization (use "unmask" tool??)

Now a question- the original is approximately a 3x5, I would like the final project / picture to be a 5x7 or even larger, what do I do up front- if possible- to achieve this?

All comments, suggestions, opinions are welcomed. Thanks so very much for your time.

ps; this project probably won't be started for a few days (vacation) so if I don't get back to you right away, I hope you'll understand

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