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Discussion in 'Photo Album' started by Fyreman, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. Fyreman

    Fyreman Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    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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