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Photo Restoration (Family Photos Part 2)

Photo Restoration (Family Photos Part 2)

Original Scan of my father, age 3.

Original Scan of my father, age 3.

Part of the family photo sorting and archiving involves scanning and restoring old photographs that are discoloured, stained, faded, or otherwise flawed. I have a pretty extensive photoshop background which I totally took for granted until I just googled what it would cost to hire someone else to be scanning and restoring the photos... $60/hr or more! In American dollars! Holy crow! 

Above is the original scanned image of my father... the tone is very bad and the photo is printed on a rough paper that made scanning difficult. There are also some discoloured splotches and scratches. 

Adjusted contrast and tone, fixed the splotches and scratches. 

Adjusted contrast and tone, fixed the splotches and scratches. 

This is the adjusted photograph. I scanned it twice (one flipped 180 degrees during scanning to counterbalance the roughness of the paper), adjusted levels and curves, removed the sepia tint, bumped the contrast a little bit and photoshopped out the scratches and discoloured areas. 

Now with colour!

Now with colour!

And for fun I coloured this one in, too, although I don't normally take that step as it takes forever and never looks quite right to my eyes. 

Does anyone else dabble at photo restoration? Any tips? 

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