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Retouching Old Photos
2/1/2002
Polish up old pix with photo-fixing secrets from this high-tech tutorial.
You've got a scanner, imaging software and lots of old family photographs you want to restore — but where do you find photo-fixing guidance that's geared toward your needs as a genealogist?

Retouching Old Photos from Sunshine Press Publications is a fully illustrated guide designed to help family historians salvage damaged pictures. It's packed with tips on digital-restoration techniques, such as repairing torn photos, removing dust streaks and adjusting brightness and contrast. Although the instructions are written for Photoshop, you can apply the same techniques to other digital-imaging programs.

The guide comes on a CD-ROM, in Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF) format (get the Reader free at <www.adobe.com/support/downloads>). You can easily navigate the lessons from the Table of Contents or on-screen menus. The Techniques section addresses common photo problems, such as oversaturation and cropping. It also has a don't-miss chapter on scanning.

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