I find restoring a damaged photograph to its original splendor satisfying work. I’ve been using ArcSoft PhotoStudio 5 which came bundled with my Canon Pixma color printer. There is a newer version PhotoStudio 6 for US$80. Click here for details. It’s not as professional or advanced as Adobe Photoshop but it’s easy to use and does the trick.
You can have someone else restore your photos if you’re not a “Do-It-Yourselfer”. I’ve assembled a partial list of companies that provide those services. I haven’t tried any of them so I can’t vouch for their quality. Prices vary depending on the amount of work required. If you use a restoration company and are pleased with their work, let me know in the comment box below.
For those of you who are serious about doing your own restoration, I’ve listed two online courses and a couple of books to get you started.
Photo Restoration Services
- Legacy Multimedia Price: $70 to $150. Contact for a detailed quote.
- Arestov Digital Expressions. No pricing but free quotes
- wowApic.com Price: $5 to $30
- ScanCafe Price: $7 to $40 and up
- PicFix Provide price quotes within 24 hrs.
- Best Photo Repair Price: $13 to $55
- FixUpPix.com Price: $66
- Just Black & White Price: $25 to $125
- The Photo Medic Price $50 to $120
- Image-Restore Price £5 to £31
Photo Restoration Courses
- Photo restoration basics: preserve your family photos. Free, online classes, from HP available 24/7. “Would you like to restore your old, faded photos, edit new photos or learn how to safely store and display your current ones? Learn why photos deteriorate, and how you can rescue them by scanning and making quick fixes using Microsoft® Windows Live Photo Gallery, Snapfish and touchscreen printers. You’ll also learn advanced retouching techniques in Adobe Photoshop Elements and get tips for printing, displaying and backing up your photos.”
- Lynda.com “Helping you learn, master, and apply digital tools and techniques.” Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals Author: Deke McClelland
Photo Restoration Books
- Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching (3rd Edition). “Whether you’re a professional photographer or the family shutterbug, you can’t afford to miss the third edition of the now classic Photoshop Restoration & Retouching. Katrin Eismann and co-author Wayne Palmer have reviewed, updated, and revised every single technique to address the most important features in Adobe Photoshop CS2.”
- Digital Restoration from Start to Finish, Second Edition: How to repair old and damaged photographs. “This thorough compendium of digital photo-restoration techniques, by PT contributing editor Ctein, explains almost anything you could need to know about repairing aged or damaged photographs using a scanner and Photoshop ( with occasional help from some additional software.)-Photo Techniques, Mar-Apr 2007″
Photo by Mike Richardson
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