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Give Old Prints New Life

By Liz Ness  ·  Issue: September/October 2012 (V9N5)

Got old family photos slowly fading in a closet somewhere? It’s time to preserve those precious heirlooms by turning them into digital files.


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9 Replies to Give Old Prints New Life:

  1. Xavier

    September 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    It help me alot hope there are other parts to it

    • Liz

      October 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks Xavier! Stay tuned for more (in the next issue)! =)

  2. Steve

    October 5, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Thank you Liz, a friend of mine was sorting through his images of his mom and asked me to help him clean up and make copies of an old picture he had. Your article is awesome. I did have to scan and perform some major cleanup. I have posted the before and after in my gallery. It is hard to see, the before image was filled with horizontal lines, noise and spots. Clean up was easy, last week I gave my friend his image back along with many copies for his family, he was a bit choked up. Thanks again. Perfect timing.

    • Liz

      October 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks so much for your story, Steve. This made me choke up a bit! Also, I just love the work you’ve done–what an awesome gift for your friend.

      Thanks again,


  3. Robert

    October 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I give up.

    How do I play the video?

  4. Robert

    October 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Forget last message. Finally realized it is to be downloaded as PDF.
    Still learning.
    Sometimes very slowly…

  5. Steve

    October 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    The section about putting the scanner interface back into the Editor is well worth the money. Thanks for the tip.

  6. Hans

    November 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Good article! But just one thing: Saving a working copy or any file you work with as JPG is a bad idea. As you know JPG has a loss compression. So every time you open, edit and save your JPG, you loose data. Even when you just only rotate an JPG – You loose data. So I would suggest to save working copies as PNG. You might get a little bigger files, but you don’t loose data and big harddisks are cheap. Personally I use JPG only when no further editing is needed.

  7. Ann

    December 2, 2012 at 8:05 am

    The instructions for scanning & saving photos was excellent as was the strategy for organizing your images. However, it was disappointing to see this retouching tutorial that left such an obvious line where the crease had been. My clients would not accept results like this.
    By cleaning up an area to sample from on the background, using a larger brush tip that is about 1/3 larger than the area to be repaired, starting with the clone stamp tool first and then the healing brush and sampling from areas above & below the crease to randomize the repair, you can repair a photo like this without any evidence of the retouching in the final image. This takes a few minutes longer but is well worth it.
    As a finishing touch, use the clone stamp tool at 40% (or make a copy (CTL J) of layer 2 & decrease opacity to 40%) to do some vertical brush strokes over the repaired area. Another tip; even up the lighting between the shoulders & the lower 3/4 of the shirt front.

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