Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Scanning Old Photos

The Vermilye Family, 1977

A word of warning.  Be very careful of starting a project to scan a couple of old family photos!  A couple has so far turned into over 500 prints, negatives & slides, and there is no end in sight. 

I have an old Epson 3170 Photo flatbed scanner which has a built in light source for slides & negatives, so the mechanics are OK, however it takes forever to clean up each photo. So far I've only run a hundred or so through Photoshop  - I'm trying to do a bunch each evening. For those that have never used it, the Content-Aware Healing Brush is a lifesaver.  Good for getting rid of scratches, dust, various blobs of strange colors, etc.  I'm not sure it is accurate enough to use on presentation images, but it works well for family photos.

For anyone interested in viewing the project, it starts here:  Old Family Photos.

Till next time!

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