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In Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos, professional photo restorer Janine Smith shows how to bring new life to old photos. The course begins with a look at the types of photos that may require restoration, including slides, negatives, prints, and newspaper photos, and options for scanning them. She discusses the types of scanners that are available, from flatbed to film, and the best settings to use for originals. The course then delves into Photoshop Elements tools and techniques to help restore clarity to faded photos and fix problems such as dust, scratches, and tears. Exercise files are included with the course.
An important part of photo restoration that often gets overlooked by the family historian is the inclusion of historical data. The little details of who's in the picture and what's happening that will get lost down the road and nobody knows who that is. How do you attach historical data to a photograph? We use to type out the information and make a copy of it with the photo to put in our records or heaven forbid we'd write on the back of the photograph itself. But with the millions of electronic copies of photos being passed around the Internet today that no longer works very well.
You can however attach information to a photo electronically in the form of metadata, or as it's known in the Elements organizer, captions and notes. Still in the Organizer workspace, we will select this photo and go up to Window and Properties and here you have a space to make all your notes and a caption. Then you Caption you want a good description of what's going on in the photo? Who it is? So we will put Nana and this is her graduation photo, so Nana's graduation.
Down here in Notes, you will want everything you know such as the year of the photo and I believe this is around 1915 and if you know where the photo was taken and this was in New York, and I think that's all I know of this. If you know anything else about your photo it's vital that you put it in there. And you also might want to put things down like what's wrong with this photo? What needs to be fixed? In this, I think there are some Minor dust problems, may be a scratch or two and that's good.
Everything you know about your photo, anything you can put in there that will help somebody who's never seen this before. Just say, you're sending it to a distant cousin who hasn't got this picture and in order for them to pass this down to their children who won't know who this person is at all, you need to put these things in there. You can also add audio recordings if you choose by clicking the speaker. Once you're through putting in all the information you know then close this screen and do this with every photo you can.
It's vital for all the information we know about a photo to be attached to that photo so future generations have the information we do. The old ways don't work anymore but Photoshop Elements 9 gives us a great way to input the data electronically so that it's attached to the photo permanently.
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