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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.
Most transparency adapters that come with scanners are for 35-millimeter film and slides. But 35 millimeter probably won't be the only film and negative size you'll see in your family photograph collection. Many old cameras use large format film, resulting in negatives that were very much larger than 35 millimeter film. Negative sizes are extremely varied. The large formats include 4 x 5, 5 x 7, 4 x 10, even 8 x 10. Over 8 x 10 is considered ultra large format, and these are very rare.
If you have anything this large, they won't fit on your adapter. You'll have to lay them down, scan them, turn them around, scan them again, and then stitch them together in Photoshop Elements. Some will fit in your transparency adapter, and some won't. If it doesn't fit in the adapter, you can either invest in a higher-end scanner, or use a local scanning service. Even though there may be a few exceptions where professional scanning is necessary with a little ingenuity, most of your transparent images should be easily scanned with today's home scanners.
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