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You can't judge the whole truth of the damage to a photograph just by looking at it. There's damage you won't be able to see with the naked eye, some that might even be hard to see under a loupe, or a magnifying glass. You need to scan the image, bring it into Photoshop, and then look it over to figure out what you need to do next. For example, let's do a mini-assessment on a couple of photographs here. We can see there's some staining over here on the edges, some other spots of staining, some specks, and some spots down here. Let's look at this one, and we have some creases, a very noticeable crease right here, a little bit of staining, maybe a little rip here, a missing piece here.
It could also use a little color correction. And here we have a very faded photograph. When you get into a faded photograph, the first thing you will want to do is fix the fade, and then you can see some other damage, such as the stain right here, and we see some spots. Here we have a red colorcast. We can also see some little spaces, some spots over here that need to be fixed. And in this one we have pieces, obviously; the photos in pieces. The first thing you want to do is maybe put those pieces together and then tackle some of these other problems, like some tears here, some tape, and other problems that we have after that initial damage is fixed.
I have arranged this course so that once you assess the damage, you can go to the chapter for that damage, for example, fixing color casts or missing pieces. An initial assessment of the damage in your photo will help you figure out what tools you might need and give you an idea of how difficult the work might be. Even if it's just a quick once-over to see how much damage and where it is in an image, it's a good idea to know what you're dealing with before you begin.
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