Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video The importance of preserving memories, part of Learning Photo Restoration with Photoshop.
- I want to talk really briefly about the importance of preserving your memories, because that's really what we're doing as soon as we digitize our old prints. We all have shoe boxes full of images and by digitizing them, we freeze them in time. Because right now, they're aging, they're eroding, they're decaying, they're fading and as soon as we bring them into a digital workflow, not only can we restore them, but we can stop time, we can stop that aging process. So it's really important, in doing that, it's really important to have some level of redundancy.
Because in the same way that prints can be damaged and they can disappear, hard drives can fail. So my thing that I want to encourage you, is to have some form of redundancy in your workflow. Backup your files. Now, one of the reasons that I really want to encourage you to use Lightroom as part of your process, is that, by syncing your files in Lightroom, you're introducing redundancy into it. Which is to say that if we capture RAW files with our mobile device, which we'll talk about, they are automatically living, not just on the mobile device but in the cloud.
If we put our files on the desktop and we sync them, they don't just live on the desktop, but on the cloud and anywhere that we share them, like other mobile devices. So that redundancy is built into the workflow that I'm going to show you. So make certain to bring in your memories. At the very least, scan them in or capture them and make sure that you back them up, because this is what we've got. These are the things that people run into flooded and burning buildings to preserve and they're extremely important.
- Scanning versus photographing images
- Using Photoshop Fix for quick restoration
- Using Lightroom to prepare for restoration
- Saving time using bulk/multifile processing
- Hiding flaws and recovering details
- Retouching images in Lightroom
- Working with Smart Objects and layers
- Blurring and sharpening selectively
- Handling rips, creases, and missing pieces
- Dealing with stains and water damage
- Using Content-Aware Scale to adjust images
- Colorizing a photo
- Changing expressions