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AuthorSubject: Early Restoration Work Flow   [Go to Bottom of Page]
Steve Fisk
Posted on Thu Mar 11, 2004 12:12 PM

I am relatively new to doing photo restoration as a business so I am still in a learning curve. Clients are pleased with my work but I am looking for better/more efficient techniques. As a result I would appreciate a critique of my work flow process.

Most of my work involves repairing damaged or deteriorating photos. Many are old, one-of-a-kind prints. I do an initial assessment, as Katrin suggests in her book, and then begin the work process. While there are exceptions I find that the majority of images I work with lend themselves to a very similar early flow.

I save my work in a series of files that comprise progressive stages of change. If I mess up I can alway go back one stage and avoid having to start from scratch. :o)

Step 1 - I normally scan photos with a capture area that is slightly larger than the actual photo. I get it all and save that as my initial file. If I plan to enlarge the image I save it as a Genuine Fractals file.

Step 2 - I open the file in Photoshop (CS), crop the file to the final print size, and save the file. In some cases this may mean dealing with composition issues that should be discussed with the client. The reason I begin with cropping (my theory) is that eliminates image information that may complicate adjusting Levels, etc. If the client wants more than one size of the same print I start with the largest size image.

Step 3 - Once the file is cropped to size I check the histogram and, more often than not, add a Levels adjustment layer. Once the Levels and/or other generic adjustmenst are right I am ready to to begin working on detailed corrections. It seems to me that dealing with broad changes before getting into repair work makes sense.

Let me stop at this point. How am I doing? Have I missed anything? Is any of the logic flawed? Any suggestions for improvement?

Also, at what point is sharpening best performed. I have read differing views on this point. I am currently using Nik Sharpener Pro and am happy with the results but am still a bit fuzzy on timing. Is there something better out there in the way of software?

More questions to follow. :o)


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