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Chapter 1The Big Picture

Where Do You Want to Go Today?

When I sat down to plan this book, I quickly realized that the ideal photo restoration workflow was an elusive and possibly even mythological creature. Oh yes, in the broadest sense there’s a clear-cut pattern: scan the original photograph into your computer, use the image processing program of your choice to correct the defects, print the finished photograph, and archive the restored images digital file. The organization of this book reflects that flow.

The problem with that facile prescription is that it glosses over the real work that’s hidden in the three magic words correct the ...

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