Chapter 10. Repairing Damaged Photos

Damage, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Show the same series of photos to five different people and ask them to point out the mistakes, and you’ll get five different answers. Always ask your clients if there’s anything they wish were different—you’ll be surprised at the answers. Sometimes it’ll be a simple crop or color change. Other times, it’ll require cloning someone out of a group shot because he no longer works for the company.

Always ask—don’t assume that what they gave you is perfect. Then look for the obvious things: Color-correct the image first. (If you skipped it, take a look at Chapter 9.) Then look for physical damage, digital anomalies, or blemishes. Finally, check for alignment and ...

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