Chapter 14. Repairing Black-and-White Pictures

Why is it that the pictures you care about most are the ones that inevitably fade, get wrinkled, get chewed up by the dog, or fall prey to so many other disasters? It probably has some relation to Murphy’s Law—whatever can go wrong, will.

The good news, though, is that you’re not totally stuck when your kid smears peanut butter on the only decent picture of great-grandma, or the cat thinks your parents wedding photo is a new cat toy. First, as soon as you discover the damage, wipe off any residual cat slobber or other foreign substances, if you can do it without damaging the photo any more. The second thing is to scan it into your computer.

Of course, you should have already done that with all the most ...

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