2.4 Retouching a Scanned Photograph

Photographs deteriorate over time, so if you’re digitalizing your old family photos, you may want to restore them to their original glory. Even if your photo is brand-new, your scanner may not capture the image exactly as it is. Although you can make adjustments to your images using your scanner’s software, GIMP gives you greater control and is much more powerful.

Correcting Colors

Figure 2-87 shows a photo album page that was scanned at 300 ppi. The photos were developed in 1975 and have since deteriorated. A transparent sheet is also stuck to the page and is visible in the bottom photograph. We would like to restore all of these photographs at some point, but here we focus on the top left photo.

Figure 2-87. The ...

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