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Think back to the last time you browsed through your photo collection. You probably didn’t get very far before you thought to yourself, “This picture would have been great if only. . . .” If only the exposure had been better. I only that big plant, sign, or other distracting object wasn’t cluttering up background. If only the print hadn’t been sitting for 30 years in the basement being attacked by mildew, dirt, and paper-munching bugs. In years past, you either had to live with the damaged photos or pay big bucks to have them professionally repaired. Today, thanks to the development of consumer-friendly photo-editing software, you can use your computer to do the job yourself.

Whether you want to fix a 100-year-old family photo or a business shot you took yesterday, Photo Retouching & Restoration For Dummies shows you how. You’ll discover how to:

  • Scan and prep photos for editing
  • Work with photo-editing software
  • Fix the five most common photo flaws
  • Get creative with collages and backgrounds
  • Print photos or share them on the Internet

Here are just some of the things you can do by following the simple, easy-to-understand instructions provided by the book:

  • Bring new life to old, faded photographs
  • Adjust colors throughout the picture or in a certain object
  • Improve exposure and contrast
  • Sharpen focus
  • Cover up flaws such as negative scratches, scanner dust, and dirt
  • Remove unwanted elements from the scene
  • Get rid of red-eye, soften wrinkles, and do other facial retouching
  • Replace a busy background with one that compliments the subject

The techniques in the book use screen shots from Photoshop Elements as illustrations, but you can get the same results using Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, PhotoImpact, or most other intermediate or professional-level photo-editing software. To help you get started, the book comes with a CD-ROM featuring tryout versions of all the programs mentioned above, as well as other useful photography software. And to help you get the hang of color correction and other photo restoration techniques, the book includes 16 pages of full-color before-and-after examples. In short, you get just what you need to jump right in and start turning your flawed photos into frame-worthy masterworks!

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"contains a handy glossary of terms, colour plates and all the information is presented in a friendly and humorous way" (Digital Photography Buyer and User, December 2002)

"an ideal companionshould feature highly on your shopping list" (PC Utilities, December 2002)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764516627
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Adair King is a photographer, graphic designer, and author whose books include Digital Photography For Dummies and Adobe PhotoDeluxe 4 For Dummies.

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Table of Contents


Part I: First Steps.

Chapter 1: Can This Picture Be Saved?

Chapter 2: Creating and Protecting Your Digital "Negatives".

Chapter 3: Prep Work.

Part II: Makeover Magic.

Chapter 4: Correcting Colors.

Chapter 5: Manipulating Focus and Exposure.

Chapter 6: Covering Up Dust, Scratches, and Other Flaws.

Chapter 7: Improving Composition.

Chapter 8: Fixing Faces.

Part III: Finishing Touches.

Chapter 9: Exploring Creative Imagery.

Chapter 10: Preserving and Sharing Your Photos.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 11: Ten Techie Terms You Should Know.

Chapter 12: Ten Tips for More Professional Results.

Chapter 13: Ten Ways to Protect Your Pictures.

Part V: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Software Translators.

Appendix B: Exploring the Bonus CD.


Wiley Publishing End-User License Agreement.

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