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Historian alert: I want to get some really REALLY ancient family photos restored. Can you advise please?

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Fauve Fri 08-Aug-08 02:27:45

We have hundreds of really interesting and lovely family photos in varying states of repair. Having asked at Jessops and Snappy Snaps, it looks like we should:

- buy a good scanner
- scan in the lot - thousands of them
- get ds to improve them on Photoshop
- get prints made of those we want in hard copy

Whaddya think? Will it work? the photos are of immense genealogical interest, and the extended family are gagging to see them.

In the short term, does anyone know of a place to get good restorations of a few prints done? I had a place but it's closed down sad sad. I have to get the prints out to the old folks before they pop their clogs! Jessops charge £20 per print!!!!!!!!!

nannynick Fri 08-Aug-08 07:22:55

Yes, sounds a good plan. However, you may want to play with some other software. While photoshop is very good, it is hard to learn to do.
You will find graphics packages especially designed for photo restoration these days, which are easier to use, more point and click.
For example, try Focus Magic

For someone to do it for you, try TornCorner. They have different levels of service - you may find their most basic service which is under £10 per photo is sufficient for most photos. You get one 6x4 print, additional prints cost £2-£5.50 depending on size and if you order them at the same time as the restoration.

As you have more than one picture to be done, ask them for a quote for all the pictures you need doing urgently. You could then have them all done as prints and put on a DVD.

LargeGlassofRed Fri 08-Aug-08 07:28:07

I did as you suggest, it took a little while to get used to photoshop but the images are amazing now,

Shoshe Fri 08-Aug-08 07:33:47

I used PhotoImpact to do all ours, they look brill.

Fauve Fri 08-Aug-08 18:58:44

Thank you all so much for these. I will definitely get onto TornCorner, nannynick - presumably I'll have to send off the hard copies registered post or something.

Ds has learnt Photoshop as part of his <<whisper it>> Media Studies GCSE, so he won't mind showing off his skills.

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