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Q: photo restoration ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: photo restoration
Category: Sports and Recreation > Hobbies and Crafts
Asked by: coverlea-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 11 Jun 2006 00:04 PDT
Expires: 11 Jul 2006 00:04 PDT
Question ID: 737141
I would like to know what the 5 top photo restoration softwares are
and a short review on each of them.  Thank you
Subject: Re: photo restoration
Answered By: crabcakes-ga on 11 Jun 2006 21:12 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Coverlea,

   I am not familiar with any photo restoration program that just
?fixes? an old photo, without some "elbow grease", or mouse grease in
this context!  One must learn to select the areas of the photo to be
restored and work on them using the various tools that come with
graphics programs. Many photo programs will lighten, darken, and do
some fancy effects, but for custom tear, fold, and missing corners
repairs, I?d recommend sticking with the first three programs:

Paint Shop Pro
Personally, this is my program of choice. I use this fairly
inexpensive program for restoring old photos and a host of other
graphics projects. It has a somewhat steep learning curve: meaning you
don?t just point and click? you need to match colors, learn to fade,
contrast, smudge, clone and use other tools. There are numerous free
tutorials online for learning this program.

Tips and How To?s

Adobe Photo Shop
The industry standard. Wonderful and equally pricey.

Tips and How-To?s

Ulead Photo Impact
?Ulead® PhotoImpact® 11 is a complete image-editing suite with
easy-to-use tools for all your image and photo-editing needs. My
Workspace fits the program layout to your style, simplifying everyday
editing tasks such as acquiring, correcting, e-mailing and printing.
Advanced features such as RAW data support, SmartRemove scene
compositing and SmartCurves auto-tone enhancement match today's
sophisticated cameras. An extensive set of graphics, painting, montage
and Web design tools give you the power to realize your vision.
Whether you're new to digital photography or want to take creative
expression to the next level, PhotoImpact 11 makes professional image
editing easy.?

?Find your pictures in a snap with the Quick Search Bar. Touch up your
pictures using editing features like the Photo Repair tool. Create
inspiring Flash slideshows set to your favorite music. Burn your
images to CD or VCD. Share your photo albums with friends and family
online or by e-mail. Plus, with a range of failsafe storage features,
you'll never lose a single photograph.?

Power Retouche
A plug in for Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Photo Shop.
?Power Retouche Photoshop plug-ins for high quality photo retouching
and image editing. Our Photoshop plug-ins solve your photo problems.
Discover exciting new photo retouching methods. We are offering a huge
discount on the Pro pack. FULL 16 BIT, 48 BIT, 64 BIT SUPPORT.
Photoshop plug-ins for photo retouching in Photoshop and other plugin
compatible hosts...?

Focus Magic
This is an interesting piece of software, that I did not know about
till now. It looks like a somewhat useful application, but to me, it
does not appear to be a stand alone program. It might make a nice
addition to other software.

Focus Magic "Breakthrough in Photo Restoration Software Technology 
Using revolutionary technology Focus Magic corrects both out-of-focus
blur and motion blur in photographs.  It works both as a Windows
stand-alone program and as a Photoshop plug-in for Windows or the Mac.
  Focus Magic works as a plug-in for Photoshop (including Photoshop
Elements and LE), Paint Shop Pro, PhotoImpact, ACD's FotoCanvas,
Corel's PhotoPaint (part of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite) and other image
editing programs.?

Books such as this one may interest you as well:

I hope this is the information you were seeking. If anything is
unclear, please ask for clarification, before rating.

Regards, Crabcakes

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Photo restoration applications
coverlea-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Great answer - thank you

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