Heading Out

Seeking the winds that help to sail on Shakespeare's tide.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

A Quiet Afternoon

Since the Actress was treading the boards for the final matinee of the present production, I restored a couple of photographs - from 1915 and 1917, they both showed small signs of the emulsion lifting off the paper and the odd scratch and defect, so it took four hours to do the two. I use Photoshop and follow two books "The Photoshop Book for digital photographers" by Scott Kelby, and "Photoshop Restoration and Retouching" by Katrin Eismann (second edition), which are invaluable. The tiny dots all over the faces can be treated by adding a blur and then using the history brush to paint in either dark or light pixels to the affected area. While it works it takes a while since you have to do it about twice, but it allows you to keep a lot of the detail.

I also decided that we needed a better printer to produce good enough quality prints to send back to the UK, and got an HP that also works wirelessly. All I need now is for the Engineer to come home so that it can be properly installed. Wonder when that wil be ?


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