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Family Photos

Okey, this is definitely the last post on my family, the howling wolves of deadlines are baying at the door, henceforth I’ll be focused on the present and the tasks in hand.

However I just wanted to show what a wonderful tool Photoshop can be for retouching. As various older members of the family have passed on my father’s house has become a repository for a growing collection of old family photos, some of them in very poor condition. So I’ve been scanning them in and doing what I can to make some of the more important shots more presentable. It’s amazing what can be done:

Anne Hern (born 1850) – original scan of a very faded photograph before retouching.

Anne Hern after painstaking cleaning up and judicious use of Photoshop’s light/shadow & saturation tools.

The Shelley family around 1932, my father is the toddler propped on the back of the bike. Original scan with nasty creases.

The same image after careful retouching with Photoshop’s clone tool.

In such a way have I been avoiding work and thinking of my family. I’ve a lot of pictures of my mother’s family too, but since she’s now gone there’s plenty of time to work on those. But its back to work now! As my forever practical wife says, I should worry more about providing for those still around me than those who are no longer with us!

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