Photo Retouching Treasure Your Eternal Memories

By: Jams Smith | Posted: 04th May 2011

Photo Retouching is the practice of image editing techniques to photographs so as to create an illusion or deception through analog or digital means. These photographs are snapshots in time for remembrance of people, places, and things in our lives. They also capture important events in our lives, and serve to adorn our memories.They hold a special place and we value them. They are safely kept in picture frames, photo albums and display them , so as to cherish them forever.

Environmental factors like exposure to humidity, sunlight , temperature, handling, and the breakdown of the chemicals and photographic material are boon in diguise and are used in the developing of the photographs process.



Immemorial Photo and Digital Photo Retouching Mode :


When photographs are damaged or deteriorated, we wish to look them the way they were when new. Retouching reconstruct the damaged photographs and then restore them either close to, or to near some extent. With the advancement of these techiques, one can simply improve the photographs. Earlier theses changes were performed by skilled traditional photo specialists in their darkrooms. Artist brushes, fixers, toners, retouching dyes and other chemicals, enlargers, mixing pallets, film tanks, baths are few inculded darkness equipments. These changes were retouched by hand with artist brushes, dyes as a helping hand and big enlargers were used for addition and substraction of exposure of prints and filters for contrast.




How ever, tools for digital retouching experts include scanners, computers with high-end photo-editing software (ex. Adobe Photoshop®, Corel Painter®, Paint Shop Pro®), high resolution monitors, and photo quality printers, paper and inks. Here, this retouching is done with the help of mouse or table pen, and then this work is saved as electronic files that can be easily printed, emailed, or stored on removable media such as a CD-ROM or even DVD. Unsharp Mask, Dodging and Burning, and Contrast has their roots in the traditional, non-digital photo world are some of the digital photo retouching features found in the high-end photo-editing software.




The digital photo retouching involves:



• scan a photograph or a film

• perform the photo retouching using photo-editing software

• print out the photograph

• store the work on a removable medium such as CD-ROM.


Things to be taken care of before going for Photo Retouching :
Firstly, Make sure you own it or have written permission to work on, before you submit a photograph for retouching. Incase you do not own it and also do not have written permission to work on it, then it will be a violation of the US Copyright law.





Secondly, Consider well how it would affect you if the photograph was damaged or lost in transit, before mailing any valued photographs to a photo retouching company. And it is always wisely advisable to take your photograph to a well reputable Photo Lab and get it scanned and placed on a CD-ROM. Then you can then mail the CD-ROM to the particular Photo Retouching Company, or else you can copy and attach the scanned photograph to an Email message, and send it via Email, as per your convenience.

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