If your read our last newsletter you may be planning to send images to an online printing company for printing. If you do the images you send must have sufficient — what’s called — resolution. We realize that “image resolution” can be a little difficult to understand. One way to explain photo resolution is to think of it as the “density” or “thickness” of information in a photo.
For example, if you poured two glasses of orange juice, one full and the other 2/3 full and filled the second glass to the top with water, both glasses might look alike.
Looking closely you might be able to tell which glass was not pure orange juice, but if you tasted both you could definitely tell.
The same is true with images that have different — what are called “dots‑per‑inch” — resolutions.
You might be able to see the difference but a printing company can definitely tell. Many printing companies won’t print images without a certain level of resolution, which can be frustrating when the image looks fine on the computer screen.
You can’t rely on looks. You must know the actual dots‑per‑inch resolution. Then you’ll know what is possible to do with the image you are trying to print: generally, if the image is below 300 dots‑per‑inch you need to either get a higher resolution version of it or use a different image.
We wrote about this on Imagener.com: this article tells you how to find the dots‑per‑inch resolution of an image.
If you have an image below 300 dots‑per‑inch there’s still a chance you can use it. One of our customers found a way to get around this. Click here to learn the method to force resolution into images using Imagener.
What’s the best way to restore old or damaged photos? News stories that interview victims of weather or natural events almost always mention lost or damaged photos. Photos showcase important events
in our lives and are often thought of among the most valuable items anyone can lose or have damaged. For paper photos, the older they are, the more likely they are to deteriorate, fade, and tear. Be sure to scan paper photos and backup your digital photo albums.
If you have damaged paper or digital photos, photo restoration repairs, corrects, and enhances photographs so they look like new (or better). Advances in technology make keeping your photographic memories alive much easier.
Modern Photo Restoration
Today, digital processing and photo editing software make restoring old photographs much easier. For paper photo restoration, the photo is scanned and then both digital photos (like those in a smartphone) or paper photo scanned results are altered on the computer using photo editing software such as Photoshop. Photo restoration does not seek to alter the original image. Instead, your photo is digitally altered to create the image anew. Then, you can print it through any photo-printing shop or online service.
Photo restoration usually involves the following processes:
- Adjusting the photo’s tone and contrast
- Repairing damaged or torn photographs
- Correcting fading and other coloring issues
- Enlarging and enhancing photos
Read the rest of the article “Photo Restoration” on Imagener.com