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Beginning Photo Retouching and Restoration Using GIMP

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Beginning Photo Retouching & Restoration Using GIMP teaches the reader how to achieve professional results using this high end image editor. You'll learn how to do everything from making dull images "pop" to resurrecting badly damaged photographs deemed beyond any hope of rescue. There's no need to shell out good money month after month for the "big name" software package. GIMP 2.8 is a world-class image editor that wields almost as much power, and is completely free!

Learning the art of photo retouching and restoration is fun and rewarding. Reclaim those treasured images from the ravages of time and neglect, and pass them on to future generations. Beginning Photo Retouching & Restoration Using GIMP will provide you with a wide array of editing exercises to help you develop a high degree of proficiency. Whether you are the designated "family archivist" wanting to preserve your family history, or a professional photographer with a desire to add an extra revenue generating service, this book will be an invaluable aid.

• Shows how to acquire the best scans and digitize large photographs.

• Teaches you how to digitally repair damaged prints, correct color shifts, reclaim lost detail-even colorize black and white images.

• Offers great tips on how to maintain and preserve your newly printed restored photographs, and how to properly store originals.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents at a Glance
  6. Contents
  7. About the Author
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Introduction
  10. Part I: Starting with the Essentials
    1. Chapter 1: An Overview of GIMP 2.8
      1. In This Chapter
      2. Downloading and Installing GIMP 2.8
        1. GIMP for Windows
        2. GIMP for Linux and Unix-Like Systems
        3. GIMP for Mac OS X
      3. The GIMP Interface
      4. The Image Menu
      5. The Image Navigation Bar
      6. The Toolbox and Important Tool Functions
        1. The Selection Tools
        2. The Brush Tools
        3. The Transform Tools
        4. Other Tools
      7. Working with Layers
        1. Layer Groups
        2. Layer Blending Modes
      8. Plug-ins to Enhance GIMP
      9. Summary
    2. Chapter 2: Digitizing Your Photos, Slides, and Negatives
      1. In This Chapter
      2. Acquiring Your Digital Images
      3. Starting with a Clean Scan
      4. Scanning Photographs
      5. Digitizing Large Images
        1. Find a Service Provider
        2. Use Your Camera and Tripod
        3. Scanning Photos in Sections
      6. Scanning Slides and Negatives
        1. Before You Start
        2. Using the Auto-Settings
        3. Scanning Resolution for Transparencies
      7. Straightening and Cropping Your Images
      8. Summary
  11. Part II: Tone, Exposure, and Color
    1. Chapter 3: Correcting Tone and Exposure
      1. In This Chapter
      2. Common Tonal Problems
        1. Using the Histogram to Assess Tonality
        2. Using the Color Picker Tool to Track Tonality
        3. Using Sample Points
      3. The Brightness-Contrast Dialog
        1. Tutorial 1: Brightness-Contrast Adjustment
      4. Tonal Correction Using Levels
        1. Tutorial 2: Correcting Contrast with Levels
        2. Tutorial 3: Using the Eyedroppers in Levels
        3. Tutorial 4: Enhancing Detail with Levels
      5. Tonal Corrections Using Curves
        1. Tutorial 5: Correcting Contrast with Curves
        2. Tutorial 6: Tonal Adjustment Using Curves (with Local Adjustments)
      6. Tonal Corrections Using Layer Blend Modes
        1. Tutorial 7: Correcting an Underexposed Image
        2. Tutorial 8: Correcting an Overexposed Image
      7. Summary
    2. Chapter 4: Color Correction and Restoration
      1. In This Chapter
      2. Common Color Problems
      3. Color Essentials
        1. Additive Color
        2. Subtractive Color
        3. The Color Picker Tool
        4. Color Channels
      4. Correcting Color Casts
        1. Tutorial 9: Correcting a Color Cast (No. 1)
        2. Tutorial 10: Correcting a Color Cast (No. 2)
      5. Correcting and Restoring Color
        1. Tutorial 11: Color Correction with Levels (No. 1)
        2. Tutorial 12: Color Correction with Levels (No. 2)
        3. Tutorial 13: Restoring Severe Color Loss
        4. Tutorial 14: Restoring an Uneven Color Shift
      6. Summary
    3. Chapter 5: Creative Use of Color
      1. In This Chapter
      2. Reimagine Your Pictures
      3. Converting Color into Black and White
        1. Tutorial 15: Converting Color to Black and White (No. 1)
        2. Tutorial 16: Converting Color to Black and White (No. 2)
        3. Tutorial 17: Converting Color to Black and White (No. 3)
      4. Digital Sepia Toning
        1. Tutorial 18: Converting Color to Sepia (No. 1)
        2. Tutorial 19: Converting Color to Sepia (No. 2)
      5. Selective Colorizing
        1. Tutorial 20: Mixing Color with Black and White
        2. Tutorial 21: Mixing Color with Sepia
      6. Colorizing Black-and-White Images
        1. Tutorial 22: Colorizing Black-and-White Images
      7. Summary
  12. Part III: Digital Clean-up & Repairing Damage
    1. Chapter 6: Dust, Light Scratch, and Stain Removal
      1. In This Chapter
      2. Digital Cleanup with GIMP
      3. Removing Dust and Crud from Images
        1. Tutorial 23: Removing Dust from a Slide
        2. Tutorial 24: Removing Dust and Light Scratches
        3. Tutorial 25: Removing Stains
      4. Summary
    2. Chapter 7: Repairing Moderate and Heavy Damage
      1. In This Chapter
      2. Repairing Moderate Damage
        1. Covering Up the Damage
        2. Tutorial 26: Patching Damaged Areas
        3. Tutorial 27: Repairing Moderate Damage
      3. Repairing Heavy Damage
        1. Tutorial 28: Repairing Heavy Damage
      4. Summary
  13. Part IV: Retouching Faces, Fun Projects, Preserving Your Images
    1. Chapter 8: Editing Portraits and Recomposing Images
      1. In This Chapter
      2. Retouching Portraits
        1. Diminishing Imperfections and Removing Distractions
        2. Tutorial29: Portrait Retouch
        3. Tutorial 30: Brightening Teeth
      3. Recomposing Images
        1. Replacing Backgrounds
        2. Tutorial 31: Replacing a Background (No. 1)
        3. Tutorial 32: Replacing a Background (No. 2)
        4. Removing People
        5. Tutorial 33: Removing a Person
      4. Summary
    2. Chapter 9: Sharpening Images
      1. In This Chapter
      2. Sharpening—The Final Step
      3. The Unsharp Mask Filter
      4. High Pass Sharpening
        1. Tutorial 34: Sharpening Using the High Pass Filter
      5. Emboss Sharpening
        1. Tutorial 35: Sharpening Using the Emboss Filter
      6. Summary
    3. Chapter 10: Fun and Artistic Projects with Your Photos
      1. In This Chapter
      2. Turn Photos into Digital Works of Art
        1. Add Artistic Functionality with G’MIC
        2. Art Project No. 1: Salvaging “Unfixable” Photos
      3. Creating Collages
        1. Art Project No. 2: Assembling a Collage
      4. Summary
    4. Chapter 11: Printing and Preserving Your Images
      1. In This Chapter
      2. Photo-Quality Printers
        1. Ink-Jet Printers
        2. Dye-Sublimation Printers
      3. Protecting and Preserving Your Prints
        1. Archiving Your Prints
        2. Displaying Your Prints
      4. Storing Images Digitally
        1. How Long Will Digital Images Last?
        2. Video Montages
      5. Summary
      6. Closing Thoughts
  14. Part V: Appendix
    1. Appendix: Useful Resources for GIMP
      1. GIMP Resources
        1. The Official GIMP Web Site Tutorials Page
        2. GIMP’s Official Google+ Page
        3. Partha’s Place
        4. GIMP Magazine
        5. gimpusers.com
      2. Photo Retouching, Editing, and Restoration
        1. RetouchPRO
        2. Whitt’s Image Works Free Digital Portrait Backgrounds
      3. Photographic Equipment
        1. B&H Photo-Video-Pro Audio
      4. Specialty Film Processing
        1. Film Rescue International
      5. Archival CD and DVD Media
        1. GotMedia.com
      6. Protective Inkjet Spray
        1. Ink2Image
  15. Index