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Photo Restoration: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Robert Correll

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4. Cleaning the Surface

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The Secrets to Cleaning

I have to admit it. I love cleaning photos. It’s a practical, positive act that improves how photos look, often dramatically. The funny thing is, most people won’t even know it. They’ll see the end result, which is the final photo you print and frame (or post online). They won’t see the specks, dust, lint, or other gobs of stuff you’ve laboriously covered up at a magnification level of 1000%. That’s okay. We know.

To get there from here, you need to learn some of the secrets to cleaning. There is more to it than just pointing a tool at a photo and letting ’er rip. That’s what this chapter is about: ...

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