Advanced Digital Photo Retouching: A CHEAP AND EASY APPROACH FOR LIBRARIANS AND ARCHIVISTS
Photos can end up in library collections and archives for myriad reasons. As libraries and archives strive for digital preservation to make their holdings more widely accessible and to create electronic analogues of physical objects, the issue of photo retouching can appear. Sometimes photo retouching is used to make the object more adaptable for display within the library or archives. Photographic retouching and restoration (R&R) is an obvious solution for damaged or degraded images. Sounds easy -- just fix it up and use "cosmetic surgery" to improve or restore an old image. Software overhead expense may also be a factor in considering digital R&R. Top-of-the-line retouching software costs big bucks, and you still might be on the hook for labor costs. Authenticity is important for libraries, especially for archives. Once you've transformed a seriously damaged historic photo into a high-quality, razor-sharp, digital image, easily usable for display printing or for publication, you face the authenticity question.
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