The Second Edition of Digital Restoration from Start to Finish: How to repair old and damaged photographs by Ctein has recently been published. (As we sometimes remember to mention, the name is pronounced "kuh-TINE" and it's his whole legal name.) Changes since the first edition are that the chapter on software has been completely rewritten; the examples are all new; a new chapter called "Beautification," about how to make pictures look better, has been added; there's a new section to help aid in diagnosing problems; and there's now better separation between the main text and the more than 80 How-To's. Changes throughout the text reflect refinements in presentation and methods and account for the use of more powerful computers and non-destructive editing.
The book is published by Focal Press, meaning that the editing and presentation are first rate.
The chapters are:
- The Big Picture
- Hardware for Restoration Work
- Software for Restoration
- Getting the Photo Into the Computer
- Restoring Tone
- Restoring Color
- Making Masks
- Damage Control
- Tips, Tricks, and Enhancements
- Printing Tips
- Archiving and Permanence
You can order a signed copy of Digital Restoration from Start to Finish through Ctein's website, or, if it's more convenient for you, you can order it through Amazon U.S. or Amazon U.K. There's also a PDF of the introduction and sections of several chapters available for download at the first link.
Finally, if you want to save some money, Ctein will be having a sale on the book at a later date, which we'll alert you to when the time comes.
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Featured Comment by Scott Dommin: "I have the first edition of the book, which Ctein was kind enough to sign for me. It's the best book on the subject, bar none. The second edition should be even better. Even if you're not currently restoring a photo, you can flip through the book and be amazed at what is possible these days."
Featured Comment by Bahi: "I haven't yet read the book (shameful admission…I'm going to put that right shortly) but do have an idea of how good it might be, assuming that the author doesn't hold his cards too close to his chest.
"I recently asked Ctein to restore some very old photographs for a client and just had a chance to look at some of the incomplete work in progress. It may be unfinished but it's already beginning to look eye-poppingly good—there's genuine highlight detail in some of these pictures that we simply couldn't see in the originals. I'm not able to rule out the possibility that time travel was involved in obtaining the highlight detail (consider: long beard, interest in spacecraft, physics degree, clever fella, endless supply of dye transfer paper which Kodak stopped making sixteen years ago, etc.) but either way, we're talking about a book written by something of a wizard."