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Books

The first book is good for learning advanced features of Photoshop Elements to restore, retouch, and repair damaged photos. The second book is a comprehensive reference book on VueScan.


Photo Restoration KwikGuide

The first section (34 pages) covers a brief overview of scanning and the fundamentals of Photoshop Elements. Fundamentals includes straightening, cropping, layers, selection tools, and feathering. This is a good way for people to learn the basic Photoshop tools needed before diving into repairing photos.

The second section (43 pages) covers photo restoration. Topics include fixing scratches and marks, recreating missing pieces, fixing dark photos, removing color casts, sharpening blurry photos, making photos pop, and more. I found the layout of the book difficult to follow until I realized that section headers were in red print and subsection headers were in green print. On the other hand, the instructions are easy to follow and there are plenty of screenshots and example photos in each section.

This book is good if you may be fairly new to Photoshop Elements and want an introduction to restoring and repairing photos.

Photo Restoration KwikGuide
A Step-by-Step Guide for Repairing Photographs with Photoshop Elements
by Gary W. Clark

The VueScan Bible: Everything You Need to Know for Perfect Scanning

The name fits. This is a 165 page book that explains every single feature and option in VueScan. It contains a lot of background information on each option as well. For example, 13 pages are devoted just to color spaces and profiles. One entire chapter is devoted to resolution and scanning, another chapter covers file formats, and yet another chapter covers scanning media such as slides and negatives.

If you use VueScan, this is an incredibly helpful reference book.

The VueScan Bible: Everything You Need to Know for Perfect Scanning
by Sascha Steinhoff

Websites

Scan Your Entire Life

This is likely the best "family photo scanning" blog on the internet. Curtis is a prolific writer and has a large number of informative articles on his website. They are in-depth articles on various topics related to organizing, naming, and scanning family photos.

Scan Your Entire Life
Create That Photo Collection You've Always Wanted
by Curtis Bisel


Preserving History

This site explains how to digitize and archive historical photographs, documents, and audio recordings. James's website is extensive in scope and is someone with a lot of experience in the field of digital archiving. His chapter on scanning covers good and best practices for making archival master images from photographs.

Preserving History
How to Digitally Archive and Share Historical Photographs, Documents, and Audio Recordings
by Jim Kennedy


Scanning Basics 101

An oldie but a goodie. Wayne's site contains a large number of short technical articles on a variety of topics related to scanning photos. Many of his articles applies to images from digital cameras, as well.

Scanning Basics 101
A few scanning tips
by Wayne Fulton