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Photograph restoration is distinct from photograph manipulation. The intent is to restore the image to a version which is as close as possible to the original photograph.
Sepia and fading
Over time, when exposed to light, photograph ink fades causing an eventual loss of detail. In addition to this, older photographs used a sepia ink, which detract from the purer tones offered by true black and white. With restoration, faded details can be strengthened and sepia tones removed. The resulting photograph is a fresher, more vivid image which is truer to the original image.
Creases & creasing
When a photograph is not stored in an album or in a frame, repeated handling over many years will result in creased areas of the paper, sometimes causing the loss of important detail. As with torn paper, creases in the image can be restored if the lost details occur in unimportant regions of the photograph.
Tears & tearing
Severe creasing can lead to the tearing of the photograph's paper. Such damage will usually result in the loss of some of the image. The replacement of the lost imagery is possible when it occurs in non-essential (background) areas. Tearing of important features (such as a face) can also be replaced if it isn't too severe.
Stains & staining
Staining can occur when photographs are stored alongside any fluids which are contained in unsecure vessels. This can be from anything such as inks, paints, oils or grease-stains from fingerprints or carelessly positioned foods.
Severe staining and image loss
Severe image loss can result from a variety of inappropriate conditions which may occur at any point during an old photograph's lifespan. From attempted amateur alteration to severe staining, which leave the image partially destroyed. Such image loss is not always recoverable, but there might be examples for which digital restoration may provide a cure.
 
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