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Subject: Re: Renovation of a photograph
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On Jan 21, 2018, Ken Hart wrote
(in article <p430oq$1c3m$>):

> On 01/21/2018 01:10 PM, David B. wrote:
> > Hi
> >
> > My elderly sister managed to send me a photograph today of our
> > grandfather. It was taken before he was killed during the first World War.
> >
> > Here is a copy of same:-
> >
> > How best can the image be improved?
> First, scan it with a flatbed scanner rather than photographing it, so
> you won't have the shadows.
> Second, those creases may show up less depending on which way you turn
> the photo in the scanner, so try four scans rotating the photo a
> quarter-turn for each one. Pick the best.
> Third, I've seen much worse photos than this one. You are lucky to have
> one that has held up so well. Convert it to black and white, increase
> the contrast just a bit, and use cloning to get rid of the creases. Or
> just leave it as is- it's an old photo, let it look old.
> Finally, make (or have made) good quality prints for both you and your
> sister. Go to an art supply store and get a low-acid envelope (or other
> container) for the original, and store it someplace safe for your
> grandchildren.

Here is a fix from a flatbed scan.
The big caveat is to be patient and meticulous with all the correction work 
in PS, and use layers.

Original scan with fix:


Fix without matte:


Fix with matte: