Ctein has arranged the book to work in a kind of project-centric
structure so that readers can pick and chose the information
they want to use. The book covers how to prepare and clean
images for scanning and also provides some excellent tips
on how to scan different materials for the best possible
results in the first place. The book continues with coverage
on how to restore color, improve skin tones, repair scratches,
tears, stains and other issues. The information available
is quite in depth and to be honest it might lose the less
proficient imageer. As Photoshop is used throughout the book,
I recommend that you at least develop a decent level of familiarity
with the software before attempting some of the complex and
effective techniques presented by Ctein.
The last sections of the book are devoted to printer profiling methods,
black and white toning, display and storage of prints for longevity
and digital archiving. Although they're quite good, these sections nevertheless
remain a bit thin on the ground and could have done with some expansion,
especially considering the high level of detail in the rest of the book.
Overall I enjoyed Digital Restoration From Start to Finish as I work
with a lot of analog media. However I would like to see this book rewritten
in part to include original digital media. That would in my opinion
complete this otherwise excellent volume.
Cons: Little coverage of the process of recovering badly
degraded digital images. No content CD with images and materials
for the tutorials.
Pros: Professional and extensive coverage of the issues
surrounding handling old and damaged materials and photos.
Ctein has produced an excellent reference which will teach
even the most experienced of us a trick or two. It is highly
technical and comprehensive look at the issues which will
affect the restoration of old and damaged images and also
one which offers much in the way of effective solutions for
the imageer to use in solving these problems. Digital Restoration
From Start to Finish is a hefty and well presented reference
book, in the tradition of several other excellent creative
photography titles I've reviewed from Focal Press. Highly