I'm scanning, archiving and re-printing several old scrapbooks for my parents.
Most pictures are b/w and were taken in the 1920s and 1930s.
I need some help finding the BEST "automatic" photo restoration software - as I have 100's of photos to scan, restore and re-print. For a few, I've been manually adjusting levels, contrast, despeckle, etc. But it takes forever and I really don't know what I'm doing. I'm just now learning about curves.
The Extensis Intellihance Quick Enhance feature works PERFECTLY on about 25% of the photos. The rest, it makes worse.
I have the following tools:
Photoshop Restoration and Retouching - ISBN 0-7357-1350-2
HP office Jet 7100 all in one scanner/printer
Scan resolution, hardware
Up to 1200 x 4800 DPI
Up to 48-bit
Adobe Photoshop CS, Fireworks 2004 MX, Paint Shop Pro 7.0
-Extensis Intellihance Pro 4.0
MIGHT PURCHASE SOFTWARE
-I am about ready to purchase ImageDoctor - $99
-I am about ready to purchase FocusMagic - $45
-I'm thinking about purchasing ASF SHO - but their plug ins are a bit pricey.
For my current scrapbook - I've already scanned in all the photos at 300 DPI. I find 1200 DPI crashes my PC - which is a Pentium 4 with 2.66 mhtz and 992 Ram.
But I'm wondering if I need better scanning software. I'm using HP's software that came with the hp office jet 7110. Can you recommend better?
I'm giving 500 points for this complex question.