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I have an old black and white photograph that is torn into two pieces, a scanner I can set to scan up to 1200 dpi, and Adobe CS2 -- but absolutely NO experience with using CS2, and no instruction manual.

First question: in order to create a single file that my mother -- to whom the photograph belongs -- can then have reprinted, do I do one scan or two?

Second question: What steps do I then take to merge the two "pieces" of the photograph back together?

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ericpete,

I would recommend starting by positioning the sections of the photo on your scanner flatbed as close as possible to the correct relative positions for the various parts. In my experience, it may take 2-3 pre-scans to get the positioning correct, but it's usually easier to get the relationships and scale correct that way. Unless you plan to try to print at a size larger than the original, I wouldn't scan at a ppi higher than 300, anything bigger will simply take longer and make it harder to manipulate the file.

Once you have the scan, you'll mostly be using the clone tool to copy sections of the image and move them / replace them. Here's a pretty good tutorial on using the tools to repair a photo:
http://www.photoshoptalent.com/photoshop-tutorials/repair-old-photos.php

Cheers,
LHerrou
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lherrou,

Is there any preferred format the image should be saved as? (bmp, tif, jpg)...

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I would generally recommend saving your working file as a PSD (native Photoshop format). If you will be transporting it to a different computer for printing, I would suggest TIF. JPG is a Lossy format, each time you save it you compress it, introducing artifacts.
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lherrou,

Thank you for the tips. I've shown the original and the finished version following the instructions you found, which were perfect; about the only thing that really threw me a curve was setting the guides, which apparently have nothing to do with where you set the ruler -- but after that, it went pretty smoothly.

To put this photo in perspective, the woman standing is my mother, and the photo was taken nominally three years before I was born.

Thank you for your invaluable assistance.

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Thanks again, Todd!
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