I messed up my prints, how to restore them?


Link Posted 08/12/2016 - 18:23

So one day I decided to sort out the prints from my film cameras, I got rid of the poor ones, dated and added names with short descriptions on the backs of the keepers.

Having finished all of that, to my horror I realised that the ink had transferred from the back of the photos to the photos underneath, badly staining majority of them.

Having done a bit of Googling, and found out that white spirit removes ink from photos, and it did work rather well indeed. I left them to dry and stacked into one pile a bit later to continue when I had more time.

Now I came back to them, and all the prints are stuck together. The ink transfer has become worse, as I assume white spirit diluted the ink further. Basically an utter mess and the prints are no good now.

We are talking about 100 odd prints here, and I have negatives for all of them. However I believe reprinting random negatives will prove too costly. Thus before going down that road, I was wondering if anyone has any better ideas?

Digitalisation? Good, cheap print house? Scanning the prints and PS? Automagical apps?

I have tried using bellows and a scanner before, but couldn't figure out the colours even after spending hours futzing with it. So not sure that's the route, but willing to try.

Thank you in advance
Pentax K-5 and co.


Link Posted 09/12/2016 - 14:06
I have come across this link which might help http://www.popphoto.com/gear/2011/07/how-to-scan-negatives-using-standard-scanne...

I appreciate that it is a bit late now, but if you want to put identifying detail onto the back of prints, a soft pencil e.g. 6B is probably the safest as the graphite won't bleed. Good luck


Link Posted 10/12/2016 - 13:11
Thank you for the pencil idea, will use that in the future.

Currently thinking that will probably have to either reprint in local store or scan them
Pentax K-5 and co.
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