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I scanned an old b/w photo of my father from the early 1930's and have it saved as a .pdf.

Is there any "free" software that would enable me to edit/enhance the photo? or should I take this to a commercial printer?
 

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What you need to do is rescan hte photo and save it as a .jpg. Then you will be able to load it into any photo editing program. There are several free photo editing programs like Picasa, The Gimp, Paint.net, etc..
 

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You can use this to extract it in a format like TIFF that can be used in any image editor. http://www.somepdf.com/some-pdf-image-extract.html I would suggest TIFF or PNG over JPG so you don't lose quality.

Your best free image editor IMO is Paint.Net: http://www.getpaint.net/

Any image editor has a learning curve. Paint.Net is about as easy to learn as any full featured image editing program. It will take a lot more than just a few clicks if the image really needs help.
 

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You can use this to extract it in a format like TIFF that can be used in any image editor. http://www.somepdf.com/some-pdf-image-extract.html I would suggest TIFF or PNG over JPG so you don’t lose quality.

Your best free image editor IMO is Paint.Net: http://www.getpaint.net/

Any image editor has a learning curve. Paint.Net is about as easy to learn as any full featured image editing program. It will take a lot more than just a few clicks if the image really needs help.
Thank you for the info -- but I'm still finding the issue of editing images very daunting -- one step @ a time, I guess.
 

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I've sent you my Email address ...
Email me the pdf .. so I can see what we're working with.

Old photos are too precious to not try to save them.
 

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OK .. I'm waiting .. But time out while I watch NCIS.

If this doesn't work ... do you have a library near by ???
They usually have scanners .. and people to help .. and a high speed internet for emailing large file sizes.
 

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This scan is about 150 ppi .. for a 6 inch print ..
I would prefer twice as many pixels (at least).
There is also a lot of jpeg compression artifacts ... I would prefer NO jpeg compression.
I'm not sure if the over exposure is in the original print .. or a scanner problem.

Do you want to look around for a better way to scan ???
or see if the work scanner can do better ??
Whatcha think ???

Did Dad ever grow up and fly ???
 

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This scan is about 150 ppi .. for a 6 inch print ..
I would prefer twice as many pixels (at least).
There is also a lot of jpeg compression artifacts ... I would prefer NO jpeg compression.
I'm not sure if the over exposure is in the original print .. or a scanner problem.

Do you want to look around for a better way to scan ???
or see if the work scanner can do better ??
Whatcha think ???

Did Dad ever grow up and fly ???
My dad did learn how to fly & bought a Cessna 172 back in the late '60's and enjoyed it for 3 years.
He's now 84, living in a care home with Alzheimer's. This photo has been the only one to spark a happy memory and gain a huge smile.

Will take the photo to my library and hopefully they can offer some help.
 

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Be sure to scan all your pictures ... Full color and a high resolution ...
We need the best scan to start with ... Big smiles are really worth the effort.
Send the original scan .. Do not edit it, Let me worry about that.

I see some stuff on the internet about Konnie Jóhannsson's flying school.
Is he the one in the dark suit ??

I've got a few hours in a 152 and 172 ..
But most of my hours off the ground have been without an engine ..
 

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Be sure to scan all your pictures ... Full color and a high resolution ...
We need the best scan to start with ... Big smiles are really worth the effort.
Send the original scan .. Do not edit it, Let me worry about that.

I see some stuff on the internet about Konnie Jóhannsson's flying school.
Is he the one in the dark suit ??

I've got a few hours in a 152 and 172 ..
But most of my hours off the ground have been without an engine ..
will see what I can do. Konnie is on the far left (the tall Icelander) Dad's oldest brother was killed flying his (home-made) glider into a power-line :(
 

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I used to own a 1/4 share of this glider before we sold it to the club...
http://www.aircraftone.com/aircraft/accidents/20001208X08597.asp

This model had little warning that it was about to spin .. But it was fun to fly.
The student survived with a few broken leg bones.
All the accidents I know about .. The pilots survived.

I'll be waiting on more scans.
The scanner @ work is a mfp9050 and supports the following formats:
MTIFF, TIFF, JPEG, PDF
ppi can be increased up to 300
 

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300dpi .. Full Color ...
A TIFF file is preferred but may be too large to Email ... My mail box hold ~ 10Mb at a time.

A JPEG is OK .. If it's not Compressed (too Much) and you can send the original scan.
 

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I used to own a 1/4 share of this glider before we sold it to the club...
http://www.aircraftone.com/aircraft/accidents/20001208X08597.asp

This model had little warning that it was about to spin .. But it was fun to fly.
The student survived with a few broken leg bones.
All the accidents I know about .. The pilots survived.

I'll be waiting on more scans.
I just sent 3 versions in 1 email. Let me know if the size is too large for you to receive.
 
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