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    Question How to copy pictures from the 1970s?

    I have about a dozen baby pictures from the 1970s that I would like to copy for my sister. However, when I copy them, the colors are so terrible you can't really see anything on the picture. Does anyone know if I take them to Walmart or Walgreens if they can copy them so they look good?

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    I have had good luck with copying my pics at Walmart.

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    If the original picture is good, I have been happy with the Kodak kiosks at Walmart. You can do them yourself or ask for help if you have trouble using the computer prompts. They turn out as good if not better than the original. I took in a regular size 3 X 4 and had it blown up and cropped for a 5 X 7 to frame for a funeral.

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    Thank you so much for the quick response. I found a program on the computer (who knew!) that is copying them pretty well for me. I learn something new every day
    Heather

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    great to know about the walmat thing... i may need that in the near future
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    Everybody's pictures from the 70's have poor color. It has to do with the way they were processing during that period. You may be able to scan them and work with a program like photoshop to improve them.

    They are worth scaning so all the family can have copies. Nothing like old family pictures to treasure.
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    Scan the images at 400 dpi. Download to a flash drive and then take them for printing.

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    Thank you!
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    I scan my photos then put them in my photo program and recolor them. But do you remember back then is when the so called 'magnetic' photo albums came into being? Since then I've taken all the photos, out of my 55 albums and put them in those photo/video boxes (down to 18 of those and easier to put on the shelf). Practically all the photos in those horrid magnetic things, are discolored, some even with lines. In the late 70's, I started buying 3 ring binders and the inserts that held 3x5's (my choice of size as they fit in envelopes). Photos from then forward are fine.
    Have done numerous slide shows for birthday and anniversary events, and the photos in the flash drives look good.

    It's fun to redo the ones from the 70's, most are quite presentable except for the lines. Good luck.

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    Another option I found and am in love with: scanning! If you don't have a scanner, you might consider the Kodak P811 or similar if they stopped making this one. It is considered a personal scanner and is extremely portable. I took it to our family reunion last year and was able to get some wonderful pictures I didn't know existed. I got my father's Boot Camp graduation picture during WW2. It is very easy to use, very portable (can run on batteries if necessary), and those old pictures are priceless. Pictures are scanner onto a SD Card. Upload onto your computer and then got to Wal-greens website and have them print out good quality pictures. Much cheaper on ink. Good luck.

    Amazon still has it. http://www.amazon.com/Kodak-P811-Per.../dp/B004J8HWIM
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    My husband and I use a software product called Jasc Paint Shop Pro to improve the quality of photos before printing.
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    if they can't maybe a office max or someone that does printing can tell you how or do it for you. it never hurts to ask.anymore i just scan and put them on a disc.

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    I have copied many many pictures and they all turned out great. Ask someone for help.

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    I copied quite a few at Wal-mart - all with good results.

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    I have had good results at Wal-mart, CVS and Walgreens. I love the machines where you can adjust the color

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggiemom View Post
    Thank you so much for the quick response. I found a program on the computer (who knew!) that is copying them pretty well for me. I learn something new every day
    What's the name of the program, please? I've tried lots of different things scanning certain old pictures, but the problem with them is that they have some sort of texture that the scanner picks up as a distortion. I have software that can usually fix the color somewhat, but have had no luck with that texture. Thanks for any information.
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    It's actually the program that came with my printer/scanner! Koday AiO Home Center. I can do all kinds of things to my pictures that I didn't realize I could do


    Quote Originally Posted by Rose_P View Post
    What's the name of the program, please? I've tried lots of different things scanning certain old pictures, but the problem with them is that they have some sort of texture that the scanner picks up as a distortion. I have software that can usually fix the color somewhat, but have had no luck with that texture. Thanks for any information.
    Heather

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    If they are trademarked you better get approval first or you can get into some serious trouble if you are caught. I had to get permission from Olan Mills to copy some pictures of someone who passed. The only reason the gave it to me is the pictures were no longer in their archive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggiemom View Post
    It's actually the program that came with my printer/scanner! Koday AiO Home Center. I can do all kinds of things to my pictures that I didn't realize I could do
    Thanks, Raggiemom! I googled and came up with this, which appears to be a free download of the software:
    http://support.en.kodak.com/app/answ.../selected/true

    I haven't tried it yet because I have other printer software from HP that I'm quite happy with, and I'm afraid this might not work if you don't have a Kodak printer. I plan to keep it in mind for the next time I get frustrated trying to get a good scan of one of those textured pictures. This texture was an innovation during the 1970's that produced a matte finish on the pictures, and they were attractive when new, but usually faded. These were very common prints that we got from from any camera shop or corner drug store or mail order at that time, processed from our own camera rolls - not professional pictures, although some of those were also printed on this matte paper.
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    cvs has a machine that lets you touch up pic .....sometimes it comes out better if you copy in color and sometime it is better in black and white ...look before hitting print

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