So what do think you need to get by in photo restoration?
For ages I thought I had what I needed to do my job, I had a computer and a scanner that’s all you need right? Well that’s what I thought …
That was until images started getting bigger and the orders started getting more frequent. What was my fix for this? Work smarter of course but the budget doesn’t allow me to spend any money on hardware, times are hard. I had to implement better work flow and have better organization, tune my techniques etc. When I couldn’t work any smarter I had to work faster. Sometimes working smart doesn’t help when you have more work to do! When I couldn’t work any faster I was held up by my equipment, such as waiting for images to open or filters to process, scans to run or applications to open and so the cycle goes round again.
My first sensible move was to a dual core processor and a good graphics card. This helped to increase the speed of opening and saving large files. But as cameras got bigger CCDs and higher resolutions, I had bigger files to deal with! The next step was to buy a tablet which i blogged about here. “photo restoration with a tablet and pen”
Being from an art background this was the most significant move i could have made to speed up my work and add to the quality produced. However since then, images started getting even bigger and I’ve just had to upgrade again to an Intel i5 latest revision chip and an SSD disk and loads of ram. These SSD disks are solid state like a big memory card and don’t move, which means a saving on power and noise but the biggest difference is speed. Running on the latest cables and supper fast data transfer rates saving and opening large files for photo restoration is a breeze.
A new graphics card also topped off the cake so I ready for the world once more. Photoshop uses GPU or graphics acceleration to help process some processor hungry tasks especially the filters on larger images, so getting the right card will help. To keep up with the ever increasing file sizes for photo restoration this looks like something ill have to do more often.