Exceptional new plugin to restore faded transparencies/photos
Those of you following the ongoing discussions in our forums (connected to the official GIMP mailing lists) might have seen this already: There is an exceptional new plugin available to restore old/faded transparencies/photos!
Our user geoff has written an awesome new python plugin that makes it possible to enhance matt/faded transparencies or photos by reversing the aging process.
Some background: The plugin is based on an algorithm that recalculates the aging effect of color pigments based on physical considerations. It is possible for example to gain a nice new red color from a faded red color tone in a photo without having to do massive color/lighting corrections. It is a one-click-easy-and-simple-to-use plugin.
1. Find the script here: http://www.lionhouse.plus.com/photosoftware/gimp_plugins/ – download the restore.py file
2. copy it to the plugin directory of GIMP (Linux: /home/
3. make the script executable (in the plugins dir on a shell write “chmod a+x restore.py”.
4. launch GIMP 2.6, and you should find a new main menu entry named “Restore”.
5. open up a scan/photo and apply the plugin.
Here you’ll find some Before/After images, as well as a really detailed pdf for the algorithm and a readme.txt:
Of course you can follow the original discussion in the forum!
Have fun with this amazing plugin!
PS: We’ve not tested this on the Windows platform yet.
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