Removing stuck photo from glass

Scan it into a computer, run Photo Shop to remove glare, damage, etc,

Then after that you can try soaking it in water for several hours and pealing very slow. I have had mixed results. If it goes badly, you have your fresh digital file that can be printed.
 
Thanks Jerry, I think I will try the freezer for a few minutes, or the heat method. Then if that don't work, I guess it is time for Photoshop. Thanks again for the advice
 
Do Photoshop first if you got it. Its easier to fix a mistake before you make it! You try to photoshop after and you preserve the mistakes.

Glad you're still with us DaveK! If you don't mind I'll repeat teh advice that Jerry liked earlier, preserve you reputation while you got it! You can't get it back without a huge battle.

 
Thanks for the vote of confidence Hugh, but the advice is from Jerry! I don't have Photoshop, so I can't do the digital manipulation myself.

I can scan it in (which I do) but I farm out the digital work to a photographer freind. If I had Photoshop I would then have to get a good color printer (anyone got any ideas about the new Epson?!)

I scan the stuck glass photos now because I didn't when I first started. That's also why I bought the scanner! Screw up once and you learn the hard way, and you lose customers. Just tryiong to help you learn from mistakes I made DaveK, don't make our mistakes, but do follow our suggestions, they tend to come from the wrong side of experience!

DaveK, I hope the previous daggers don't leave any permanent scars, (*and I hope you got your EIN Paperwork back from the IRS already.*)
 
I also would be very skeptical aboout the Freezer method and would dafinatly not recomend the HEAT.Both can cause either cracking(freezing) or blistering ( heAt)of the emulsion.

I was given instructions from Dianne Day about the soaking method ,which suggested putting the photo and glass in a pan of water ,glass down, and frequently changeing the water .It will take a while ,maybe even days. However the last thing that is done in a photo processing as I understaood it was it is washed in clear water. So what this does is soften the Emulsion and when soft enough it will float off the glass. Just be sure when it does release not to touch the image portion of the photo since the emulsion will still be soft and will leave finger prints and or smudges .Then be sure to carefully hang the wet work on a line to dry so that the emulsion can reset .

I hope this wasn't too much of a repeat ,but if so consider it a well intended endorsement.LOL
BUDDY
 
Bob, I recently have done a couple of scans for reprint. Family farm (wifes side) scanned it in and started to fix the torn parts. When it was good I saved it to disk and had it printed at a film lab (in my case 8x10 on 8x12 paper from costco, 2.99 Canadian). Turned out better than the original and no expensive printer.
James
 
It was recommended by a professional photographer to do (sort of) what Buddy and Jerry suggested i.e. placing the photo/glass in a shallow pan of room temperature water (glass down) and wait a few hours while rocking the pan gently every now and then.

But resist the urge to try to peal it off; it will almost certainly separate the emulsion. When the photo frees itself from the glass it will float off. Theoretically.

I have tried this on two occasions with my own photos. But before the photo floated off, the emulsion turned to jello and the photos were gonzo.

I hadn’t thought of scanning through the glass before I tried this water separation, but I suspect that retouching in Photoshop would be a nightmare because of the spotty and uneven “glare” where the image was in contact with the glass.
 
Bill - the "glare" from the stuck glass is far less of a problem than one would imagine. Remember - the bed of the scanner is glass, too!

A lot of the success of this soaking method depends on the type of photograph and the type of photographic paper. Old black and white or sepia-toned prints on fiber based paper usually come off like a charm - it is the color photos which dissolve!

Also: my partner Kim, who is a retouching artist of both the old and new school, has had great success laying prints (emulsion side up) on a piece of clean glass to dry. Hanging to dry can also be stressful and cause tearing.
 
just as an add on to JPete....if you have a museum setting on the digital camera..then no flash....took a lot of digitals of framed pics of my deceased mother in law and they turned out beautiful...just saved a lot of arguments with people if I had taken them in to be scanned because of copyright laws
 
Bob, I'll be happy to tell you the woulds are healing nicely. As usual, still waiting to hear from the IRS. I don't owe them any money, so it may be awhile. I did get a temporary #, but I think I will be SAFE and wait for the real thing.
 
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