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hi im not sure if i am sending a question like this to the right person so if not I'm sorry. But i was wondering if there is any info you could tell me on how to tell a true antique cabinet card photo from a fake one. I collect antique photos and when i see them on ebay i can not tell any difference unless they specifically said it was a reprint on the listing. So if there is anything you could tell me i would appreciate it thanks.

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This is a good question. It is going to be very hard to tell a fake cabinet card (AKA "carte de visite") on ebay auctions. The pictures are almost always too small. Unless you are aware of a trend of fake cabinet cards, I would think your worries might be unjustified. However, I think you can look for things like harsh edges where they might cut out the subject. Also, look for inconsistent smudges and clone stamp marks (known as footprinting). Look for consistency in the clone stamp patterns such as this example: http://www.adobephotoshoptraining.org/photoshop-training-images/photoshopped-bad

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Eric C. M. Basir

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12 years of full time experience as a digital photo retoucher for companies of all sizes, including United Airlines, K-Mart. Ask me about anything related to working on your photos: Color, contrast, manipulation, restoration, software, hardware.

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Since 1999, I have served as a digital photo retoucher for companies of all sizes, including United Airlines, K-Mart. I also serve individuals with their personal photos. This includes training through my video courses. Ask me about anything related to working on your photos: Color, contrast, manipulation, restoration, software, hardware. I run a no-charge photo retouching and restoration how-to YouTube channel here: http://www.photografix.pro/Restoration/PGXU_Live.html. I also run a blog full of great advice: http://photografixpro.blogspot.com/

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