Here are three photos showing the progression of restoration from the first scan through the “forensic” stage. All rebuilding is based on what is revealed as the art is digitally adjusted.
The first detail is from the scan of the actual dust jacket, showing the halftone rosettes that have to be smoothed out through the descreening process. Brushstrokes are visible through the screen.
This second detail shows the same section after some descreening and level adjustments to bring up the contrast and color.
The last detail shows the sharpened restoration of brushwork. This is still preliminary and will be checked over numerous times to bring out more detail such as the highlights on the top edge of Tarzan’s cheek bone.
Click on each image to get an even closer look.