Your old photos may be damaged, faded, torn or simply falling apart. Don’t despair! I can repair and restore your precious old memories using digital restoration.
Consider digitizing your old, precious memories before you require repair or restoration
As long as the original photo has some structure left, bring it to me and let me repair the cracks and folds, the water damage, the fading, and most other damage that photos acquire over the years. The process is fairly simple. I scan your original photograph on my high-resolution flatbed scanner to preserve every possible detail. I then bring the resulting digital image into Adobe Photoshop and follow a set procedure:
- Overall image adjustment – I adjust the photograph’s contrast, color (if applicable) and white and black points. This is to give me as much structure to work with as possible.
- Cleaning – I then remove the smaller damage points, like small spots of dirt or tiny scratches. This lets me bring out even more clean detail.
- Repair – I repair the larger scratches, water damage, folds and creases, and completely missing portions of your image.
- Detail – I then do small repairs to the detail areas, like the eyes and other small points. I bring out detail, by sharpening the areas selectively.
- Restore – The second to last step is to improve the overall image. I readjust contrast, sharpening and clarity, the white balance, white and black points, and restore the color, if appropriate.
- Colorize – on some images, I’m able to add color where there was no color before! I can create color images from black and white photos, or sepia toned (vintage) images.
Here are some examples of photographs I’ve restored over the years:
This photo has a very sad story behind it. This young lady was in High School when the photo was taken. It turned out to be the last photo of this young lady. She was murdered by her boyfriend after rejecting his marriage proposal. My customer was in tears when I brought her the restored version. The original image was roughly 3″ x 4″ square, with torn, jagged edges. I was able to present her with a framed 8″ x 10″ photograph.
This was a very interesting project! The original photo had fading and water damage. The owner tried to clean the photograph, and wiped away large portions of the original image. In addition, it had a newspaper clipping scanned into the image, which was heavily damaged. It’s VERY difficult to repair scanned newspaper items, so I was very luck to be able to find the original article in the Chicago Tribune’s online archive! My customer was very excited to receive the repaired photo of her War Hero!
This photograph was repaired, restored, and colorized. The original image was in terrible shape, with extreme fading, no color except for color casts, and a piece of textured tape over the bottom. Scanning this image was a challenge, as the tape was reflective. I was able to restore roughly 90% of the photo – I’m not happy with the feet, and to stay within budget I needed to let that slide a little. I colorized the image using my best guesses. The client was VERY happy with the results. The original image was about 3″ high, and I resized the image during the scanning process to present her with a 5″x7″ photograph. I could have brought this one up to 8″x10″; however, the client had a spot in a collage already selected at 5″x7″.
As you can see, I can do a lot with your old, damaged photographs. Contact me today to begin restoring and preserving your memories.