At over a meter high and with extreme fading discolouration and multiple areas of surface damage to such a detailed and colourful photograph, this must rank as the largest restoration job this year. Abigail is herself a photographer and brought me this wonderful family portrait to be digitally restored on behalf of her father.
The level of difficulty is very high because of the detail and colour. If this had of been black and white then it may have been a different story. But although it took nearly 3 weeks to complete and a number of proofs were made this is the final restoration. It took 34 layers in Photoshop which included numerous curves adjustment layers to tackle the discoloured highlight areas which had turned blue. The finished restoration was then framed and delivered back to the Abigail's father.
Her father actually called me once he received the finished restoration to personally thank me. It is now hanging back up on the wall is being enjoyed once more.
While everyone has been watching the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup, I've been busy restoring old photos. Anthony brought me this wonderful aerial photo of his family's batch up in the Bay of Islands in the Northland. It is a large print mounted on to cardboard and was badly faded and discoloured through sun exposure and time. Using a number of various curves adjustment layers in Photoshop I was able to carefully bring back the colour and restore contrast. A moderate amount of cloning and healing brush work was needed to clean up the small blemishes to complete the restoration.
It is quiet an eery scene with a stormy looking sky. Anthony tells me that the land is now covered in wild bush. Just goes to show that it doesn't take long for nature to reclaim what is hers.
Grant emailed me and asked for this wonderful old photograph to be brought back to life and to add colour back to the photo. He was able to give me very clear guidelines as to what the colours used to be. So using this information I was able to paint back in the colours, one by one. Below is a screen shot of the different layers and colours used to paint in the colour. Everything down to the eyes lips eyebrows and background all get individual attention.
I am a professional Photographer and Photo Restoration Artist. I am very passionate about importance of photographs. They have a very personal nature and an ability to provide a window to the past. Please see more examples of my work at www.pixelfix.co.nz