Disaster to Masterpiece!

The Disaster

This is a disaster i have seen more than once and restored many times. This original photo is a dye sublimination print made on a 'Kodak Picture Maker'. These were perhaps the one of the first useful tools of the early digital photo labs. You could copy printed photos even if you didn't have the negative. Back in the day when film photography was a big thing. This technology was a revelation for millions of people. This enabled them to get copies of their cherished photos.  Without having to search for those pesky strips of film that no one could ever find.

Unfortunately this technology was flawed. In the next few decades the prints would dry and the lamination that secured the printed image to the sub-strait paper layer would de-laminate. This leads to small strips flaking off and the image literally falls apart before your eyes.

Below is the time-lapse video of more than 5 hours of delicate photo restoration work using Photoshop. The results are fantastic and the new photo has been printed out as a Ultrachrome Archival Photo print that can now be enjoyed for many years to come.

Before and After

Colour Photo Restoration before and after example of old and damaged dye sublimination print restored
Disaster to master piece

YouTube Video Time Lapse

Time-Lapse Friday!

It Friday again and another Time-Lapse video for you. I am really enjoying this way of showing off my work. The time-lapse format really does show just how much work goes into restoring a photo. This one is an old damaged photo that was hand painted originally.

 

The Restoration & Colourizing

The restoration was quite straightforward. There was lots of surface damage that was cleaned up and lots of spotting to be removed. The quality of the photo wasn't the greatest so I had the smooth out the really small spots and add some noise to hide the rest. Colourizing this particular photo was a challenge because of the high detail levels in the background and the patterns on the clothing. So I decided to use some selections to accurately target highlights and shadows in these areas. This made filling in these areas much easier.

The Time-Lapse Video

Please don't forget to like and subscribe to my channel on YouTube There are lots more time-lapse videos there to see. I will be uploaded lots more as I complete them. Also please share with others as it really does help to spread the word.

 

Before & After

Before and after of Photo restoration featured in a time-lapse video restored and colourized by www.Pixelfix.co.nz
Photo restoration restored and colourized by www.pixelfix.co.nz

Newspaper Print into a Photo

Turning a newspaper print into a photo.

This was an interesting little restoration. To turn an old newspaper print into a photo that could be displayed and enjoyed for many years to come. Krissie was very keen to get this piece of history restored for her families genealogy research.

Method

Newspapers and magazines as well all use small dots to prints their images. Newspapers have larger dots that magazines and when scanned and copied they are copied as well which doesn't make for a nice display image. After scanning the old newspaper I opened up the image in Photoshop and the first job was to get rid of the dots that make up the print. Using the box blur filter I can remove the dots to make a smooth tone image that we can then work on further. After the normal clean up of the image and some contrast adjustments, curves adjustments and sharpening. The restoration is finished.

Before and After

Black and white Photo Restoration before and after by www.Pixelfix.co.nz

YouTube Time lapse Video

Colourizing an Old Photo

Re-Colourizing an Old Photo

Hand painting colour back into an old restored photo is a very rewarding job. You can see the results appear before your eyes. The image comes alive again when new colour is added.

How to Colourize a Photo

Colourizing old black and white photos is not a new idea. The practice has been around for many years. In the old days, the colour was painted directly onto the printed photograph. Special dyes were used that penetrated the surface of the print and embedded themselves into the image. The colours usually quite bright and obvious. But I have seen some quite amazing examples that looked very realistic.

New Digital methods make the whole process much more accessible. There is also the 'undo' button, which means mistakes are much easier to correct. The painting is still done by hand. But this time using a digital pen to paint on the colours and make the image look alive.

Before & After

Photo restored and colourised
Before and After Photo Restoration and Colourisation

This is the before and after image from this restoration and colourization. Whilst this particular photo did not have much colour to it. It does now have much more facial colour and interest. The full video of the restoration and

is available to watch on YouTube. Also please subscribe, like and share the video with your friends and family.

A B&W Photo Restored and Colourized

A Colourized Photo

This weeks Restoration comes from David who wanted this wonderful old image restored and then colourized. I have done another time-lapse video of this restoration so you can see the process and the amount of work required to colourise a single photo. Projects like colourizing old B&W films just involves so much work it is almost unbelievable to me.

Before & After

B&W Photo Restored and Colourised
B&W Photo Restored and Colourised

The process of colourization is done after the photo is restored. Then I make lots of colour adjustment layers with a black mask and then use selections or the paint brush to fill these colours in one by one. Usually trying to start with background colours and build up with foreground colours as I work my way through the image. Below is the full video which you can watch on my YouTube Channel. Please don't forget to Like and Subscribe it really will help grow the channel.

Time-lapse Video

Another Photo Restoration Time lapse

The Restoration

Its Friday again. YAY! This means we have another time lapse video for you to enjoy. this was just one restoration out of 11 that I did for this customer to create a wonderful historic display. This was a challenging restoration of an old black and white photo. It was very small and very dirty. The quality of the photo means there is a shortage of details. Which makes the restoration a little difficult when trying to retain as much detail as possible whilst removing as much dirt and blemishes from the image. But the final result i think is very nice and a big improvement on the original.

Before and After

Black and White Photo Restoration
Black and White Photo Restoration

YouTube

The restoration took a few hours but with the wonders of modern technology we are able to bring that to you in just a few minutes. Please like and subscribe to my YouTube channel here http://www.youtube.com/c/PixelFIXconz  and I hope to be able to bring you more of these time lapse videos each week. Share the videos on Facebook as well and help to spread the word.

 

Covid-19 Level 1

Update

As of Tuesday the 9th of June, we are now at Covid-19 Level 1. This means life is back to normal with the exception of international travel. You are welcome to drop off your photo for restoration during normal business hours. Which I have listed below. We no longer have to wear masks or sanitise our hands every 2 minutes.   Which is all great news. Lets hope we can get New Zealand moving again in the right direction. Please support your local businesses as they are the backbone of the New Zealand economy.

Time-lapse

To celebrate the end of the severe lock down measures. I have put together my latest time-lapse movie for you. This was a restoration of a nice family portrait that had definitely seen better days. With a few hours work though, we had the photo looking very nice and it is going to be framed and displayed again. If you would like to learn more about our photo restoration services please click here. Please enjoy and let me know what you think of this latest time-lapse video. Also please 'subscribe', 'like' and share the video please.

 

Time-lapse Video

New Time-lapse Video

In the past I have posted many many many before and after photos and in recently videos. The before after videos have been a real success in quickly showing the results of our photo restorations. Video has a more engaging feel about it and is really good at showing the dramatic differences from the start point to the finish point. I have a long playlist of Before and After Videos which you can see on my You-Tube Channel click here to see them.

Now I have just uploaded my first time-lapse video. A time-lapse video is a a way of showing the full restoration work that occurs on the computer. But it is sped up and compressed into a few minutes. Instead of what is sometimes hours. The result is a short movie of about 4 minutes that shows all the work involved in restoring a photo, from start to finish. This first one was a fairly simple restoration of a 100 year old black and white photo.

The software I used was OBS Studio and Microsoft's Photo software that comes with Windows 10. It was simple enough to do and hopefully I can make improvements as I do more. The only reason I had to use Microsoft's 'Photo' software was because I couldn't get Photoshop's video editing to increase the video speed beyond 4x speed. If any knows how to increase the speed higher than this please let me know.

I hope you enjoy it. I shall be making more in the future. So please watch this space.

 

 

 

LEVEL 3 Covid-19 Update.

WE ARE OPEN

 

open signFollowing the move from Level 4 down to Level 3. I just wanted to update everyone on how they can still get their photos restored. We are now able to accept none contact personal drop offs and pick ups of Photos. Masks and gloves will be worn during personal consultations and safe distances will be kept. Therefore we can keep everyone safe during this difficult crisis. You can find out more about the Level 3 conditions here at the governments Covid-19 website.

Personal Drop Offs

To arrange a personal drop off please contact me either via email (click here) or via phone 022 6373533. Our usual business hours are as follows. Please bring along all of the photos that you would like us to have a look at. We are able to offer courier deliveries of all your completed restorations to reduce additional travel and risks if you prefer. We are able to turn things around quite quickly at the moment. When we drop down to level 2 then I think things will get back to normal levels of business.

 

Mon-Fri10am - 5.30pm
SatBy Appointment
SunClosed

Internet

The upload facility on our webpage are available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. To use this service you will need to scan your photo or take a photo of it by using your phone. A great APP to helkp with this is Google PhotoScan app which is available at the Google Play Store. If you need help with any of this then please give me a call and I'll be happy to talk you through the process. There are details of the scanning requirements on our Photo Restoration page in the FAQs section.

Courier

You can send us your photo via a courier service. Pass the Parcel  is a very good service that will pick up from your home and take payment online. If you are able to visit the Post Shop then of course just pop your photo into a courier bag and let the lovely people at the Post Shop do the rest. Once your photo has arrived I can get to work on the restoration. I can also return the restore photos by courier as well.

Corona Virus Update

I would like to update everyone how the corona virus Covid19 is affecting our operations and business at the moment. The short answer is that it is not affecting us at the moment. Which is good news. We are open for business and I have a desk full of restorations currently underway. So if you have a photo that you think may need restoration, then please contact us and I would be happy to give you a FREE QUOTE.

But if you are in self isolation because of the corona virus. Then there are many ways that you can send us your photo for restoration;

Internet

Firstly you can send us your photo via the internet. Options to send us your photo by email. The upload facility on our webpage are available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. To use this service you will need to scan your photo or take a photo of it by using your phone. If you need help with any of this then please give me a call and I'll be happy to talk you through the process. There are details of the scanning requirements on our Photo Restoration page in the FAQs section.

Post

Secondly you can send us your photo via a courier service. Pass the Parcel  is a very good service that will pick up from your home and take payment online. If you are able to visit the Post Shop then of course just pop your photo into a courier bag and let the lovely people at the Post Shop do the rest. Once your photo has arrived I can get to work on the restoration.

Friend

Lastly, you can ask a friend or relative to drop off the photo for you. Just put the photo in a ziplock bag and wipe the bag with antiseptic wipe. The photo will then be safe to travel with your friend or relative.

I hope this was helpful and remember Keep Calm and Carry On.

 

 

Keep Calm and Carry On image

Restoration of Silvering in Black and White Photos

Old Black and White Photos can sometimes suffer from a problem called silvering. As the chemical bonds in the photo breaks down over time. The silver in the photo becomes visible on the surface and is seen as a shiny pale haze that obscures the darkest parts of the photo.

If you have a photo that looks like this, don't worry. We can fix it. We can restore the lost details. Using Photoshop we can remove the haze and fading that the silvering has caused. Once restored these old precious photos can be printed & displayed and enjoyed again for many years to come.

Ask us today how we can help you restore your old black and photos.

 

 

photo restoration
photo restoration

Waitangi Day

Thursday is Waitangi Day and we we will be closed for the day. But please, still send us your emails and photos for restoration. We will respond to you as soon as possible on Friday. We hope you all enjoy your own Waitangi day and celebrate our unique New Zealand heritage. Thank you for your patience.

 

 

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