Christmas is a time for giving. Why not give something a little bit special. Give someone a memory of a time gone by. Or turn memory into something new and fantastic. Such as colourizing an old black and white photo of a loved one for Christmas. Like the example below.
Royal Colour Restoration
This wonderful old photo of the Japanese royals was brought in by Her Majesty Nanasipauu Tukuaho Queen of Tonga. Unfortunately the original photo had been in a frame near the window and was exposed to the sun for many years before it came to me. So now it was sun bleached and almost completed faded away.
Any colour that may have been present was lost due to the bleaching. Restoring the colour was not an option. This require a complete re-colouring to bring this back to life.
I had to research the correct colours for the sashes and the orders. But the background and the carpet I were to improvise. But I think you can see that this process of colourization really does bring this photo back to life.
Before and After
Hi Richard,The photos are amazing and I am so pleased.Many thanks,
Ted brought in some wonderful photos for restoration from his days as a pilot with Air New Zealand. The photos had faded and suffered from discolouration. This is very common and happens to just about every photograph. But we were able to restore the colour and brighten up the image.
There are many methods to restore colour but for this one we used curves adjustment layers with some masking here and there in Photoshop. The old livery of these Air New Zealand aircraft have come out looking much better and has taken Ted back to the good old days I'm sure.
Before and After Restoration of a discoloured photo
Susan from the corromandel sent me this badly faded Colourful wedding photo. Unfortunately all the colour had been bleached away by exposure to the sun. On top of that problem this photo was also taken in the seventies. So guess what. Yes. Honeycomb textured paper!! This always makes thing more tricky and adds to the workload. But we have good success removing this normally and the results once the fading had been restored looked good. Adding back the colour then made the photo complete again. We tweaked the colours to match Susan's request and the wedding photo is now being enjoyed again.
Before and After Colourful Wedding Photo
Wedding Disaster Unfortunately there were lots of moisture damage. I believe someone had spilt liquid on it then tried to wipe it dry.
Please don't do that at home. If you ever spill liquid on a photo then please don't wipe it. Just let it drip dry and hang it up somewhere. Once it is dry then contact us and we can then restore the damage. As you can see below It looks better than ever now it has been restored.
Before and After Wedding Disaster Photo
Colourizing old black and white photos is an art. It is amazing what can be achieved with this method of adding colour to old black and white photos. History can come alive. This old portrait of Queen Victoria was completely transformed when I added colour to it. I did this one just for fun. But I do like these results and thought I would share them with you.
If you would like to restore and add colour to your old black and white photos then please send us your photos. I'm sure you will also be amazed at the difference it can make.
Colourizing old black and white photos Before & After
Old black and white photos are wonderful. They show a time that was long ago. But when you add colour to a black and white photo. You bring them forward in time so to speak. Therefore they look real and they have more life to them. It is as though they were taken yesterday. It becomes an amazing transformation.
The process to do this colourizing magic is not all science. In fact most of it is down to artistic flair and skill. Once the original black and white image is restored and looking like new again, the re-colourizing process can begin. The process all takes place in Photoshop but the colours are painted in by hand using a 'digital brush'. The colours are all chosen by the artist too. We do not know from the black and white photo which shade of grey is which colour. So researching the period and other information including feedback from the client is all very important to the final result.
The photo restoration colourizing example below is a fine example how colour can really make a an big impact.