Another time-lapse Friday photo restoration and colourization. We are not open this holiday weekend. Labour Day means that the summer days are now with us and we can all now enjoy some sun and relaxation this long weekend.
This one is an old photo from the Pacific islands. The photo was old and faded. In this restoration most of the work was done during the colourizing process. There were 17 different colour layers used to colour in this photograph. As well as lots of other adjustment and cloning layers.
Time-Lapse YouTube Video
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This weeks photo restoration time-lapse is a very old 1800 B&W photo that was in definite need of restoration. This is not the original photo unfortunately but is a copy that has been made quite some time ago. Never the less the image is still able to be restored and preserved for future generations.
I'm not entirely sure what has caused the marks on this photo but I suspect that this is from some liquid that may have been splashed onto it at some point. But by using Photoshop and the healing and spot removal tool. I was able to remove most of the damage. I could then return the image back to Black and White and remove the colour cast. Adjust the contrast and clarity and then bingo. We have a beautifully restored photos from the 1800's. The customer was very happy.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Following 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.
10am - 5.30pm
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.
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.