Time-Lapse B&W Photo Restoration

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.

The Restoration

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.

Before and After

B&W Photo Restoration showing before and after results for a time-lapse video by Pixelfix Photo Restoration Services
Photo Restored by PixelFIX Photo Restoration Services

YouTube Time-Lapse Video

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

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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Christmas Time Again.

It's Christmas Again!

Christmas is a time for giving. Why not give something a little bit special. Give someone a memory of time gone by. Or turn a 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.

Frame it and wrap it, put it under the tree and wait for the smiles! These gifts are special for everyone. We can offer the full package from restoration to colourizing, printing  and framing. Now is the time to get your orders in because time is limited and Christmas is coming!!

 

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