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

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.

 

Christmas is coming!!!

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!!

Before and After

colourized black and white photo
Restored and Colourized black and white photo. $120

Removing cat pee

Joy brought in this wonderful old photo that needed to be restored because it had been damaged by her cat. This was a very old portrait of a solder that had been framed in a dome shaped frame. This meant that I couldn’t scan this on a flat bed scanner as it was flat. So we digitized this by takeing a high resolution photo. This gave us a digital image that we could work with. In Photoshop we then removed the damage to the surface areas and replaced the background. The new background meant that it could now be printed and framed into a normal frame.

Before and After

Heavy restoration on large photo $250 plus prints

Missing Pieces – Army Photo Restoration

Phil brought in this very poor condition photo that was missing pieces and in desperate need of restoration. The photo had faded and had missing pieces and large areas due to tears. Large team photos are always the most difficult to restore and take the most time due to the number of faces and detail in the photos. The job of replacing the missing people was a big job and took many hours to fully repair. Using Photoshop to copy other areas of the photo and piece together the missing areas like a jigsaw puzzle. Luckily Phil didn't know remember any of the missing faces. The completed picture was then returned to its original black and white colour and printed ready for framing.

Google Review

Restored a 56 year old Squadron photograph that had been in my attic for years, it was badly faded and had been attacked by insects. Roger restored it to an as new condition .
A state I did not think possable. The before and after Photo's very impressive.Thanks

Phillip - Auckland

Before and After

Army Photo Restoration
Heavy Photo Restoration - $350 plus prints

How Do You Restore This?

Removing surface damage, including cracks and creases is an everyday occurrence in photo restoration. This is the most common damage to old photos. The damage is most often because of people folding the photographs. This cracks the photographic emulsion surface and reveals the paper underside of the photo. 

To repair this kind of damage we must use the magic of Photoshop. A few different  tools are used for this kind of restoration. but to restore the cracked areas and surface damage I use the 'healing brush' and the 'spot healing brush'. With the healing brush you can select which area you want to copy the pixels from and then select where to paste them. As you paste the copied pixels, Photoshop analysis the surrounding pixels and adjusts the colour of pasted pixels to closely match those of the surrounding area. The Spot Healing Brush automatically selects the best area to copy from and matches to the surround pixels. This is a much quicker one step process as apposed to the Healing Brush 2 steps. But it can be less useful in very detailed areas. 

Before and After

photo restoration
Light - Medium Restoration $80

This is what to do If this happens

Carol brought in 2 photos in there frames with broken glass. The photos had stuck to the glass and the glass had been broken when trying to remove them. This happens... a lot. If this happens to you. Please don't do anything further once you discover that the photo is struck to the glass. Bring it straight into me at Pixelfix Restoration and I can scan it through the glass before anything gets broken and things are made worse. Carol was lucky and we were able to restore the damaged areas and fix up the cracks in the glass. 

Restored Photo

Poto restoration Colour
Medium restoration $150 plus prints

This looks like its been through the mill!!

Davinder Brought in two very badly damaged photos that had been through the mill. It seemed so literally. Large sections of the image had been damaged so much that the surface had disappeared completely. But using Photoshop to build layers from the surround areas and using the clone and heal tools I was able to reconstruct the missing areas and match this with the rest of the photo. The results are really quite dramatic. Davinder was very pleased with the new photos. so much so that he asked us to frame them for him so they could go back up on the wall. Below is one of these images. 

Review;

Davinder also  wrote us a fantastic review on google you can read more about that here....

Professional service, excellent job done in agreed time.

-Davinder | Auckland

Photo Restoration
Heavy Photo Restoration 5+ hours $200

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