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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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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!!

 

Colour Restoration

Alan dropped off this faded photo that had lost its colour and needed restoring. Using Photoshop I was able to recover the colour and restore the vibrancy that had been lost due to sun damage.

Feedback

The PDF looks excellent and better than I had hoped.

Alan - Auckland

Before and After

 

Colour Photo Restored by Pixelfix Photo Restoration
Medium Restoration $140 plus prints

More Colour Please

Ken sent me this old and tired portrait that had lost its colour and needed restoration. I was able to restore the colour using Photoshop and many layers of colour hand painted in to make this wonderful portrait come to life again. The colourization and restoration was very successful and Ken was very happy with the result.

Hi Richard
 
This is really looking good. So much better than before. We are really pleased

Ken – Auckland

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

Where did he go?

John asked me to remove a person from this photo that he sent me. This was so the restored photo could be put in to a book he was publishing.

The process of removing someone from a photo is a little more complicated than most people seem to imagine. I wish there was a simple magic brush that we painted over the unwanted area and then it removed the person. In reality there is more to this type of photo restoration.

Firstly we have to remove the person by cutting them out. On the digital screen we draw a selection around the person to be removed and then delete this area. This leaves a hole in the image and this needs to be filled by what we imagine was behind the person. In this case it was some steps and a wall. Using the clone and healing tools we have to clone surrounding areas to slowly fill in the missing areas to restore the missing pieces and complete the restoration.

Before and after…

Removing  man on left $60 plus prints.

Customer Feedback

Hi Richard,
They look great. Many thanks.

John Millar – Auckland

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

Restoration Team Effort

This isn't the England after their semi final match in the football World Cup. But it did need some restoration!. This is the Corromandel Rugby Club back in the last century, 1899 to be exact. Team photos are often sent to us for restoration. They are probably the most difficult to restore. This is because of how many faces and how much detail need to be correct. If you smudge a tree in the background it may very well go unnoticed, but smudge somebodies eye in a team photo and everyone will notice the funny looking guy that you just smudged. This one took a good 6 hours to restore and clean up. But looks very nice now, especially with its new framing and matt border.

Before and After

Rugby team photo restoration
Heavy restoration $240 plus prints

 

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