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 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.

 

 

 

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