Faded Photo Restored and Re-coloured

Faded Photo Restored and Re-coloured

The Restoration & Colourization

Karen brought me this wonderful old faded family photo to be restored and re-coloured. Unfortunately it was very faded and all of the colour had been bleached from it. It had as happens quite often been framed and exposed to too much sunlight. UV light from the sun stripes the colour from most most things, including photographs. This is a prime example why UV protective glass is advisable for those cherished family photos.

Fortunately we were able to restore this wonderful photo. Using Photoshop to create many layers of different colours. I was able to paint in each of the separate areas with the relevant colour. I used a graduated colour map for the skin tones. Adding shadow and highlight details to make extra definition to the facial features.

Colourising photos is perhaps one of the most satisfying type of photo restorations that I get to do.  Each photo is always unique. So the challenge is always different. Karen was very happy with the results and we were able to get the colours spot on, first time. Thanks to her precise description of the different colours for each of the clothing, hair and skin tones. The photo restoration is now framed and now display, to be enjoyed for many years to come.

Before & After

Faded Photo Restored and re-coloured by Pixelfix Photo Restoration Services
Faded Photo Restored and Re-Coloured

YouTube Time-lapse Video

You can see the full process of how I restored and re-coloured this old photo. The video is available on my YouTube channel and has been sped up to 2200% speed! So you can see 4hrs of restoration work in an incredible 5 minutes. Please Subscribe and like and share with others.

 

Ripped Wedding Photo Restored

Ripped Photo Restored

This ripped wedding photo was sent to us by Jaqui. Who was wanting to get a nice photo of her wedding from many years ago. The only photo she had was a small proof photo that had been damaged. It was ripped down the middle. It had several creased and some discolouring that also need to be restored.

The Photo Restoration

Using Photoshop I was able to restore this damage. the healing and stamp tools were used for most of the ripped area. the dress details were important so we needed to make sure it was pixel perfect in those detailed areas. The trickiest part was matching up the discoloured areas and darker shading in the lower half of the dress. I used a separate dodge and burn layer to slowly lighten up the selected areas. Once the damage was repaired the overall contrast and clarity was also given the PixelFIX treatment and the photo then started to come alive.

We printed out new copies of the restoration and the customer was very happy with the results. Leaving this great review on Google.

Positive: Professionalism
I had my wedding photos restored from being in a ripped state. Richard did an amazing job of fixing them. Far exceeded my expectations. They look as good as the day the pics were taken. Highly recommend his service.

YouTube Time-Lapse

You can watch the full photo restoration process here on my YouTube channel. Please subscribe and like to see lots more examples of my photo restoration work. There are lots of great examples of before and afters as well as lots more time-lapse photo restorations to watch.

Before and After

Ripped photo restored by Pixelfix Photo Restoration services before and after example
Ripped photo restored by Pixelfix Photo Restoration services before and after example

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

Newspaper Print into a Photo

Turning a newspaper print into a photo.

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.

Method

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.

Before and After

Black and white Photo Restoration before and after by www.Pixelfix.co.nz

YouTube Time lapse Video

A B&W Photo Restored and Colourized

A Colourized Photo

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

B&W Photo Restored and Colourised
B&W Photo Restored and Colourised

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.

Time-lapse Video

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.

 

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.

 

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