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.
This is really looking good. So much better than before. We are really pleased
WE are back! Happy new year to everyone. Towards the end of 2018 I had quite a few clients requesting photo colourization. Either from Black and white photos. Or old colour photos that have faded or become discoloured and require restoration and re-colourization.
With Peter Jacksons new Film ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ bring old black and white film into the modern colour era it is not surpising that lots of people are now realising how much of a difference it can make to an old image.
This year has started off in the same way the last ended so expect to see many more colourization restorations to come.
This wonderful old photo of the Japanese royals was brought in by Her Majesty Nanasipauu Tukuaho Queen of Tonga. Unfortunately the original photo had been in a frame near the window and was exposed to the sun for many years before it came to me. So now it was sun bleached and almost completed faded away. Any colour that may have been present was lost due to the bleaching. Restoring the colour was not an option. This require a complete re-colouring to bring this back to life.
I had to research the correct colours for the sashes and the orders. But the background and the carpet I were to improvise. But I think you can see that this process of colourization really does bring this photo back to life.
Before and After
Hi Richard,The photos are amazing and I am so pleased.
Ted brought in some wonderful photos for restoration from his days as a pilot with Air New Zealand. The photos had faded and suffered from discolouration. This is very common and happens to just about every photograph. But we were able to restore the colour and brighten up the image. There are many methods to restore colour but for this one we used curves adjustment layers with some masking here and there in Photoshop. The old livery of these Air New Zealand aircraft have come out looking much better and has taken Ted back to the good old days I'm sure.
Amy sent me this very badly faded old photo by Courier Post. When it arrived it was virtually gone, it was barley visible. But I did a scan and using a variety of Multiple Layers and some heavy burn and dodging I was able to bring this old soldier back. But when the image became visible again. So did the hundreds of small cracks that covered the surface of the photo paper. You see this was not the original photo it was a copy that had been made at some time using a 'dye sublimation printer'. They are very commonplace and will most likely find them in your local pharmacy where they use them for passport photos or to provide prints from a Kodak kiosk. the problem is they don't last!! and this is how they end up... faded and cracked!
A few hours of extra work was needed to remove the cracks and finish off the restoration. To the delight of Amy who was over the moon. So much so she gave us a 5 star review on Google.
We had a photo which had almost disappeared due to sun damage and had been told it was not possible to save. Luckily I decided to have 1 last try and Richard did an amazing job giving a beautifully clear photo. Thanks.
Todd sent me this very old and tired photo for restoration. It had suffered some severe mould damage and needed a good cleanup in Photoshop . The mould shows itself as light and dark patches. But because there are so many we can't use the spot removal or the healing brush in the normal way. If you do then the light and dark patches are 'merged' and they become neither, ending up is a mid-tone grey. What was needed was to pick an area and decide if the surrounding blotches needed to be made lighter or darker to match the good areas. Then using the healing tool set to either 'lighten' or 'darken' mode I was able to match the damaged area with good areas, without merging the two and making everything muddy and grey. The results are very good and the faces became much more visible and the whole photo looks very presentable.
Richard at Pixelfix did the impossible by taking an old family photo from the late 1800s that was suffering from significant mould damage and fading. I didn't think he would be able to do much with it, but I was wrong. Thanks Richard for breathing new life into a cherished family portrait.
Susan from the corromandel sent me this badly faded wedding photo. Unfortunately all the colour had been bleached away by exposure to the sun. On top of that problem this photo was also taken in the seventies. So guess what. Yes. Honeycomb textured paper!! This always makes thing more tricky and adds to the workload. But we have good success removing this normally and the results once the fading had been restored looked good. Adding back the colour then made the photo complete again. We tweaked the colours to match Susan's request and the wedding photo is now being enjoyed again.
This wonderful old wedding photo really had seen better days and need to be restored. This was originally a black and white photo that was then hand painted to add colour to the image. Unfortunately there were lots of moisture damage. I believe someone had spilt liquid on it then tried to wipe it dry. Please don't do that at home. If you ever spill liquid on a photo then please don't wipe it. Just let it drip dry and hang it up somewhere. Once it is dry then contact us and we can then restore the damage. As you can see below It looks better than ever now it has been restored.
Sunlight can be a powerful destroyer of Black and White photos. It leads to fading and discolouration. This sad old photo was on its way to the ghostly 'faded photo bin'. But I was able to restore the fading and remove the discoloration to return this damaged photo back to its form glory. Black and white is such a beautify medium I think and this is a fine example of that. Barry was so please he ordered 3 copies with frames.
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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.
Colourizing old black and white photos is an art. It is amazing what can be achieved with this method of adding colour to old black and white photos. History can come alive. This old portrait of Queen Victoria was completely transformed when I added colour to it. I did this one just for fun. But I do like these results and thought I would share them with you.
If you would like to restore and add colour to your old black and white photos then please send us your photos. I'm sure you will also be amazed at the difference it can make.
Old black and white photos are wonderful. They show a time that was long ago. But when you add colour you bring them forward in time so to speak they look real they have a more life to them. It is as though they were taken yesterday. It becomes an amazing transformation.
The process to do this colourizing magic is not all science. In fact most of it is down to artistic flair and skill. Once the original black and white image is restored and looking like new again, the re-colourizing process can begin. The process all takes place in Photoshop but the colours are painted in by hand using a 'digital brush'. The colours are all chosen by the artist too. We do not know from the black and white photo which shade of grey is which colour. So researching the period and other information including feedback from the client is all very important to the final result.