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.
Add Colour This Year
With Peter Jacksons new Film ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ boring old black and white film into the modern colour era it is not surprising 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.
Christmas is a time for giving. Why not give something a little bit special. Give someone a memory of a time gone by. Or turn 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!!
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.
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.
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.
Missing Pieces Restoration
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 now remember any of the missing faces. The completed picture was then returned to its original black and white colour and printed ready for framing.
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
This isn't England after their semi-final match in the football World Cup. But it did need some restoration!. This is the Coromandel 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 somebody's 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.
Cameron had sent me this wonderful studio portrait that had been damaged. The bottom of the photo had been torn off and we had to patch this up to appear natural. The photo had also faded and lost come of its colour. This was also restored at the same time. The completed photo now looks really nice and is back up on display to be enjoyed for many years to come.
Cameron liked the restoration very much and he left a wonderful review for others to see how his restoration turned out. There are many many more reviews. To read more please like the page www.facebook.com/photorestoration
Mike had borrowed this large aerial photo of his old property and wanted to get this duplicated and restored for various members of his family. The photo is a large 20" x 30" print. Very typical of this type of photography. The age and sun had done their work and rendered the image with a strong red colour cast. The colour required restoration and a wide disbursement of small blemishes that always come with photos of this size needed to be removed.
Scanning For Restoration
One of the main difficulties with photo this size is digitising the image so it can be worked on the computer in Photoshop. Scanning such a large image requires either a VERY large flat bed scanner. They don't exist. Not that can be afforded. Or a series of smaller scans that are then stitched together in Photoshop to complete the whole picture. A third option is to photograph the entire image using a high resolution camera. This time we used lots of smaller scans to make up the whole photo. eight scans in total were used.
Thanks for that, it looks great.
Mike - Auckland
BEFORE AND AFTER
Click to enlarge and see if you can spot the joints.
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.
Before and After Restoration of a discoloured photo