Let your family brag a bit. On screens. On T-shirts. On coffee mugs. On walls. In frames. However you like.
Examples of before/after restorations are below.
A little explanation
Old photos can have obvious scratches and marks but often the subtle bends and uneven surfaces cause bad tonal changes in the scanning process that are harder to restore than the big marks. For example, look at the ‘scratches’ across the man’s trousers. They are actually tonal changes created by bends in the flatness of the print and needed ‘hand’ retouching to repair. And that meant making them a little darker.
But that’s OK as the most important feature in this type of restoration is the people’s faces.
Mould and mildew as well as scratches
Many old photos that are stored incorrectly grow mould and mildew. This photo shows how we can clean-up those marks.
In this case we showed the restored image in greyscale as it was supposed to be.
The before shows the original dull thumbnail. What it doesn’t show is that I scanned it at VERY high resolution before restoring it.
Then corrected and sharpened the image. And added duotone colour.
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