Archive for the ‘photo repair’ Category
Colouring an old wedding photo
A few days ago Barrie Warby contacted me with a plea to help him fix up his mothers photo. Unfortunately it was stuck to glass and heavily faded. He posted me his prized photo, carefully wrapped, still in the frame, glass and all! The restoration process began.
The image was stuck to the glass so i cleaned all the areas of exposed glass and air dusted underneath. After inserting some tiny foam circles onto the corners of the glass to avoid the “moire” effect or glass on glass, i scanned the image in high bit colour and in high-resolution. The image looked like a challenge straight away. The scan revealed heavy staining and detail loss where the dyes were affected by adhesion to the glass. Only one thing to do, convert to black and white and re-colour!
I set about correcting all tones, stain lines and fades and corrected these by using the patch tool, dodge and burn, clone, and healing brush tools. Once i could see an even image, the contrast needed boosting with “levels” and the image “multiplied” on new layer to give more contrast. This was masked out and selectively painted back in to give the image more punch.
The whole image was recolored using separate layers, three colours on the brickwork for depth and realism. As always you can read about the colouring process in my colouring tutorials
Here is the review Barrie gave me when he received the image.
“The help and information I received was exceptional, the speed of service was excellent, once payment was made it was less than a week until I received my photos and the finished product was amazing, 10 times better than I could have imagined possible and worth every penny. I would recommend to anyone thinking of using this company.” Barrie Warby 01/06/2013
I just spotted a video on Lynda.com, a very reliable on line resource for learning. It describes using the “patch” tool as a useful tool for repairing scratches, tears and damage.
There is no doubt this tool is a great tool. In this case i feel that using something just because its there, is not always a good idea.
The video suggests you let the “content aware” algorithm do the work for you. Setting the parameters from “very loose” to “very strict.” I tried this with one of my images with damage and each and every parameter tested gave me a poor result, where the patched damage took a darker tone. See the first video below for how Bryan suggest it should work.
When i used the standard method of the patch it worked better in every case. Feel free to use the Lynda method but I would suggest using just the patch on its own. I am sure that Bryan O’Neil Hughes was just trying to show us that there are other methods to use but sometimes leaving it alone is just as good. Here is my quick test to explain why i have never use this option.
I am sure that content aware patch has its place but i could not get it to work on my image and never use it. Sure i use content aware occasionally but even then and more often than not i have to correct it.
Some photo restoration projects take longer than others. This cricketing photo in the United Kingdom took longer than most but where is it? Can you help me identify where in the UK this is?
My skills in dating a photo and finding its whereabouts are not very good but here’s what i can deduce.
The terrain seems very flat into the distance. One of the tents has WCC written on it, or at least that’s what it looks like. All the chaps have fat moustaches. There are some very uniques buildings in the background. see picture
1. Tiles with stripes! This must have been a feature, can’t be many houses like this?
2. Octagonal outbuilding with three chimneys possibly four. Was this a furnace? or building used to heat water? looks like a sturdy structure could be still standing?
3. The large house in the center. Are those windows Gothic Arch windows? Very distinctive. This building could still be there?
Photos are often dated by hair styles, facial hair, clothes, caps etc, but can they tell you where picture was taken?
If there is anyone that has any ideas please comment, as it’s all still a mystery to me.