The Wixon family in 1908
The Wixon’s Mr Authur Wixon and his wife Mrs Alice Wixon are shown below in a the damaged photo. The oldest daughter’s in the photo was also called Alice.
Large families were common and the Wixon’s would go on to have 15. Sadly two died before they were eight. Kate Wixon died aged 4 of diphtheria in 1912 and Robert Wixon died also aged four in 1904. The second youngest of the 15 wasn’t born until 1921! Another sad tale from a very large family and of death and record breaking can be found in the 1909 story of the record breaking unicyclist
The location for the photoshoot was a four roomed “court house” in Coventry 1908
The restoration was made slightly simpler by another reference photo of Mr Alice Wixon.
The new face image was scaled, flipped and converted to black and white before setting the blend mode to darken and masked out. The mask was the painted on to reveal the useful details to fill in the missing face. Great care was made in keeping the grain, focus and aged look to blend in all together.
The plant pot was recreated to left. This was done by finding a reference image of a Hydrangea leaf and making a custom brush from it. This was then used with the brush tools, including scatter, scaling and angle jitter to achieve random pasterns of leaves that could used to make a new plant. The pot was reconstructed with what little detail there was within the image. Everything was the blended in.
Just a Space Scene image I did to add to my personal work.
The process in brief:
- Three colour graduation fill of black, blue, greenish blue background
- Clouds and cloud colours added with clouds brushes and blend modes
- Stars added by hand with some star brushes and by creating black layer then filter/noise/ select maximum level, then filter/ other / minimum. The set layer to lighten.
- Saturn’s rings. Started with a long thin document and made loads of blue horizontal lines. Then use the warp tool to bend the into a curve. Sounds simple i can assure it wasn’t
- Foreground rocks stock image
- Planets ellipse tool and outer glows and inner glows.
I know this is a brief description but its not meant to be a tutorial just a show and tell.
No one likes paying upfront for something they have never seen right?
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With Photo Restoration the trend is to show the restored image and then ask for payment. We say “no funds needed until you have seen the work”. This method is based on a great deal of “trust”. When the work is complete we restorers “trust” that the client does not just walk away, should they decide they dont require the work any more.
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We are a “work with us to an end result” service “not a try before you buy” service. If in the rare event that the work does not suit your needs we will work with you on the project until it is!