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Restoration The Process 030209

Restoration The Process 030209



A brief over view of the photo restoration process

A brief over view of the photo restoration process



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    • DIGITAL photo restoration “...a shoe box full of memories” The process George Ross's repair-photo.com
    • Find the old shoe box with your favorite photo This photograph was taken in 1949 and has been hand-touched by a photo artist: eyelashes, eyeliner, beauty spot, necklace. Taken in a style that is now out of fashion, sadly, this image has sections missing, is cracked and stained. What can be done?
    • Digitize the photo
      • Scan the photo using an EPSON V700 Perfection scanner
      • Over-scan at 1200dpi (dots per inch)‏
      • Normal photo resolution is 240dpi but by over-scanning we can work on very fine detail and reduce resolution when finished
    • Storing the photos
      • The original photo is stored in a fire-proof box
      • The original scan is stored both on the Mac which will do the work and in a DROBO which is a multi-drive storage Robot (similar to RAID) guaranteeing the safety of the digital images
    • It's all about things called 'pixels' – photo restorers rearrange and replace pixels
      • Digital photos are made up of of little dots (pixels) which are so small that you cannot see them -the greater the number of pixels in a photo the higher the resolution. 240 to 300dpi is photo quality.
      • To complicate it further, each pixel has a color depth. A high color pixel has 16 bits (16bpp) of color per pixel. As you know all colors are constructed from Red, Green and Blue – so 16bpp has 5 bits for red and blue and 6 for green
    • 3D to 2D
      • An interesting aspect of the digitizing process is that 3-dimensional flaws (delamination in this example) are converted to 2D permitting the pixels to be rearranged and repairs to be executed in a flawless manner
    • Getting to work
      • Using Photoshop CS3 digital image editor we can change and rearrange the pixels to restore photos to their former glory.
      • Sound easy, huh?
      • It requires a painstaking attention to detail and the patience of a saint :)‏
    • Voila- returned to its former beauty
    • What do my clients receive when the project is complete?
      • Both the original 1200DPI scan and the fully restored imaged @ 300PDI on a CD (archival quality disc are optional)‏
      • A restored print of the original size of the image
      • Return of the original photograph
      • The before and after photos posted to your own web gallery
      I look forward to working on your restoration project : [email_address]