Restoration The Process 030209


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Restoration The Process 030209

  1. 1. DIGITAL photo restoration “...a shoe box full of memories” The process George Ross's
  2. 2. 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?
  3. 3. Digitize the photo <ul><li>Scan the photo using an EPSON V700 Perfection scanner </li></ul><ul><li>Over-scan at 1200dpi (dots per inch)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Normal photo resolution is 240dpi but by over-scanning we can work on very fine detail and reduce resolution when finished </li></ul>
  4. 4. Storing the photos <ul><li>The original photo is stored in a fire-proof box </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  5. 5. It's all about things called 'pixels' – photo restorers rearrange and replace pixels <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  6. 6. 3D to 2D <ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Getting to work <ul><li>Using Photoshop CS3 digital image editor we can change and rearrange the pixels to restore photos to their former glory. </li></ul><ul><li>Sound easy, huh? </li></ul><ul><li>It requires a painstaking attention to detail and the patience of a saint :)‏ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Voila- returned to its former beauty
  9. 9. What do my clients receive when the project is complete? <ul><li>Both the original 1200DPI scan and the fully restored imaged @ 300PDI on a CD (archival quality disc are optional)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>A restored print of the original size of the image </li></ul><ul><li>Return of the original photograph </li></ul><ul><li>The before and after photos posted to your own web gallery </li></ul>I look forward to working on your restoration project : [email_address]