Looking back.

One of the things I enjoy most is restoring photos. I do not claim to be the best at it but I try to get a decent result from the source given.

I was contacted by a friend of mine who had a very old shot of her grandparents on their wedding day. The only source was a scanned image in JPEG. Jpeg is a compressed format so I was worried that there were going to be a lot of artifacts present in the file. There didn't seem to be too many when I first inspected the shot.

Just a bit of damage.

As you can see, there are streaks all over as well as dark blotches across the two figures. The line at the top was the first to go along with a lot of work to removed to remove the streaks. A lot more care was taken where you have the streaks across the clothing and hair then there was with the fence and the sky. The priority work for this was to restore the people not the surrounding garden to much.

Once the majority of the clean up work was done I had a version that looked much better than the original but was lacking something. Colour! I have tried a restoration with colour a few times and thought this would be good practice and a great surprise for my friend when she saw it.

Cleaned up and colour added.

I added colour using the 'False Colour' technique. I created a new layer in Photoshop, named it 'Groom Suit' and painted a light blue colour where the suit was at 20% opacity. Set the layer to only allow the colour to show through, tidied up the edging and done as you see above. More layers were added, Bride Suit, Lawn Green, Sky Blue, Brick Work, House Roof, Skin Colour, Whites and Hair. Each layer was separate to allow for easy modification where needed.

Next was framing. I was asked if I could produce around 8 copies. The frame was larger than 6x but as earlier the focus was on the couple not the surrounding area of 1950's Chester so I cropped the image down to the 6x4 ratio.

Eight framed shots as requested.

In the end I printed and framed eight shots as requested and delivered the following week.