This photograph of a soldier had great damage.
I cleaned the image and restored the background into the original brown colors,
trying to respect as close as possible the
lighting effect in the large face on the back.
This is an image of four kids in the snow from 1961.
Instant Polaroids from that era were developed, and still are, inside the camera and with some
special chemicals into the photographs, causing with time
an easy fading of color. In this particular case I saved three different steps of the actual
restoration, that you can click and follow all along the thumbnails in the pop-up window.
Continue clicking until you get back to the original damaged shot,
and you will get an idea of the restoration process of a photograph.
A beautiful portrait shot of a beautiful lady, circa 1940's.
The damage was minimal, yet it requiered some work.
Not even the owner of the photograph could say
whether the dot on her left cheek was a beauty mark,
or just a stain in the photograph. My client opted for removing it.
This Dominican gentleman wanted to restore an old photograph of himself.
I cropped the background and later worked on the person's restoration.
He also wanted to change the colors to a more elegant suit and tie,
so I gave him a grey suit and shirt, with a light purple tie. Good?
This photograph had lost its color entirely, leaving only the magenta in it.
I masked individually the components of the shot, adding color
to each piece on it. The original colors where not provided, so I
improvised them, later accepted and enjoyed by my client.
This is another example how a photograph can lose its color due to old chemicals,
non-archival materials and/or excesive exposure to light or the sun.
The shot had contrast and color restored, also adding a vintage sienna-look
and a background replacement.
These are two different view-samples of six I got.
A gentleman wanted to 'protect' the corporate image and this beer-keg design,
in order to introduce a new product into the US market.
I cleaned the labels, and restored the kegs, preserving the metallic look of them.
Photograph of a Chef in action, with typical damage on it.
He also wanted me to add a realistic effect
of cooking-fire to the photograph.
I used Photoshop to make the fire and Eye Candy to boost the result.
This is a moment in time, an instant inside the kitchen.
This is a Jamaican lady friend of a friend of mine.
His original shot had too many glares and stains.
I tried as much as possible to match the floor wooden tiling to its original state.
I also added a bit of make-up to the body glares, mainly in her legs and face.
This was a very damaged photograph, in fact it was in 2 pieces and parts of it was missing.
I scanned them individually and mounted them together.
The man at the bottom had the eyes completly destroyed, so I transplanted the eyes
of a similar eye and nose structure, Joe diMaggio. This was a laborious restoration.
A peculiar job, asked by a gentleman wanted to surprise an old schoolmate
by giving him a photo representing their long-lasting friendship
yet removing the rest of the class.
Try to point the boys that 'donated' the bodies where I implanted their heads to.
Using the original shot, I put them together at the entrance of their old school gate.
A moderate restoring and retouching job.
I cleaned a couple of ink lines on it, as well as restoring the woman's face
where the paper was peeled off by glueing another photograph of a face and then removed.
I also adjusted light, contrast and centered it.
First I am presenting two details showing how damaged this photograph was.
The third thumbnail shows the overall image.
I tried to restore the face and body preserving the girl's physical attributes.
This photograph was very small, so it made it complicated to rescue while scanning.
The original shot was tilted, so I adjusted it and placed the child in the middle of the photograph.
This photograph needed moderate restoring and adjusting of lights and shades.
I cleaned all of the stains and cracks, the image being at least 80 years old.
I gave it a vintage look by turning it into a sienna image, and gave it an outter glow background.
I used one side of the scarf to add simmetry to her neck, yet preserving the ancient Greek outfit,
characteristic of the time it was taken.
This gentleman wanted to erase the background and preserve him and the lady next to him by themselves.
I cropped it, and made a new background in warm colors,
adding a touch of magenta to balance the composition.
He had taped around the original photograph to limit what he wanted as an image.
I added a layer of color to dim the shine on their foreheads.
This image needed mostly color restoring.
It had lost contrast and I had to restore the original color shades.
The restored image resembled what it was when it was first taken.
I changed the T-Shirt from red into blue, as well as blured a touch behind the boy's head.
This is one of those photographs you can only do so much.
It was tremendously damaged. Cracks, stains, no contrast or lights aside than being very small.
I had to work for hours on this one to achieve a result.
The idea was to preserve the original take without altering it too much into a new one.
The client wanted to get rid of the background as much as possible.
Thisphotograph of a group of children was commisioned for color and cleaning restoration.
It was given to me in 3 different pieces, and needed considerable work.
It had lost most of its original hues, and the background was covered with stains.
I adjusted color to the client specifications, some light and contrast.
This photograph of a boy from the 1930's, was commisioned for a moderate retouching.
It had a major crack on the upper part, and the lower right corner was missing,
as well as stains all over it. I corrected the problems and also adjusted some light and contrast.
This photograph of a wedding reception was commisioned to add another person.
The client had taped a section of another photograph, right over the edge of the original one.
I blended this person in, manipulating the shadows behind his head, the skin tones,
the sitting lady's back and chair and the background in general.
This photograph of a c. 1920's NYC grocery store, was commisioned for an extensive restoration process.
It was missing pieces of image and covered with stains, and also needed color adjustments.
Results where highly satisfactorily, and a sepia-tone layer was added at the end respecting the original color.
These two photographs of a woman and a baby were used to achieve a one-piece original.
Both of the photos were greatly damaged, and I had to go through a major restoration process.
I adjusted both figures into a single composition.
Color, light, contrast and basically the whole background were re-done.
This photograph of a graduating man and his mom was giving to me
with the purpose of adding his father to the group.
A second photo was given to me of the father, unfortunately I don't have it anymore,
yet I managed to add the father and make it look
like he was present during his son's graduation in a loving embrace.
This photograph of a man in his toga was also severly damaged.
I had to redo quite a bit of his face, and the many stains all over the image were also corrected.
I made a new background and the image was basically recreated in its whole.
This family group photograph had moderate damage yet great loss of color. I had to manipulate it
by adjusting contrast in order to bring it back alive.
I made a new background and restored the faces as well as cleaned the image of stains.
The results were greatly appreciated.