Tuesday, March 31, 2009

RESCUED-Precious but Damaged Baby Photo

Here it is again - one very damaged photo:

The repair and restoration process is now finished:Every time I work on a project like this I learn more.

New techniques, more control, a better eye.

A rewarding project for me - the rescue of a precious photo from my client's childhood.

At the two fundraisers I attended recently as a sponsor/vendor I was amazed at how many people, when they saw samples of my work restoring old photos, told me of old, damaged family photos they have at home that they didn't know what to do with, nor had they realized how well their photos could be restored. Talk about excitement! While in the past the bulk of my work has been custom-designed scrapbook layouts, at the moment there's been a big shift toward photo restoration.

So if you've got old and precious photos that are in sad shape, call me! Don't delay because the more time goes by the worse their condition will become. I'll scan them and repair and restore them. I can even add color if you like, or a sepia tint for that gorgeous vintage look. You'll get your originals back, unchanged, plus the restored versions as digital files, AND beautiful prints for your album or your wall.

Just click on the "Contact" button on the right-hand side of this blog and send me an email, or call toll-free anytime (866) 521-DIGI (3444).

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Progress on Photo Repair and Restoration

Remember this?
I worked on it more today. It's been quite the challenge. I have been learning some new techniques now that I've upgraded to Photoshop CS3 and so it's been a bit slower than usual. But So. Much. FUN! I live for this stuff.

Here it is after today's work:
It's pretty much done but will leave it to "settle" for a day or two and then look at it again. I'm leaning a little toward thinking the eyes/forehead area may be a little too light....yet at the same time if I consider the highlights in the little girl's bangs, perhaps the lightness of the upper part of the face is due to the type of lighting the photographer used at the time. I'll decide for sure in a couple of days when I look at it again with fresh eyes.

I'm quite happy with the way this is turning out.
I hope my client will be happy, too!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

More Photo Repairs - Faded Color and Dust Specks

Before you ask, no, I haven't continued the work on yesterday's black-and-white photo. Working on that photo is intense! There's so much damage, and I have to zoom in and work slowly and carefully, almost pixel by pixel in some areas. I needed a break so I decided to work on some other photos; old faded color photos with minimal damage to repair. Here are two of them.

This first picture is my younger son, Michael, at about 3 years old, so it is from about 1982:
You can see that the color is faded and there's some kind of white stain along Michael's arm, stomach, and leg. He was dirty and muddy from gardening but that still doesn't explain the white! Hard to see here but there are also a lot of dust speckles in the background trees.
This is my result after cleaning up the dust specks, correcting the color, and removing the white stains.

The next photo is Michael again, a couple years later, maybe 1984 or so. There's less damage to this photo, but again the color is faded as is very typical of color photos from that time frame, especially when stored improperly (what can I say, I didn't know any better).

I corrected the color and removed the minimal scratches and spots. I decided to also crop this photo since I don't know the little guy in the background and wanted to clearly focus on Michael. Finally, I slightly blurred the background trees to further bring the focus on Michael and the slide in the foreground.

What do you think?

Oh, by the way, these photos were both scanned from prints. I'm excited to have digital copies now! You can bet I'll be making digital scrapbook layouts with these.

Stay tuned for more photo repair, restoration, and enhancements!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Photo Repair and Restoration Project In Work

At the fundraiser on Saturday I met a number of people interested in having old, damaged photos repaired and restored. Here is the first project I have been working on today; a photo of my client as a little girl. A very precious photo, but it's taken quite the beating over the years:
It's painstaking work, and it's not done yet, but here is the result so far:
Better! Still have a ways to go, though, most of the work left to do is on the right side of the photo. It's so rewarding seeing this photo come back to life! I'll be working more on the contrast and tone of the photo as well as finishing the repair where cracks and tape residue have done their damage.

The restoration continues tomorrow. I'll post another version after I've made more progress.

Wedding Layout to break the Webajeb Silence, LOL

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Hi All, I'm back!!

Had a great vacation in Florida, attended an awesome fundraiser on Saturday, then rested yesterday. Now that I've caught my breath I'm ready to dive back in.

At the fundraiser, when I wasn't talking with people about my Digi-scrapbooking for Hire business I was working on The Wedding Album. I got 16 pages done! Shown above is one of my faves from the day.

I've got a long To-Do List for today and it includes more blog updates (so check back again later!) and new client business (woot!) so I'm going to be busy today and all week, in fact. So time to start checking in frequently (or subscribe to my blog and follow me in a reader) OR send me your email address and I'll let you know when I update my blog!

Back at ya later!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Out of It, Pretty Much!

I apologize for the lack of updates recently. I've been sooooo busy. A trip to southern California to hang with my Mom for a week, back home this week where I've been trying to get caught up on both personal and biz stuff. If you are on subscribe to the Webajeb newsletter you know this already. And tomorrow my hubby and I leave for a week in Florida to visit his folks. Plus, getting ready for a fundraiser on the 21st (I'm a vendor) - whew!

I'm "give out," as my friend, Nona, from Arkansas used to say. Thankfully, I'm pretty much done packing (just a few last-minute things to throw in the suitcase), and then I can relax for the evening and, hopefully, go to bed early. We have a 7:30 a.m. flight to catch at an airport about 45 mins. away so you can do that math, I don't want to think about it!

I WILL be updating this blog with some fun new stuff when I return, and after the fundraiser. So, y'all come back now!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Really Quick Boy Scrapbook Layout

Sometimes a picture just says it all. My nephew's expression when he saw me pointing my camera at him really needs no caption!

Sometimes I want a a very simple one-photo layout - like this. The background paper is Club Scrap Digital and I'm sorry but I can't remember where I got the polaroid frame. The postal stamp is from a dingbats alpha downloaded from the internet. The stapes are mine.

And that's it!