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Photo restoration progression

My most recent photo restoration needed several different things done to it, so I decided to show the progression.

Here’s the original. It is showing age with cracks, yellowing, tape marks, dust and scratches. The horse is also so dark, you can’t really make out any detail in her.

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First up, the client wanted the photo rotated to bring the horses rear down. I lightened the picture so we can see some detail.

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Next, I colored in the sky blue; repaired the scratches, dust, cracks, etc.; and did a bit of color correction to the background.

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Getting closer! Here I colored the horse, and did more color editing to the background.

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Finally, I expanded the sky and ground to fill in the empty space left from rotating the picture, removed the tape, filled in the horse’s tail, removed the bright sunny spot on the horse’s back, and did some final color editing.

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Bubbles!

This was a fun one! The photographer was taking pictures of this little boy blowing bubbles, but the bubbles kept popping too fast for the pictures. I created some bubbles to digitally add into the picture.

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Head swap

This is something I encounter a lot with photographers. Everyone is smiling in the family photo but that one kid. This would be a great picture if only that one person were looking. I can fix that! It CAN be your favorite family picture! A head or body swap will do the trick.

Replaced children's heads with smiling faces
Replaced children’s heads with smiling faces

Replaced Dad with a happier version
Replaced Dad with a happier version

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Swapped little boy’s head


Color editing and effects

Most photos need some level of color correction – a little lighter or darker, remove a color cast from indoor lighting or an old photo. I can bring your old photos back to life, or simply edit an odd colored picture!

Isolated family to lighten and color correct
Isolated family to lighten and color correct

Removed yellow cast from aging photo for a more natural appearance.
Removed yellow cast from aging photo for a more natural appearance.

Removed red cast from aging photo for a more natural appearance.
Removed red cast from aging photo for a more natural appearance.

Adding a little color to an otherwise black and white picture can be a fun way to draw attention to details or make a special announcement (It’s a boy!).

Colorized bow for artistic effect.
Colorized bow for artistic effect.

Colorized shirt for artistic effect.
Colorized shirt for artistic effect.


Cosmetic Touch Ups

Sometimes cosmetic problems in photos just can’t be helped. You can’t control when you’ll have a break out or when the sun creates harsh shadows or glasses glare. But whether you need blemishes removed, teeth whitened, glare removed from glasses, or harsh shadows removed, I can help you! We all know the camera adds 10 pounds, so maybe you need a little slim down in your favorite picture. You can also have your teeth whitened or dark circles removed. Virtually any cosmetic changes that can help you love your picture are possible!

Whitened teeth.

Digital teething whitening

Smoothed woman's neck, removed shine from faces, removed glare on glasses, reduced redness in man's face

Smoothed neck, removed shine from faces, removed glasses glare, reduced redness in face

Removed blemishes

Blemish removal

Slimmed the face and whitened the teeth

Slimmed the face and whitened the teeth

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Removed glare from glasses

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Lightened roots on woman’s hair

Removed glare from glasses and dark circles under eyes.

Removed glare from glasses and removed dark circles under eyes

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Blemish removal

Removed harsh shadows.

Removed harsh shadows


Restoring old photos

Old family photos are priceless! Only the last few generations have had the privilege of taking a look back through time to see exactly how things were “back in the day.” And so it can be heart breaking when these pictures are damaged due to age, fire or flood. Luckily we live in the digital age, where you have your old, damaged photos restored and saved digitally for the generations to come.

Here I fixed the scratches and damaged spots, and made the color slightly more natural.

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This photo was in a frame when the glass got broken. That’s when it became noticeable that the picture was stuck to the glass! I was able to scan the picture still stuck to the glass and repair the broken glass areas.

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This old baby photo had cracked and been damaged from age.

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My client gave me her grandmother’s class picture from the 1930’s that had been ripped down the middle in 2 places and had many cracks. I’ve zoomed in on the areas where I reconstructed the faces that had been torn.

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This old portrait had pretty severe cracks in it. Repairing faces while maintaining a natural look can be challenging, but so rewarding to see the outcome!

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Removing people from a picture

There are many reasons you may want to have someone removed from a photo. Maybe they are in the background and are distracting from the subject. Maybe you never had a picture of just two particular people together. Maybe its a group photo of your office staff and a few people have moved on to other jobs now. Sometimes, you just don’t like someone! Whatever the reason, eliminating someone from a photo can be a simple task, or more difficult, depending on the background elements. You may also wish to add someone to a picture, which I will cover in a later post.

In this first picture, I removed the distracting objects and additional family members from the background to keep the focus on the little girl.

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Here, a daughter wanted a picture of just her and her dad when she was little. I removed the extra people from the picture, moved the little girl in front of her dad, and filled in the background.This was a heavy manipulation.

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In this picture, I removed the officiant to change the focus to the bride and groom. This was a heavy manipulation as well, and required the use of another photo to get the appropriate background.

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