We all have photos that we love, and for those of us who are old enough (*ahem*), we have prints from film negatives that time has not been kind to. Old prints degrade over time due to lots of environmental factors: humidity, temperature, environmental chemicals (regular every day cleaning agents that are floating around in the air of our homes), improper display or handling, or inferior printing methods when the prints were made. Some become victims of water damage or mold, others fade drastically due to exposure to ultra violet rays. Whatever the case, there IS hope, and most can be restored digitally with amazing success.
I was asked to take a look at the wedding photo below and see what could be done with it. The color had shifted noticeably, there were spots on the print, the background detracted from what would otherwise be a really beautiful image, and despite it *almost* being a lovely silhouette, it wasn't quite there.
I started off scanning the original image and created a high resolution digital file to work from (the print, from the client's wedding album, was unharmed and returned in the same condition it was provided). Once I had a good digital file to work with, I slowly and painstakingly started the process of correcting the color, adjusting the contrast, restored details, repaired spots and damage, and replaced the background. We wanted to do something special with the image, so we opted for an 11 X 14 canvas gallery wrap to display in the master bedroom of the client's new home. They were thrilled with the results!
The original image (left) had faded and discolored over time. The client wanted to have the plates of cookies removed from the background, have the color corrected, damaged areas of the print restored, and make the image more of the silhouette it was intended to be. Additionally, they wanted this image to be a piece of wall art worthy of prominent display in their new home. They cherish the end result, and are thrilled to have their special memory transformed into a memorable piece of art.