Photo Retouching, Photo Repair and Restoration
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Photo Retouching and Photo Restoration from Image-Restore
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We have been retouching and restoring your photos long enough to accumulate over 600 positive customer reviews on the freeindex. Featured in Digital Photographer Magazine issue 111 as the photo restoration expert and on Welsh TV S4C, and a fully fledged Lynda.com Author in photo restoration. Lynda.com is the number one place for training videos.
Below are more examples of the kind of photo restoration work we carry out and why we think we have the edge over the competition.
Photo retouching a and repair samples
Probably the best photo restorations on the web
Photo restorations are essential
Photo restorations are essential, you need to preserve this important part of your family history. Your family are trusted to carry on the memory for the next generation. If left unrestored the photo or negative may end up unrepairable and future generations won't have that vital visual link to their past. Don't delay, take action. Ensure you get 2 prints from your restoration and a copy to a family member to ensure its safety. If you are a Genealogist or Historian or just researching your family tree, or if you have any questions visit the site for fast, friendly repairs.
Retouching a photo with a piece missing
Example of bad photo retouching
How to tell good photo retouching from bad photo retouching
(Picture Above - shows inexperienced retouching technique with repeating tiling marks and poor cloning)
When you decide to have a photo restoration, how do you know that you its going to be done properly? You can look at the site that offers the restoration and look at their example images of "before" and "after" and surely if it looks good then that's all there is to it. The price is right so why not go for it.
STOP! I will tell you why. Look closely at those "before" and "after" images of the so called photo repairs. Think about what the restoration artist has done. Let us check the skill level of the restoration artist.
1. When replacing a back ground on a portrait. Has the background got the same tone and texture and grain as the part of the image that is left. Look carefully as there may be some telltale signs of a quick fix. Halos or smudged lines around the original subject or person. There may also be cropping of the photo repair where the artist has eased the workload and trimmed off background that they didn't want to deal with. Did you ask for that, and do you mind?
2. Restoring details in the background. Are there strange repeat patterns in the background? Does it look like the grass is like a repeat pattern wallpaper? Does the same bit of wood appear many times, or is that brick wall just a 10 times copy and repeated over and over to save time? Is there smudging or are there ill defined areas where the artist has simply blotted out details?
3. Does it look like it has been restored? When an image is very badly damaged, the artist will have to work hard to fix the damaged areas. Depending on the skill of the artist the image may look like it has been worked on. This will normally be where large areas of faces have been damaged or smooth tones or block colours have been divided by a tear or tape marks. However a skilled artist will make sure that the tones and the texture match and that the photo repair does not just look like a lifeless block of colour.
Look out for these pointers when examining the work on display, if you detect any of this go somewhere else, as the skills probably aren't there in the first place.
(See below for an example of good photo retouching)
Example of good photo retouching
OK so iv'e checked the sample restorations now what?
OK so the company you are looking to use has sample restorations and you
have looked at them, are they actually big enough to see?
If not then why not? Are they hiding something? Probably. If you were were trying to sell yourself on the net and were proud of your work wouldn't you look for some nice large samples to look at to see if they were suitably skilled in their craft?
Can you contact your photo restoration company
Possibly the greatest photo restorations on the web
Can you contact your restoration company?
Do they hide behind web forms?
When choosing your restoration company, do the have a land line phone
number?, do they only list a mobile or not a all but hide behind a
"contact us" web form? No email address is visible? Why is that?
If the company is working full time in photo restoration why would they use a "form" for you to contact them. Surely they would be at a workstation restoring photos? Therefore they would have a phone next to them, wouldn't they?
Be wary of those that don't have a land line phone number as they are more likely not doing the job full time and are not an expect in photo restoration!
Under cutting everyone's prices?
Are alarm bells ringing if you see this?
Is the company you are interested in undercutting everyone else you have looked at. More likely they are failing as a business and are desperate to get the work. If they only charge a small amount for their restoration be sure to know where the restoration work is being carried out.
Its perfectly possible the work is being farmed out to eastern countries where labour is cheaper. That's ok if you like the restoration style in this part of the world, which is airbrushed and soft, exaggerated colours and smoothed over skin, so much so it looks like porcelain. Contact is likely to be slower as well and if you need any adjustments to your photo and the time zones are very different be prepared for a long wait for a response.
Sticking with local companies to your country will not only boost your economy but give you speed of turn around and workmanship. That is of course if they are a full time restoration artist as mentioned in "can you contact your photo restoration company".
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