All of our projects are quoted individually and costs will vary according to the
time required and complexity of restoration. The following pages will give a reasonable
idea of the work put into the three key price bands.
We restore your pictures using the latest computer techniques. This ensures that
the original photograph can be returned to you unaltered and the full power of modern
technology can be used to restore and enhance the image.
The first part of the process is to scan the photograph: this does not harm the original
and allows a replica to be captured by the computer. During the scanning process
there are decisions to be made about scan resolution and file format which will vary
according to the quality of the original photograph and the size and purpose of the
final image. The next step is to rebalance the image in black and white or colour.
This will remove any fading which has occurred over the years and eradicate any variations
in exposure in the original photo.
The most important stage is the removal, with the latest software applications, of
any damage to the image such as scratches, torn corners or creases. This process
calls for a blend of technical knowledge and artistic awareness garnered over several
years of experience. A good restorer can remove significant amounts of damage in
such a way that it is very difficult to detect on the final image.
After this comes image manipulation, if required. An old black-and-white photo can
be artistically coloured to give it new vibrancy and interest. A modern image can
be rendered into monochrome or sepia for a change of mood. An individual can be removed
from a picture into a new background (or disposed of completely!). Many other adjustments
are possible so please ring to discuss them with us.
The final stage in the process is enlargement (if desired) and printing. We employ
multi-cartridge photographic printers for the highest quality results. These have
8 colour cartridges and a very fine print head. In addition we use the finest quality
photographic paper. All of this means that the final image will be a significant
improvement on the original. For an additional charge we can provide a ‘soft’ copy
of the picture on CD-ROM which will allow the family treasure to be preserved for
future generations. It can be resized and reprinted to share with others over and