Photo Restoration: The Process

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raditionally, photo restoration is done by airbrush technique. What is an airbrush?? It is a mechanical brush that uses no bristles to apply the paint. Instead, compressed air is forced through a fine nozzle to break up the paint into an ultra fine mist. This mist can be broad or fine to direct it to an exact location on the photograph. An artist can carefully "paint" a light tone to reduce a dark area and conversely use a darker pigment to cover a lighter tone. The airbrush gives an artist the most control and allows them to manipulate the "brush" to produce textures that are difficult to obtain by conventional methods. All work is done on a work print, not on your original as it is considered very risky to work on any original print. The work print is copied and a final print and negative is given to the client. Many people ask us about computer restorations and we have discussed the pros and cons with many folks that have purchased those services or have done it themselves. The overall consensus is that you can have a better quality job done by a pro but it will cost a lot more because you are paying for their knowledge and skills. If you do it yourself, it will cost a lot less, but may take a long time to complete it.

Although today many restorations are being done by computer, when we complete your airbrush restoration, we provide you with a photographic print (not a computer printout). In addition, for an extra charge we can print the restoration on acid free, fiber paper. You are also given the final negative which allows you to make additional copies in the future. The negative we give you is archivally processed meaning that it will last at least 100 years.


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