Our long history in photography (over 20 years as Colin Sunkel Photography – our founding company) is a benefit to our broad restoration service. Our old school connections to the “good old-fashioned” style of restoring a photograph are still applicable. Many mini-labs are able to produce a copy a simple photograph, the old school techniques however take it much further. We don’t just copy and print, our designers understand that images must be captured to a much higher resolution before retouching even begins. Further, our photographic background gives us the skills to crop and edit images with greater effect.
Old school vs Digital: Both options are still available.
This still leaves us with two options, we can guide the client according to the requirements for the best result. One is the digital airbrush route the other is the old school airbrush route with an airbrush artist straying paint onto the surface of a photographic print.
Here we scan the picture in high resolution (larger images are photographed), the image is cropped and our graphic designer does the usual Photoshop magic to restore and repair the overall image. Last but not least, it is sent to our colour specialist for fine tuning before printing. The colour specialist ensures the final image has the ideal colour, contrast and sharpness. As many restoration jobs are from old or damage photographs, this is more important than a simple copy and retouch.
Old school airbrush:
Here we scan the picture in high resolution (if it is too large for teh scanner, we photograph the image with a high resolution camera), the image is cropped and sent to our printer. The printer prints the image light, light enough for the airbrush artist to see detail in order to add all the required artwork.
- Old School
The above image shows how a badly damaged old image can be restored.
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