09 April, 2009

How to restore a picture, which ist 100 years old?!

People "live" after their death in the memories of their families and friends and as well in photographs.
In this case it is a photograph from my grand-grand-grandmother. The picture is from 1890 - 1910, the size is 30x40cm and it is fixed on a cardboard.

I scaned and edited it with Photoshop CS. I used the clone stamp, selective color (neutrals and black) and curves. I needed for this restoration 30 - 40 minutes.

I know the last step isn't really perfect, but I think that an old picture needs a little bit of patina.

Original scan:





I've used this picture as a layer for my "business card":

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