Digital photograph restoration refers to renovation of old/ damaged photographs with the help of advanced software. In other words, the picture restoration is a process wherein the time-worn physical photographs are refurbished and digitalized. The digital photograph restoration process involves several stages starting from scanning and saving to retouching of photographs. Since the process demands the need for high-end software, it is generally outsourced to professional photo repair service companies.
The following are some of the crucial aspects of photograph restoration:
This would be the first and critical step in the picture restoration process. The success of the scanning process depends upon the right selection of resolution and file format. When you choose higher pixels, the image gets more detail and quality, which is actually good for editing as the image can withstand more retouching, if deemed necessary. At the same time, a high resolution image would increase the file size. Thus, the selection of right resolution plays a major role in the digital photo restoration process.
File Format Selection
Saving your original photos is very important if you are intending to retouch it. The scanned photographs need be stored in a particular file format. Usually, the selection of file format is based on the purpose for which the photographs are to be used. JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) and TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) are some of the popularly used file formats. Again, both the file formats have their own advantages. The JPEG files are smaller than TIFF and occupy less space on your system. On the other hand, TIFF could be a great file format if you are intending to print large photographs as it offers greater detail.
Color Adjustment – An Optional Means to Colorization
Old photographs are susceptible to fading over a period of time. The color adjustment process is a part of the photo retouching process in which the brightness and contrast of the image are adjusted. Color correction can be either conversion of a black & white photograph into a color image or just enhancing and retaining the black & white image. Meanwhile, the lighting conditions of the photograph should also be improved if the picture is over exposed or under exposed. The ‘white balance’, ‘Hue/Saturation’ or ‘Levels’ are tools some of the used to enhance the color of the image. This, however, needs to be done with maximum care so that the actual mood of the photograph is not lost. Removing the flaws from the digital photo forms an important part of photographs restoration process. The digital image could also get marred by lines formed while scanning the physical photograph. And such scan lines, marks, spots, stains, tear and other imperfections are removed with the help of ‘patch tool’, while dust is removed by ‘Imagenomic’ and ‘Noiseware Professional’.