Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • Kaybenson
    • By Kaybenson 10th Apr 18, 2:24 PM
    • 868Posts
    • 54Thanks
    Kaybenson
    Reconditioning a Picture!
    • #1
    • 10th Apr 18, 2:24 PM
    Reconditioning a Picture! 10th Apr 18 at 2:24 PM
    Good afternoon all,

    I have a picture which is somehow damaged. Is there a way i can get this reconditioned via a software or online?

    Cheers

    Kay
Page 1
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 10th Apr 18, 2:32 PM
    • 2,671 Posts
    • 1,918 Thanks
    Tarambor
    • #2
    • 10th Apr 18, 2:32 PM
    • #2
    • 10th Apr 18, 2:32 PM
    Damaged in what way? Is it a physical photo, a computer file?
    • Kaybenson
    • By Kaybenson 10th Apr 18, 4:41 PM
    • 868 Posts
    • 54 Thanks
    Kaybenson
    • #3
    • 10th Apr 18, 4:41 PM
    • #3
    • 10th Apr 18, 4:41 PM
    Damaged in what way? Is it a physical photo, a computer file?
    Originally posted by Tarambor
    Physical photo.

    I think water spilled into part of it.
    • Heedtheadvice
    • By Heedtheadvice 10th Apr 18, 5:17 PM
    • 792 Posts
    • 379 Thanks
    Heedtheadvice
    • #4
    • 10th Apr 18, 5:17 PM
    • #4
    • 10th Apr 18, 5:17 PM
    If you scan it into a computer file such as a jpeg type there are many a software packages (and some free) where you can potentially improve the visual look of photographs.
    Results are usually limited in that although you can improve 'exposure'issuesbto a certain degree, replicate undamaged to damaged areas (if they match and are not too big to be obvious) and otherwise modify images you are unlikely to fix large damaged areas!

    Then only way is to get advice from an expert who can see the photo or just download a free app and give it a go (on a copy of the scanned file). One of the easier ones to use is Photoscope (free) though there are some much better and more complicated to use.
    • Neil Jones
    • By Neil Jones 10th Apr 18, 6:39 PM
    • 1,231 Posts
    • 713 Thanks
    Neil Jones
    • #5
    • 10th Apr 18, 6:39 PM
    • #5
    • 10th Apr 18, 6:39 PM
    I think your "feed this picture into some software and let it do stuff all on its own in two seconds" idea is a bit movie-esque. A proper restoration can take a long time.

    I always remember somebody once asked me if they could blow a picture up. It was only 100px by 100px and they wanted to blow that up to a standard where it would look good on a sheet of A3. I said I can blow it up but contrary to what the movies will have you believe, it'll look crap and blocky. "It'll be fine" they said. So we did it and of course it looked like a blocky lump of crap. Cue disappointment. "Told you so," I said.
    • mart44
    • By mart44 10th Apr 18, 8:24 PM
    • 192 Posts
    • 100 Thanks
    mart44
    • #6
    • 10th Apr 18, 8:24 PM
    • #6
    • 10th Apr 18, 8:24 PM
    Restoring and colouring old photos was a major pastime for me a few years back. These processes can take a long time. Below is a WW1 photo that I did. It is possible to take all of the sepia out but having done the restoration in B/W, I thought it might be better with a degree of sepia. The photo was processed in Corel PhotoPaint (included in the Home & Student version of the CorelDraw Suite):


    Error! - Keyboard not attached. Press any key to continue.
    • Heedtheadvice
    • By Heedtheadvice 10th Apr 18, 9:52 PM
    • 792 Posts
    • 379 Thanks
    Heedtheadvice
    • #7
    • 10th Apr 18, 9:52 PM
    • #7
    • 10th Apr 18, 9:52 PM
    Excellent job done there, Mart. You will have put in a lot of work to do that.

    It was very fortunate too that (unless your post is just low resolution) that the restoration did not have a lot of detail so you could infill in the missing bits. For the OP it should be pointed out that the smaller size of missing bits are the easiest to doctor and the gig areas more problematic especially if they should have unique detailing them.

    Nevertheless a great example of what can be done by changes by hand with software. Automatic as Neil says though it is not.
    • mart44
    • By mart44 10th Apr 18, 10:13 PM
    • 192 Posts
    • 100 Thanks
    mart44
    • #8
    • 10th Apr 18, 10:13 PM
    • #8
    • 10th Apr 18, 10:13 PM
    I shrunk the images down so they didn't look too big in the forum page but they are more detailed than that in the original larger size.
    Error! - Keyboard not attached. Press any key to continue.
    • SteveJW
    • By SteveJW 11th Apr 18, 10:44 AM
    • 487 Posts
    • 292 Thanks
    SteveJW
    • #9
    • 11th Apr 18, 10:44 AM
    Picture restoration
    • #9
    • 11th Apr 18, 10:44 AM
    Dependant on what the picture is, I would consider looking for a forum / group that specialises in the subject
    I'm a member of a family history forum and people fall over themselves to restore / repair related pitures

    Good luck
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

3,206Posts Today

6,301Users online

Martin's Twitter
  • I've decided my weekend starts here while the sun's glow is still baskable. So I'm signing off. Have a great weeke? https://t.co/9FxNEpDs6p

  • No not correct. The big six do, but you can get fixed tariffs guaranteed not to rise and about 25% cheaper. Just tr? https://t.co/B2ft5OS3Ig

  • Baaaa! Scottish Power has bleated and followed the herd, today announcing it's putting up energy prices by 5.5%. R? https://t.co/vi3hBxo4Hn

  • Follow Martin