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Digital Restoration of Old Photos

Rachel Arbuckle | 1st February, 2020 | 3 Mins Read

Digital Restoration of Old Photos

We know that all nostalgics out there love their collection of printed photos.

And while it's true that going through all of the memories you've collected over the years in their physical form may be quite satisfying and joyful, print pictures also have some disadvantages, especially in our modern age.

Preserving your picture collection is a difficult task when it comes to print, as the photographic paper is very sensitive.

Over time, colors tend to fade, and small accidents like water or coffee spills can even completely ruin them. Not to mention that in case of an unfortunate disaster, you might lose all your precious immortalized moments. That's why digitizing your old photos is a great idea and with the help of professional service, you can get them in perfect condition!

How the Restoration Process Works

If you choose to go about it DIY style, take into account that you will need a good scanner, patience, and loads of time, as this process can get quite meticulous. But if you have a big collection, we recommend leaving it to the professionals, who can also retouch your pictures once they are digitized. So what's the actual process your pictures go through?

  • Step 1: Breaking down the project. This means taking inventory of all your pictures, organizing them in categories, and breaking them into sessions. This step not only helps the digitizing process go faster but it also helps with the actual process of organizing the printed photos you want to keep.
  • Step 2: Preparing your picture to be scanned. Now, this is a part that needs a lot of care and attention, as scanning is a very sensitive process. First, the scanner bed needs to be cleaned, as this is the key to getting high-quality photo scans that don't need too much retouching. The photos need to be cleaned as well, and most professionals use compressed air to blow the dust off, as cloths or wipes can seriously damage the picture.
  • Step 3: Scanning your photos. Using a scanner can be a lot of fun, but it also needs patience and some technical knowledge, as the digital copy of your picture needs to go through the software before it actually gets saved and stored on the computer.
  • Step 4: Retouching your freshly digitized photos. For this part, most professionals use editing software like Photoshop or Corel. This offers the liberty to crop pictures, do some digital corrections such as taking out creases or red eyes, and adjust their size and even their color.

Work With a Professional Photo Organizing Service

Digitizing your whole photo collection is not an easy task to take on. It's time-consuming and might even cost you more than hiring a professional service to help you out with it.

Working with us means not only having your pictures digitized and then dropped right back at your door but building a system tailored to your goals and needs that will keep your photo collection organized, easy to reach and share, and most of all, preserve your memories so that they can be passed on for generations to come. We're only a phone call away and ready to restore your pictures and bring them into modern-day technology!

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