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We Specialize in Tintype Antiques Photo Restoration 1836-1917
PLUS Photograph Retouch Repair Refinish Restored 1918-2015
Fix:  Fades - Spots - Scratches - Tears - Cracks - Stains - Edges
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< 1st Set: 1981 Polaroid Snap

BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS:
Photo Artists are unblinking-focused.
Color values are layered composites.
Digital tools are the same as manual.
Photos break apart depositing spots in
dark areas, some light, corner to corner.
Enlarged photos will enlarge the spots.
This 2 year old subject has a large spot
on the tip of his nose, unflattering in light.
"Erase that 2nd Guy then Group Them Together and Keep our Plane"
#3 Photo Restoration: Cleaned up, Cropped and Centered.
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< 6th Set:  1883 School Boy Tintype Photo - Restored in 2005
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The #2 guy is a mechanic.
He's not wanted in this picture.
Pilots want only their fellow pilots.
This will be a composite change-out.
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< 5th Set: Photographer's Shadow is Seen in Photograph
    client's request:  "take his shadow out of that photo"

Before and After:  
The photographers shadow to be removed.  Purse in arm remains.
We need to take away the shadow, make the blouse white again, yet,
we need to redraw the ruffles onto blouse.  We can free-hand mouse draw.
Re-drawing ruffles is tricky, taking away a shadow is bits at a time tedious.  

Next the cracks, scratches, tears need to be taken away and color replaced.
Our customer was particular about her hair-color - wants only a tint of color.
In the photo our customer is 19.  Today she is in her 50's and happy now.  
She remembers the grass was so green but not as faded as the photo.
She remembers the color and wanted that color back.  We did it.
Airplane: 1941 P47d Thunderbolt
Motorcycle: 1947 Norton ES2
Flight Jacket: Gov't Bomber Flack
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< 3rd Set:  Plane, Pilot, Motorcycle, Combo
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This is the Squadron P47d Republic Thunderbolt Bomber.
The "shack date" was their 'bomber girl' a pilot's own pride.
Each had their own - hand-kissed for luck just before flying.

This "shack date girl" was painted by Irving Klaw in 1943.  
The model was Betty Page, a celebrity-model up to 1955.
In 1956, Betty Page turned to religion and became a nun.  

Our Photo Assignment  (before, extra, and after)
Our client called his buddy, "cigar man" for the obvious.
His buddy would hand-kiss his "Betty" each time he flew.
Cigar-man had to be in front of Betty on his motorcycle.   
Client's request:  "Make sure both are seen just as well."
We made his motorcycle proportionate size to the plane.

Remembered by his buddies, they all work together on a
very large farm (corporation) in Eastern Washington State.

All photos are from old "green-film" products - not B&W.
The old "green-film" needs to be matched to the others.  

This is not simple compositing, or vector copy and paste.
Whether vector or raster, there is no easy learning curve.
Almost all of this is done by hand with free-hand mouse.
No compositing can make this look like a natural photo.

It takes a experience, talent, patience, careful planning,
and real photo artistry to free-hand mouse draw, all of it.  
We rebuilt everything from the ground-up, quite literally.  

To finish we roughed in some foreground and background,
made the plane black and white like the day it was made.  
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< 4th Set: Draw a Soccer ball for Soccer-Coach-Grandpa
In this 1907 Sepia-Oval, Grandpa is 9 Years Old

This 1907 boy is our client's grandfather, soccer player, coach, association VP.
Today, our client is player, coach, President of their Florida Soccer Association.

At the arrow is a free-hand mouse drawn soccer ball.  Another restorer erased it.
Our client told us that the soccer ball is required to be in that picture for the team.

This grandfather has glue on the hair - we can redraw hair with a mouse-draw.
Shoes and soccer ball were mouse-drawn.  Fading causes millions of spots.
Spots are mostly caused with the flaking of chemicals as it peels off the photo.
The black oval border is from a time when plastic was used for frame-backing.
The oval was converted to a rectangle upon request.  
Our client requested the back-wall be "washed" - its wall plug be deleted.
Digital tools wipe
dark off the wall, then brighten, sharpen, its cleaned up.
Having dark colors over light colors, color values will adjust the subject.
We cropped the top and bottom, then centered the subject as its "
Star".
We gave this our top quality control. Tutors are available for students.
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BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTO SUMMARY:  
These Timeless Tintype Photographs followed genealogy, respectfully from 1839.
As tintype specialists we know their history, possibly their origin, how it was taken.
Photographers had a knob for their head to rest upon and a lean-table for stability.  
This one had scratches, spots, was faded to a dust color, with hardly an image left.  
Still as experts, we are able to restore tintype which have faded to almost black fade.
The original photographer painted a gold ring on the child's index finger in humor.
Perhaps he thought it would be a joke. The client wanted the ring taken away.  
Tintypes need to be digitally mastered with advanced knowledge, high resolution.  
We are specialists, advanced student instructors for antique tintype photographs.
Patience is needed to repair tiny scratches, spots, to reproduced the photographs.  
A real family face emerged from the ash-grey image as we pulled out color in it.
Ferro-types were hand colored in its day, as the photographer would patiently daub
the image with color from the head of a pin.  In a close-up zoom, we saw this detail:  
worn surfaces on the foot rungs of the stool, and in more detail, we saw his folded
socks which couldn't be seen otherwise as we made them more prominently
seen.  We cleaned, repaired, reconstructed this photo top to bottom.

ABOUT TINTYPE FRAMES (left)
This is how a tintype frame looked.  Leather-bound backing, leather-hinge, metal
all around the inside and front - it's a metal picture inside of an ornate brass frame.
Engineering abounds as its corners were folded over to 'hitch' with the brass frame.
On the left side of its "book" it had an over-stuffed velvet pad which hid a lady-mirror.
The mirror was used for polishing a lady's face with a velvet
make-up powder-pad.
On the right side was that brass (gilded) ornate brass frame linking the photograph.
Many of them were taken out of its frame as children played then broke the picture.
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mouse-drawn soccer ball
The 1st guy and the plane will be a mouse-redraw and 2nd guy deleted but erasing this guy will force us to redraw parts of the airplane behind.  
Free-Hand Mouse-drawing is for professionals who use compositing methods along with several brushes. The pilots want this to look natural.
This takes lots of redrawing and artistry to make this picture look like it was never changed.  Besides redrawing the photograph completely, only
an expert can draw curves and circles with a computer mouse.  See another below to see a mouse-drawn soccer ball, taking talent and practice.  
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Below are the second half of this assignment involving more free-hand mouse-drawing, layering in composite artistry and lots of grays.
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