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This is one of our first ever, free-hand mouse drawing - of a soccer ball.
Our client told us that another restorer (Florida) erased the original ball.  
This 1907 boy is our client's great-grandfather, who was a soccer coach.
Today, our client is Coach and President of a Florida Soccer Association.

Glue over the hair - we will redraw the hair.
Client request: "a different hair-do".
The black border will be trimmed-out, the oval  converted into a rectangular photo.
Fading causes millions of age-spots which enlarge along with its enlargement.

We need redraw the shoes and move the ball near "da coach" as if always there.
Free-hand mouse-drawing of round objects is not easy.  We are professionals.  
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< 5th Set: Photographer's Shadow is seen in the Photo.
client request:  "take that guy's shadow out of that photo!"

Before and After Photo Task:  
The photographer's shadow is caught in the photograph.  That happens.
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.
Drawing the ruffles will be tricky but not tough for an artist.  

Next the cracks, scratches, tears need to be taken away and color replaced.
Our customer was particular about her hair Colo wanting only a bit of tint.
Our customer is in the photo when she was 19 but is in her 50s's now.  
But she remembers the color and wants that color back again.  We did it.
Next, she remembers the grass was so green but not as faded as the photo.
We renewed the photograph by getting rid of that fade and print a new one.
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PHOTO SUMMARY:
All photos have dust-spots in the darker areas.
Polaroids accumulate more dust than others.
As a photo is enlarged, spots get much bigger.
There is a dust-spot on the end of this child nose.
More spots on the plant, accumulated everywhere.
Each spot is removed with a keen-eye on detailing
without blinking an eye with a meticulous close work.
A wall-plug is easily removed quickly with a "zap!"
Whether manual work or digital work, its the same
as our working tools are the same for both methods.
1st Set:  1981 Polaroid:  Faded, Spots, Cleaning, Changes,
Assignment:  "Erase the 2nd Guy -- Move that 1st (left) Guy to the Right"
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< 6th Set:   "mother and son" - a 24"X36" Self-Portrait

BEFORE:
Cracks!   Scratches!   Always!  That takes our keen, close detailing.
PixSavers has what it takes for paintings,
with two ways to fix them.  
A cracked
painting is different than a photo. We can digital tool-it, or
methods for oil and watercolors is to professionally brush them out.  
Our artist has a steady brush to repaint to its
original image format, but original colors
won't match with todays color palette.
We have a method for that too.  

For our students, its an understudy.
No matter how its restored, it's level
of difficulty is more than a point-test.

AFTER:
Still at 24x36, cracks, scratches, spots,
and parts of its background are restored.
Paintings are valued, but some owners
hang them up, and then,
show and tell.
We
won't tell how we restore this one.

Its mate, another is on Gallery-3   
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 THIS TINTYPE FRAME (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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Before Photo:  
The oval border is covering 2 legs and an-arm. This photo needs a free-hand drawing.
Photo Artists are experts at computer art, tech savvy engineers who know their mouse.
The jeans will have fading and realistic wrinkles as if it came from its original authors.

After Photo:
Erasing spots may look easy but they can work against you, making a forever-mistake.
Art tools are the same as manual drafting tools as tiny as digital tools can be, but then
when you're an expert, you make adjustments in your canvass that makes the work a
little easier to blend all this artistry together.  The same brush is used, manual or digital.
For professionals, there is
no "magic button".  It's a matter of choice.  Do it, or not do it?
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< 3rd Set: Free-Hand-Mouse-Drawn Photo
2nd Set:  Beyond Composite Layering.

This is 388th Squadron for the P47D fighter plane from World War 2.  
4 out of these 5 pilots are real pilots.  The one mechanic doesn't belong.

This
2nd guy will be erased.  The 1st guy will be redrawn  - no copying.
Erasing and redrawing the 2nd guy will erase parts. (still with us so far?)
It takes talent and a real professional with
Free-Hand-Mouse + patience.
Professionals may use
long compositing methods but we use a brush.
These guys were not moved.  They need to look like it never happened.
This takes artistry.  No copying if you want it to look natural.  It's not easy.

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