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< 1st Set   1976 Polaroid, 2 year Old

BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS:
Photo Artistry is an unblinking focus.
If there's no watery eyes, its not work.
Everything-art is a layered composite.
Digital art tools are same as manual.
Photo parts break down with spots in
mostly dark areas but corner to corner.
Enlarging photos will enlarge the spots.
There's a faint spot on the tip of the nose.
"Erase that 2nd Guy then Group Them Together"
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< 6th Set:  1883 School Boy Tintype Photo - Restored in 2005
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The #2 guy from left is a mechanic.
Among pilots, he does not belong.
It's a careful 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
Our client named his buddy "cigar man" (for his cigars).
He's the same guy on the far left in the task-photo, above.
Cigar-man would hand-kiss "Betty" every time he flew.
Cigar-man was to be pictured with Betty on his motorcycle.   
Client's request:  "Make sure both are seen just as well."
His motorcycle needed to be proportionate to the plane.

He and his buddies al worked together on a very large farm
in Eastern Washington, where their planes spray the crops.

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 repositioning.
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.  
To finish we roughed in some foreground and background.

The airplane is a 1941 P47d Thunderbolt, WWII Fighter
The motorcycle is a 1947 Norton ES2 "Bull" - rare now.  
The flight jacket is a Government issue fighter flack coat.
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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.  
This photograph is actually 5X7 and brighter. Spots in dark are seen well
Our client requests the wall be "washed", its wall plug deleted, centered.
Digital tools will wipe wall shadows and dark, delete the hanging tassel.
We cropped the top and bottom to a requested square, centered the boy.
Our owner gave this his top quality as team inspection includes his work.
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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.
More Tintypes on Gallery-3.   Tintype Photo History
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The 1st guy and the plane will be a mouse-redraw and #2 guy deletes. But erasing this guy will force a redraw of 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.
Luckily, our expert can draw curves and circles with a mouse.  Another below by the same owner is another mouse-draw, takes practiced talent.  
The set below features a motorcycle along with artistry on an airplane and is a good history lesson. World War Two had lots of hidden attributes.
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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.
More Tintypes on Gallery-3.   Tintype Photo History
#3 Photo Restoration: Cleaned up, Cropped and Centered.
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