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Photo restoring a face

posted by nezbitten, May 3, 2010 3:41 PM — 6 comments

The face has to be visualized complete and then a bit a time, restored using tiny bit of tone and texture from the original photograph.

In this close up crop of a photo, a grade 3 restoration, the nose and eyes are almost completely gone. There is no reference photo for the missing eyes and nose. This restoration was performed by taking what little information there was and teasing it out to complete the picture. A patch of skin tone was first applied to the nose area and then shaded in to match. The tiny piece of eye was cut and enlarged and flipped and then using the eye lines and pupil the missing eye was slowly rebuilt. The nose was built from the existing nose texture and then shaded and blended the texture.

These is no magic wand for a Photo restoration like this, it is time and care that makes a face with a missing piece become whole again. It can sometimes seem that the final outlay for such a small amount of damage does not equate and that the effort that is put into restoring old photos is harder to appreciate.

"I was truly delighted with the Photo restoration achieved by Image Restore. The 90 year old photo was badly damaged, particularly round the facial area. By the time Neil had worked his magic you wouldn't have known it wasn't in original condition. The work was turned round very quickly and communications were excellent throughout. Highly recommended." L Davis 1st May 2010

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1. posted by SVMelnikof, May 6, 2010 1:06 PM

Good work!

2. posted by s4tch, May 12, 2010 3:03 AM

That is very impressive considering there was no reference pic!

3. posted by nezbitten, May 12, 2010 8:48 AM

thanks, I just think of reconstruction as if it is a life drawing class, shape, form and texture!

4. posted by horsefan, May 17, 2010 1:20 AM

very good work.

5. posted by nezbitten, Aug 23, 2010 4:08 AM

Thanks, you can see more examples of my photo retouching and restoration work over at

6. posted by baduss, Sep 19, 2010 10:01 PM

Great Work

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