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Photo Restoration

Photo Restoration

Restoring very old pictures, using Open Source Tools like gimp, Darktable and ImageMagic

How to get started. I have found that some old pictures from around the 20th century are printed on cardboard. These pictures are most likely pretty old to begin with and you should only handle them with gloves, to avoid damaging them even more. Your skin has oils that will destroy your old pictures in the long run. Get a special Photo Album for old pictures and keep them away from any sunlight. My first example is a picture from one of my relatives. The picture dates back to the year 1913 and shows "Oma Weber" on it.  

 

 

Picture 1.

 

Original  (ca. 1913)

 

Picture 2,3   picture has been scanned;  

  touch-up all the damaged area's using gimp 

       

Picture 4.

 

 

  using gimp again two restore the

       true black and white color balance.  

Next (this is optional), I added a simple frame around the restored picture. 

 

This looks like the way as I can remember

seeing it many years ago at my Grandmothers place.

 Final Step.  

I help people for quite some time to digitize their old primal images and then to restore again. Here is again a great example .. image is of about 1889, East Prussia, Danzig. The uniform is from the 1st Hussars Regiment. 1; was a cavalry unit in the Prussian army.

Ich helfe Leuten schon seit einiger Zeit deren Ur-alt Bilder zu digitalisieren und diese dann wieder zu restaurieren. Hier ist mal ein super Beispiel.. Bild ist von ca. 1889, Ost Preußen, Danzig. Die Uniform ist vom 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr. 1; war ein Kavallerieverband in der Preußischen Armee.

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The restoration was difficult due to the really bad condition of the picture. Somebody taped the already yellow picture with tape, distorting it even more.

Die Restaurierung gestaltete sich schwierig wegen dem sehr schlechten Zustand des Bildes.  Da das Bild in der Mitte wohl auseinander gebrochen war, hatte der Besitzer das ganze mit Klebeband zusammen geklebt und machte das bereits gelbe Bild  noch verzerrter.

 

 

Here is a second example,  from original photograph to restore digital picture. The time inorder to restore this picture comes close to 5 hours.  Just a lot of detail you don't see in the online image.

Here you can see another example on how you can restore your old pictures.  After I had started, I found a lot more details in the picture, like the book under the little table.  Using ImageMagick I added an animation effect, to show the difference in before and after.

Example One: My Uncle Martin Heilmann - 1943 before Deploying to the Pacific Theater

Example Two: My Fathers-Father (2nd L.) 1914 - At the Western Front France

 

 
 

Example Three: My Fathers-Father 1918 - At the Western Front France

First here is the original picture,

Next  after it has been scanned in. 

Final step, using gimp to remove all the damage and restore the picture to its original color.

 

   

  Using ImageMagic we added the before & after effect. 
  Example with a picture that had a red blur 
Picture with red blur- ca. 1966
 
 

Using morphing to show an original picture being restored.

The picture we are restoring today is an picture from around 1926.  It shows a "Die Schwaelmer Hochzeit"  a wedding picture.  Find the only child in this picture, she is around 6 years old and is my grandmother.  The original picture was in a bad condition...  I only had a smaller part of the original picture and was lucky to find a second verson with a greater view.  After the restoration was completed I used a morphing effect to blend before and after.

Mit hilfe von Morphing zeigen wir heute wie das original Bild und die restaurierte Fassung verschmelzen.

Das Bild das wir heute Wiederherstellen, ist ein Bild von ca. 1926. Es zeigt eine "Schwaelmer Hochzeit". Finden Sie das einzige Kind in diesem Bild, sie ist etwa 6 Jahre alt und ist mein Oma. Das Originalbild war in einem schlechten Zustand ... ich hatte nur ein kleiner Teil des ursprünglichen Bildes und hatte das Glück eine zweite Kopie mit einer größeren Ansicht zu finden. Nachdem die Wiederherstellung abgeschlossen wurde, verwendete ich einen Morphing-Effekt um das vor und nach besser zu zeigen.

To show how much it is still hidden in an old picture.  Here is the "before" and "after" pictures....

 

Wedding - "Schwaelmer Hochzeit" ca. 1926

Carl Bantzer - Schwaelmer Tanz - Man kann nur erahnen wie toll diese Trachen in Farbe ausgesehen haben muessen.

 

Are you always wondered how a picture from 1941 (black & white) must have looked when taken in color. 

Here is an example.

original  

 

Date

31 May 2016

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