Heidi November 18th, 2008
Last night, I decided to try my hand at restoring a few old pictures from my Father’s childhood and family.
I started with this picture of my Father:
I love this picture and how much it reminds me of some of my brothers.
So I did a few edits and ended up with this:
I was happy with it and went on to edit another one.
But then I realized something.
I realized this picture is no longer black and white, but has yellowed with age.
And while I kind of liked the “glow” it gave the picture, I wondered if I could get a more faithful restoration of its original colors by doing something different….
So I racked my brain…
And suddenly it came to me!
I could use the “black & white” editing command!
I wasn’t sure how it would turn out on a picture that was already black and white, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try.
So I did:
And I couldn’t believe the difference!
Though I missed the “glow”, I felt like this was a more accurate restoration.
And then I remembered something!
This is the wedding picture of my Father’s parents.
A picture that was accidentally stained by a piece of tape on the back of the picture that bled through after being in the sun for years.
And a few years ago, my Mother asked if it was possible to fix it.
At that time, I didn’t have a son.
Or a blog.
And I wasn’t taking 250,000 pictures a month.
And editing 30,000 pictures a month.
So I had no idea how to fix it.
And I asked Charming and he didn’t think it was possible.
So I told my Mother, “Sorry, we can’t fix it.”
And she said, “That’s okay, I just thought I’d ask.”
But last night I thought, “Hmm… Maybe it can be fixed…”
So I opened the picture in Fireworks.
Clicked the “black & white” command.
Fiddled around with some other edits.
I couldn’t believe my eyes!
The stain completely disappeared!
I was so happy, I promptly emailed the picture to my Mother and wrote about it in my journal.
Because you can never be too grateful for an inspiring idea from above.