We’ve been doing quite a lot of photo and document restoration over the past several weeks and thought that a post about restoration might be interesting.
When it comes to framing old objects, documents and photo, a good framer will envelope the item in acid-free mats and backing and chose a conservation grade UV coated glass and a period frame to help preserve the item for future generations. But these techniques are relatively new, available for about 40 years but only commonly in use for the past 20 years or so.
So our clients come in with older family pieces in various stages of disrepair. Some are faded to a point where the handwriting is nearly unreadable. Others are crumbling, missing pieces or stained with mold or waterstains. And once in awhile, they are in remarkably good shape considering the age.
Today we can provide an excellent digital restoration of these damaged photos and documents. We have a secret weapon in our local restoration guy. He is simply the best in the business, in our humble opinion. And his services are very reasonably priced, often the same or less than you’d pay taking them to a big chain where the item is simply scanned and often sent to China or Thailand for editing….which can get kind of tricky if something isn’t quite right! Our secret restorer is more than just a decent photoshop guy. He is a restoration expert who has studied photographic history extensively and even chosen his printing inks and papers to reflect history.
It works like this: you stop in with your damaged photo or document. We chat a bit about expectations, you leave it and we get a quote. The quote will include restoration work and one printed copy, typically in the size of the original. Extra copies and different sizes are available. We will get your verbal permission to proceed with the work and you will receive an email proof prior to printing. And when everything is completed, you will get your original print returned, the restored document as well as a CD with your image on it to use however you want. We’ve done very simple jobs from $25 and very complicated for $175. And because our restoration guy lives in the area, your originals are hand-carried in protective sleeves at no extra charge, which also eliminates potential for damaging your heirloom.