Restoration Category Overview
|Precious Photos, Inc. services are priced based on the average amount of
time needed to complete typical restorations or enhancements. Through the use of the
latest digital technology, combined with the ability to process high volumes of electronic
images, Precious Photos, Inc. is able to minimize cost wherever possible. The majority of
restoration services are divided into three categories, Basic, Moderate and Custom. Custom
restoration is divided further into 4 primary categories: C1, C2, C3, C4. A Custom Plus
class is used for badly damaged photos requiring the high level skills of both a retouched
and an artist.
The first step in determining what category a picture belongs in is to take the time to carefully examine the original. If it is a negative, provide a proof print on glossy paper (if possible) to send along so that we may have a guide for color and contrast. If it is a photographic print, determine if it is larger than 8x10 inches. Originals larger than 8x10 will require special service. Examine the overall image quality. If the image is sharp, in focus, and not too grainy, showing good exposure and, in the case of prints, printed on glossy, semi-gloss, mat, or semi-mat paper, the resulting image will be of equal or better quality. We can also make minor improvements to images that are slightly out of focus or not perfectly exposed. Images which are completely blurred or lack any detail in the highlights or shadow areas due to incorrect exposure usually cannot be enhanced.
Determine the type of texture or finish of the paper on which the image is printed. Years ago, Photographers used unconventional media to print on, such as post card stock, pearl and honeycomb textured paper stock. Images printed on any paper type other than glossy, semi-gloss, mat, or semi-mat, will be considered in the next highest price level. It is very important to understand that high resolution electronic scanners pick up every minute detail in an image: including paper textures which are interpreted the same way cracks and dust spots are. This means that our restoration specialists would have to digitally eliminate the paper texture before beginning on restoration or enhancement. In most cases this may soften the final image output.
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