Thursday, July 28, 2016

Eyes Closed? Take a Look at How I Can Correct This Problem

How many times has this happened to you? Sometimes the flash is to blame and sometimes it just the result you don't want to see. Yes, this also can happen with an animal!

The correction procedure is exactly the same. Take a look below at the fixed images:


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Colorizing a Black and White Photo

I'm sure you've seen movies and tv shows (I Love Lucy) which have been digitally colorized. Photographs can also be treated to the same magic.

Depending on the complexity of the original, pricing can vary. The photo at the left did not require that many colors, so the price was at the bottom of the scale. (See the pricing tab at the top of the page)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Scan it, Restore it!

The drawing at the left was done on construction paper in 1962. Years in storage and the paper began to easily break off along the edges.

The drawing now looks brand new. This is considered a minor job because of limited damage to the drawing. Scan anything on paper and you will receive a price quote. Easy turn-around time on this one!

Red Eye Removal is FREE with Any Job!

I'm sure you've had this happen to you. You take a photo and one or more of the people's eyes are red. This occurs when the flash is too close to the camera lens.

Any photo job which is submitted (needing more than red eye removal) will have the red eye removed for FREE. No coupon or code is necessary.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Eyeglasses and Reflections: Easy or Hard Fix?

How many of you have taken a photo of someone with glasses and gotten a reflection? The time involved (and cost) depends on how much needs to be done to correct the problem.

This took a fair amount of time to correct. If someone's eyes are completely blown out by the flash, simply supplying a few other photos of the person would allow the eyes to be "placed" in the photo to be corrected. Digital magic!

Do you have an old photo you wish to be restored? Simply email a scanned copy to . We will let you know about how much it will cost to correct it. Please read the FAQs page for instructions.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

When Major Photo Restoration is Necessary

Until digital photography and Photoshop® came along, it was much more difficult to repair seriously damaged photos. The time that was necessary to fix the photo on the left digitally was extensive, involving the reconstruction of the boy's face, the ripped corners, folds and contrast/brightness. But when you look at the finished product, there is a photo which is ready to be framed. Memories like this should be preserved.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Taking Someone Out of the Background

Ever take the perfect picture and there is something or someone in the background you don't want to see? That's what happened here. The cost of a job like this depends on how difficult the removal or that person or thing is. This job was considered minor.

Amazing, right?

Moderate Restoration: Replacing a Missing Background

Sometimes you will find a photo which is ripped and/or missing part of the background. The photo at the left is also has a line going right through the subject on the right. This is considered a moderate job because of the time that it took to fix it. (The line crossed the facial features)

Contrast was added, rips fixed, background added and the line through the subject on the right was corrected. By the way, this photo was taken in 1953!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

It's Those Minor Touches That Count...

Imagine that you dug up an old photo of your parents but it was showing its age. The photo to the left is what I considered to be a minor restoration job. With spots on the photo and across the man's hair, face and jacket, the photo needed to be brightened and cropped.

The finished product as requested by the client: tighter shot of the parents, spots gone and a brighter photo. By the way, that IS NOT Tom Cruise, though he does look like him.

TOMORROW: Moderate Restoration

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Subtle Retouching Done Digtally

There are many examples on the web of bad Photoshop®. People who look too good to be true; people who don't have a wrinkle on their face. We all know that everyone has some wrinkles or imperfections, so my posts for the next few days will show how very subtle retouching (I call it digital plastic surgery) can make a photo look much better. To the left is an example of too much airbrushing.

No wrinkles at ALL??? Overkill.

Take a look at the photo at the left. The lines on this man's cheeks were caused by glasses with a heavy prescription. I did some minor retouching to create the photo below it, which is now minus the lines. My cost to do this? Only $20.00. All the work I do is based on an hourly fee, so your job might not cost $20.00. If you e-mail your scanned photo to jgreller (at) gmail (dot) com, I will give you an idea what the cost would be. Please make sure that your image is scanned at 600 dpi in TIFF format. Tomorrow: correction for large ears.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Welcome to the Second Chapter of My Life!

Hello and welcome to J. Greller. Those of you who have followed my blog, "A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet" know that at the end of June 2016, I retired from teaching. I will still be posting on that blog, but wanted to introduce all of you to J. Greller, where I will be retouching and restoring old photos, as well as designing newsletters, business cards and websites. The photo to the left is from 1924 and was restored with a sepia tone. The ripped edges were digitally corrected as well as the brightness.

I will be posting samples of my work and hope that if you are in need of my services you will drop me an email.