Photo Restorations


Welcome to the “Photo restorations” page of the DigiResLab project. Here you can see the before-and-after transformations of selected images, witnessing the remarkable process of bringing damaged photographs back to life with digital methods for restoration explored in the free Training Modules and the other educational materials provided by the project. The following showcase offers glimpse into the practical applications and capabilities of digital restoration, serving as a valuable resource for organizations and individuals interested in preserving visual history. Explore the tangible results of the project research and expertise as well as the potential for revitalizing your own archival treasures.

The following showcases have been provided by the partners of the project.

FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF THE “GEORGE BARIȚIU” BRAȘOV COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Photographs received as a donation from Mrs. Mălina Dumitrescu, descendant of Braniște Family

PHOTO 1: Valeriu Braniște and his family having lunch; period: 1910-1912

1: Broken glass plate negative (before scanning)

1a: Broken glass plate negative with pieces put together (before scanning)

1b: Photograph after scanning – Scanner used: EPSON Perfection V850 Pro Colour Image Scanner

1c: Digitally restored photograph (after scanning)

– software: Adobe Photoshop

– applied: Spot Healing Tool – to correct the cracking marks, Burn Tool – to darken the overexposed areas (windows and table)


PHOTO 2: Man on a chair watching a dog; period: before 1918

2: Broken glass plate negative (before scanning)

2a: Photograph after scanning – Scanner used: EPSON Perfection V850 Pro Colour Image Scanner

2b: Digitally restored photograph (after scanning)

– software: Adobe Photoshop

– applied: Clone Stamp Tool and Spot Healing Tool – to correct the cracking marks and the spots, Unsharp Mask – for clarity


PHOTO 3: Young ladies from Missici Family from Lugoj watching a photo album; period: before 1918

3: Glass plate negative (before scanning)

3a: Photograph after scanning – Scanner used: EPSON Perfection V850 Pro Colour Image Scanner

3b: Digitally restored photograph (after scanning)

– software: Adobe Photoshop

– applied: Brightness, desaturation to remove the colour cast and get a B&W appearance, Clone Stamp Tool and Healing Tool to remove spots and scratches, curves, lens correction to straighten the image, unsharp mask for final clarity