Vintage Portrait Restoration

Vintage Portrait Restoration

I can never turn away a good photo restoration project. They are just too much fun. I love taking on these projects because it makes me feel like I can bring a little piece of history back. When these portraits from c.1915 came my way, I jumped at the change to restore them. These two had seen better days and it was time to get them back to their original state, digitally that is.

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Digital Restoration Process

These delicate portraits require a lot of TLC. A 100 year old painting definitely presents some challenges. The thick boards these were made on had warped and didn’t lay flat on the scanner bed so I had to carefully flatten them out as much as possible without causing any damage.

The portraits measure 14″ x 19″ so I scanned them in sections. Once the sections were put together I started working on the damage, or as I like to see it, the fun part!

Vintage portraits in sections
Portraits scanned in sections

The woman’s portrait had more moisture damage than anything so most of the attention went into blending all of those stains out.

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Close up of water damage.

The man’s portrait was heavily damaged and required some facial reconstruction on one quarter of his face.

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Close up of smeared ink.

The poor guy was missing his eye and eyebrow, half of his nose, some of his ear and his hairline had to be drawn back in. Luckily with today’s technological advancements, he was put back together in no time!

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After Restoration

The End Results

After a lot of cleaning up and blending textures and colors together, they were finished. Here are the before and after.

Before and After
Before and After
Before and After
Before and After (click on the image to view larger)

Now they are as beautiful and romantic as they were 100 years ago.

Digitally Restored Image
Digitally Restored Image
Digitally Restored Image
Digitally Restored Image

 

The Frank Estate in Autumn

The Frank Estate, Portland Oregon

Here are a few photos of The Frank Estate grounds in Portland, Oregon.

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Printed Throw Pillow featuring my art and photography

There’s no more need to worry about a lack of wall space! Display unique works of art by artist Janet Antepara in your home with these unique modern art throw pillow covers. These pillow covers add an artistic touch to your living room or bedroom decor.

Choose your favorite artwork or photo from my collection and enjoy it on these stylish throw pillows. You may contact me if you have any custom requests.

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Flores Throw Pillow by Janet Antepara

Flores Throw Pillow by Janet Antepara

Flores Throw Pillow by Janet Antepara

Flores Throw Pillow Insert by Janet Antepara