Colour makes a huge difference in how people perceive a landscape or a photo – visually or emotionally. It is not uncommon that we are given the task of dusting off a great grandmother and bringing her back to modern times.
Partly this means restoring the photo in addition to colouring it, but we will present this process in a future blog. Shortly it means repairing damages on the photo, like fading, over exposure, lack of depth, tears in the paper, or annoying details. Then starts the process of isolating each detail in its own layer and colouring it, to be able to adjust each colour separately later
Det common mistake in colouring photos is overuse of colour. It is therefore always a good idea when the process is finished to pull down the colour levels a bit, before the contrast is adjusted, for a more realistic result.
Bait has earlier engaged in restoring old family photos ruined in the tsunami in Japan. Not only did they lose their family members but also the memories of them. Graphic designers from all over the world joined in to do the little we could do to help out.