There are a number of ways you can incorporate images into a personalised photo gift or Christmas present. As Photoshop becomes more accessible, it’s easier to repair, colourise and frame old photographs for the enjoyment of all. As well as being a creative surprise for the family, it’s also an important step in archiving our family histories and preserving them for future generations.
Unearthing Your Albums
Many households have a dedicated box of old pictures, probably stored in cardboard sleeves from Boots back in the day. If you are able to unearth these, you’re halfway there already. A restored and digitally enhanced picture makes a wonderful surprise or Christmas present. Not only is it unexpected, but the gift would evoke fond memories and surely lead to a story or two.
There are a number of steps to this. First and foremost, you would ask for the scratches, imperfections and water stains to be removed. Then, you would look at the lighting effects on the picture – is it too faded perhaps, or could the shadows do with some lightening? It’s a process of trial and error. Every result is previewed until the final picture looks pristine, as if taken with a modern camera.
Family History Gifts in Colour
Now that you have a restored black and white picture, another idea would be to bring out its colour. This is a delicate process that requires thought as well as Photoshop; what colour dress would the subject be wearing? Does the greenery or skin tone look right? Are the hues on the uniform historically accurate? Step by step, the colour picture begins to take shape and become the creative gift idea you had in mind.
Beyond The Restoration
Events such as weddings, Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries require a creative touch to the occasion. Getting a picture colourised may only be the first step. Beyond the restoration process, consider having the picture gift professionally printed, measured up and framed. Alternatively, it could mark the beginning of a much larger project – the centrepiece to a Jubilee wedding album, or the cover to somebody’s scrapbook, journal or memoirs. On a smaller scale, a simple 6 x 4 print makes for a creative Christmas card.
Personalised Photo Gifts In Norwich
Although I am able to work remotely, Norwich clients are particularly suited to picture restoration. Not only can we arrange a safe handover of your albums in person, but the work is fitting to a city so proud of its history and preservation of heritage.
Make An Enquiry
If you are interested in having a personalised photo gift made for family or friends, get in touch with details of the image size and subject, along with scans of the picture if possible. It’s one of my favourite services, and I’ll be happy to boot up Photoshop and help you towards a creative way of surprising your loved ones.
By Bruce Sigrist in: Discussion