Web Transformations LLC

Photos

We can scan your heirloom photos, improve the quality of the images, correct problems, and create artistic effects. Hard copies of photos can be scanned and saved in a high quality digital format that is suitable for printing or for use in a high quality brochure, video, or slide show. We can preserve your favorite photos or graphic art and fix problems that mar the integrity of your images. If the photos are already in digital format—we can crop, resize, and otherwise improve the quality of those images, and we can help you organize the photos and transfer them to a back-up unit or copy them to CDs and DVDs.

Some common problems that we can resolve are shown below, in addition to artistic treatments that we can create for special photo effects:

Blemishes

Unsightly blemishes are often visible on photos because it is easy for them to accumulate dust specks or other foreign matter. Your favorite photos may have endured scrapes and tears, or become discolored from exposure to sunlight or the ravages of time. Such flaws are much more noticeable after the copies are digitized for viewing on a computer or TV screen. We can often repair or make significant improvements to such photos.

Photo of a young girl lying on her hands on the ground.
Photo of a young girl with white spots
marring areas of her face and hair.

Photo of a young girl lying on her hands on the ground.
Photo retouched to remove blemishes in her
face and hair to produce a beautiful close-up portrait.

In the photo on the left below, the school photographer did not notice the fact that a piece of this girl's hair was sticking up in an unsightly manner. The offending hair sprig was cloned out of this image, and we feathered the edges into a darker blue background color (on the right), creating the illusion of a framed photograph. Since the crossed arm pose called attention to her fingernails where the polish had begun flaking off, we cloned that area to remove the nail polish completely. We could have gone the other direction and cloned the fingernail polish to cover the full nail area.

Photo of a young girl with her arms crossed.
School photo of a young girl with a sprig of
hair awry and fingernail polish flaking off her nails.

Photo of a young girl with her arms crossed.
Photos can be feathered at the edges so the
image appears to blend into an outer frame.

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Red-Eye Corrections

Simple red-eye corrections can make a big difference. An otherwise beautiful photo can be significantly flawed by a common red-eye effect (photo on left below). The photo on the right has been retouched to remove this red-eye effect. Detail has also been added to the girl's dress and leotards by "burning-in" the white areas, which tend to be over-exposed in relation to other areas of any photograph.

Photo of a young flower girl held by her mother.
Photo of a young flower girl and her mother,
marred by a significant red-eye effect.

Photo of a young flower girl held by her mother.
Gorgeous photo retouched to remove red-eye
and improve detail in the girl's dress & tights.

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Distracting Backgrounds

Often a photo may contain background images that detract appreciably from the focal point of interest. Such problems can be corrected efficiently using a variety of techniques such as cropping, resizing, or burning out areas of the photo. Another technique used by photographers is to blur the background in order to create an out-of-focus effect. This allows the viewer's eye to remain on the center of interest because it is more sharply focused in contrast with the background. An example of the latter effect can be seen in the first photo above.

Sometimes all that is necessary is to crop out a large portion of the distracting background in order to focus more tightly on the center of interest:

Photo of a toddler in diapers sitting on the carpet holding a box of matches he has spilled on the floor.
In this photo multiple brightly colored images
distract our eyes from the focal point of interest.

Photo of a toddler in diapers sitting on the carpet holding a box of matches he has spilled on the floor.
Photo tightly cropped to
focus on center of interest.

The example below shows a different method of removing distraction from the background. Here the images are "burned in" to the point where the background virtually disappears, generating the impression that this toddler is performing "live on stage."

Photo of a toddler wearing a black hat in what appears to be a dance pose.
This toddler has been captured in an
entertaining dance pose, but the background
distracts from the overall effect.

Photo of a toddler wearing a black hat in what appears to be a dance pose.
In this photo the background has been
"burned in" to create an illusion
that this is a live stage performance.

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Color Corrections

The colors in photos may become distorted due to under-exposure, over-exposure, or exposure to environmental elements such as heat and light. An example is the pink-tinted photo shown below on the left. We can make some very dramatic improvements in photographs that appear to be hopelessly compromised in this fashion, and we can bring your old black-and-white photos vividly back to life.

Photo of a young girl sitting on a fallen tree making a peace sign with her fingers.
This is the original scanned photo.

Photo of a young girl sitting on a fallen tree making a peace sign with her fingers.
This is the same photo with colors naturalized.

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Artistic Effects

There is almost no limit to the types of artistic effects and "fixes" that can be achieved with your photos. If you can imagine it, we can probaly create it. Here are some compelling examples. In the image shown below on the left, the natural colors of the photograph have been maintained for the young girl who is the center of interest in this image, while the background has been converted into a sepia color that mimics the effect of an old black-and white photo.

Photo of a young girl sitting on a fallen tree making a peace sign with her fingers.
Colored photo of a girl on a
sepia-toned background.

Photo of a young girl with her arms crossed.
Photos can be converted to two-tone
color and posterized
for a unique effect.

We can also apply numerous artistic effects to a photo. In the examples below, a normal photograph of a puppy has been modified to look like an artistic charcoal rendering.

Photo of a puppy in a red sweater on a blue blanket.
Photo of a puppy converted to look like an
artistic charcoal rendering.

Photo of a puppy in a red sweater on a blue blanket.
Photo of a puppy converted to look
like an artistic charcoal rendering.

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