• WELCOME Grumblers
    Backup is now done at 3PM EDT. You may find the server down for up to two minutes at that time.

YouTube & Photo Restoration


CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
We're in the process of editing several videos that will be posted to YouTube and embedded in our new website. These videos will showcase different products and services that we offer. Thought I'd share a link to a video on photo restoration that we just posted ...


I'm hoping these videos will give customers a better appreciation for what we do. If you don't offer restoration / retouching services, you should put some serious thought into it. Photo restoration has landed us hundreds of frame jobs that we otherwise wouldn't have gotten. I realize that most frameshops don't have the capabilities of doing this in-house, so consider outsourcing it. There are several reputable restoration companies out there.

Food for thought ...
Sponsor Wanted

Home Based Framer

True Grumbler
HI Matt,

You did a great job on your video. Although I do some things in photoshop, it's obvious you are very advanced.. both technical and artistic .. good use of both sides of your brain.

I might suggest slowing the video down a bit.. I think a novice may miss the many steps you are taking to transform the pic.



SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
To see all the steps, the video would have to be 3 hours long (which is what this was compressed down from.) I'm thinking it is not meant as a teaching video but as a promotion video for his work.

Nice work by the way. I've been doing copy and restoration work since the days of negative retouching, so I can appreciate how much goes into this. It is so much nicer to be able to use a computer to do it!

My future son-in-law does videos like this of some of the projects he is doing for his master's in conceptual art for gaming. I find them fascinating.


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
As always, Matt, very nice promotion.

David N Waldmann

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
I think it's great as a promo. Good balance of showing how much work there is to do without making it boring. The only thing I thought that could be improved was the panning speed/size (both at the beginning, and then the end before/afters). That seemed to take far too long; I would say either speed it up, or do it at a lower zoom factor so it doesn't take as long. One last thing you might consider is a side by side before and after.

Great work, both on the restoration and the video!


CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
Thanks for the feedback everyone.

Bonnie — The video is meant more as a promotional tool as opposed to a how-to video.

David — I think you have a good point about the before/after panning. I'll take your advice into consideration as we work on our next video.

Paul Cascio

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Nice job Matt. Here's a couple of things you might want to try:

I'd start with an establishing shot that shows the entire photo. Then, do the tight pan. Same thing to show the finished photo.

Also, at the end, maybe re-show the "before and after" again, either by disolving/morphing to the after, or using a split screen.

Finally, you might want to try 1-minute and 2-minute versions. I would also add a lower third with your contact info.

Did you use Camtasia to capture the screen?

Baer Charlton

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
3 hours! Ha..... that three very long sessions with me..... I loved seeing that you could group certain things such as the hair and skin for tonal work.

always great to watch a master at work, and to have 3 hours condensed to 3 minutes is even better. I'm looking for ward to seeing the others.

I, like Paul, think a morph from original to finished is far superior to a panning. You can also do the morph from original-finished-original-finished to give that time for the "let me see that again".

really well done.


CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
Nice video. We have been getting videos lined up for our company too. Out of curiosity, how much did you get paid on the restoration for 3 hours of work?


CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
Just uploaded another YouTube video created specifically for picture framers. Teaches you some basic Adobe Photoshop tricks for improving your frame photos before posting to the web. Also started another thread in the Computer Techie section. Enjoy!

Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TF9b5IG14I

Stevens — PM me if your interested in discussing restoration pricing.


CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
Great Job!!! I do photo restoration, That was fantastic !!!I think It will grab the customers attention!!!! The music was a perfect choice!!!
Sponsor Wanted