Potential restorations is a centralized location for images that are suitable for restoration projects at novice to intermediate skill level. All images have been reviewed and screened for appropriate size and difficulty. See also Category:Files needing restoration.
Each gallery display is a lower resolution JPEG, with a link to the TIFF.
The following galleries are images available for restoration. Arranged mostly by medium. To select a project, move an image down to the Restorations underway section.
Early color photography
Welder making boilers for a ship, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1942. Full sized uncompressed file at File:Welder making boilers.tif.
Railroad yardmaster, Amarillo, Texas, 1943. Full sized uncompressed file at File:Yardmaster.tif.
Switchman demonstrating signal, Calumet City, Illinois, 1943. Full sized uncompressed file at File:Switchman.tif.
Brighton, England, c. 1890-1900. Full size uncompressed file at File:Brighton aquarium photochrom.tif.
Great sluice, Amsterdam, c. 1890-1900. Full sized uncompressed file at File:Amsterdam great sluice photochrom.tif.
Head of the harbor at Sevatopol, with mouth of Tchernaya River. Full sized uncompressed file at File:Sebastopol head of harbour.tif.
British headquarters of Lord Raglan, Crimean War, 1855. Full sized uncompressed file at File:Lord Raglan's Headquarters.tif.
Jerusalem, 1841. Full sized uncompressed file at File:Jerusalem 1841.tif.
"The Chap Book--Thanksgiving no." Art nouveau poster, 1895. Full sized uncompressed file at File:The chap book.tif.
The constellations Canis Major and several others. Full sized uncompressed file available at File:Canis Major etc..tif.
The constellations Camelopardalis and several others. Full sized uncompressed file available at File:Camelopardalis, Tarandus and Custos Messium.tif.
The constellation Gemini. Full sized uncompressed file at File:Gemini etching.tif.
Samurai. Full sized uncompressed file available at File:Samurai with bow.tif.
Woman spinning silk. Full sized uncompressed file available at File:Woman spinning silk.tif.
High wire artists, 1890s. Full sized uncompressed file at File:High wire artists.tif.
Period caricatures and political cartoons
The following images have been selected by project participants. To join, move an image from the galleries above and add your signature. To request advice or assistance, follow up with questions and comments. An experienced restorationist will assist you.
Each restoration remains the 'pet project' of a specific person for two months. First come, first served. If the restoration isn't done by that time it returns to the general pool, although it's possible to ask for extra time.
- File:Example filename.tif (sign with four tildes)
- File:Copenhagen, 1890-1900.tif — Jake Wartenberg 04:31, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
- File:Apache mother and child.tif Xavexgoem (talk) 04:34, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
- File:Bertha Boynton Lum.tif ←Spidern→ 05:21, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
- File:Pie Town rodeo.jpg PeterSymonds (talk) 19:48, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
- File:Black Panther convention.tif – Juliancolton (Talk) 03:54, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
- File:Blankenberghe, Belgium photochrom.jpg — Bellhalla (talk) 15:59, 26 March 2009 (UTC)
- File:Quo Vadis poster.jpg - Steve Crossin Talk/24 03:25, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
- File:Scorpio etching.jpg -- Michel Vuijlsteke (talk) 11:34, 8 April 2009 (UTC)
- File:Samuel Adams.jpg -- NuclearWarfare (talk) 00:35, 15 May 2009 (UTC)
- File:Nehru, Gandhi and Patel AICC 1946.jpg -JasonAQuest (talk) 12:29, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
- File:Nehru, Gandhi and Patel 1946.jpg -JasonAQuest (talk) 12:29, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
- File:Donsu damask.tif(jpg) ···日本穣Talk to Nihonjoe 08:33, 22 July 2009 (UTC)
- File:Great presidential puzzle.jpg -- Jujutacular (talk) 23:13, 18 April 2010 (UTC)
For feedback and second opinions, post to this section. Before finalizing a project, please save an interim version where dust, dirt, scratches, and fibers are corrected but without histogram adjustments or filters. To achieve the best final result, return to that version and make additional changes there.
- Upload and post your work in progress or preliminary restoration, along with notes about any questions or concerns you have. To illustrate particulars you may wish to upload a small detail of the image with specific areas circled.
I've cleaned dirt and fingerprints from the image, and cropped and rotated it. I've adjusted the histogram but I'd like feedback on the color after the adjustments. Also, other than cropping it off, what is the best way to handle the gradients on the right (most prominent) and left (less prominent) sides? - User:Belhalla
- That image has irregularities in the sky. Suggest you go back to the pre-histogram version and adjust for that uneven fade manually. Basically there's one region of sky that's more or less believable--toward the left in a vertical band. Note how it changes slightly in color and is darker toward the upper edge of the image than at the tops of the buildings; that's normal for this type of print. Use the clone stamp to distribute 'healthy' color across the faded areas, then the healing brush to blend the result for a natural appearance. If working around the buildings is difficult you can select the sky and create a layer copy to isolate the sky as you work. Good effort so far! :) Durova (talk) 04:28, 27 March 2009 (UTC)
The original painting here was severely damaged from sitting folded up in an attic for 40 years. I took some liberties in recreating features located underneath the damage. I'm pretty excited about this restoration because it's the "only surviving group portrait" of these three famous sisters. I left some dust/dirt in the background in the corners to indicate age. What do you think? Dcoetzee (talk) 06:26, 17 April 2009 (UTC)
I've removed all of the spots and dirt that I could, and restored what I assume is the natural colour - this is slightly less yellow than the 'featured' image on the Sidney Hall wikipedia page... Any comments? --Tom dl (talk) 01:51, 15 May 2009 (UTC)
I've also done this one. I'm not sure about the colour - photoshop wants to make the photo very white, but I've kept some of the yellow tint, to stop the image looking too cool. Any comments? --Tom dl (talk) 16:54, 15 May 2009 (UTC)
This image is my third restoration, but there are multiple problems with it. Appart from colour doubts, the right hand side of the image seems to be 'incorrect' - I'm not sure what the problem is exactly, so would appreciate any suggestions of what needs doing. --Tom dl (talk) 22:09, 16 May 2009 (UTC)
I'm not sure if this is any good, really - the blank edging has been taken off, blemishes or spots have been removed, the black has been slightly enhanced, although I didn't want to make the colour too gaudy, and have not changed the tone particularly. I wasn't sure whether to tidy up the actual painting (which goes over a few edges). I guess that technically wouldn't be a "restoration", though. Bob Castle (talk) 22:18, 7 November 2010 (UTC)