Commons:Potential restorations

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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.

Available images[edit]

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[edit]

Photochrom prints[edit]

Tinted lithographs[edit]




Ink drawings[edit]


Period caricatures and political cartoons[edit]


Restorations underway[edit]

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.


Restoration review[edit]

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.

Restoration reviews

  • 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.

Blankenberghe, Belgium photochrom2.jpg

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 Brontë Sisters by Patrick Branwell Brontë restored.jpg

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)

Lacerta, Cygnus, Lyra, Vulpecula and Anser retouched.jpg

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)

Temple Square, Salt Lake City, 1899 retouched.jpg

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)

Chess in Algeria.jpg

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)

Monstrosities of 1818 restored.jpg

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)