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PRICE OF REPAIR WORK

The cost of the actual work of restoring and retouching an image varies depending on the difficulty, amount of work performed, and, the urgency of the project. Since this involves many variables, it is impractical to make a price list for such work. The best approach is for us to provide you with a firm cost estimate that includes all elements of the cost: scanning, repair work, product, shipping, and, sales tax if applicable.
Generally, we divide our repair work into:
       A.  Simple Repair, and,
       B.  Complex Repair.

A. The price of Simple Repair is $45.00 and includes:

       •  Scanning of prints up to 8 x 10 inches,
       •  Removing “red eyes,”
       •  Overall correction and enhancement of color and contrast of the image, without balancing parts of the image against each other,
       •  Producing a black-and-white image from a sepia or color image,
       •  Producing a sepia image from a black-and-white or color image.

B. The base price of Complex Repair is $90.00. It includes:

       •  Scanning of prints up to 8 x 10 inches,
       •  Repair of a simple damage, such as a torn or scratched background with insignificant details,
       •  Retouching wrinkles, freckles, blemishes,
       •  Whitening teeth, eyes,
       •  Changing hair color from lighter to darker,
       •  Correcting skin tone,
       •  Eliminating color cast (ex. green cast caused by fluorescent lighting),
       •  Removing distracting objects, ex. messy or cluttered background, a tree "growing" out of one’s head,
       •  Removing unwanted persons.

Several factors may affect the cost of the repair work and result in a somewhat higher final price:

       •  Size of the image. A print larger than 8 x 10 inches requires more complex scanning and its surface may have more cracks and tears.
       •  Type of the original image furnished by the customer, whether it is a first generation image (as the original print or negative), or a digital scan of the original. We prefer to scan the image ourselves – it allows us to use our high-end scanners and possibly recover more data from the image.
       •  Quality of the scan when provided by the customer. Our SCANNING GUIDE helps determine the proper scanning resolution and explains its importance. If the customer’s scan file is seriously compressed (jpeg) and low-resolution, we may need to spend more time to enhance it and ensure that the result meets our quality standard.

And, of course, the price will depend on the damage to the image and scope of the work required – for example, whether we need to:
       •  Restore damaged or stained important and detailed areas of a photograph,
       •  Remove objects or persons from one location and place them in another location,
       •  Copy objects or persons from one photograph and place them in another photograph,
       •  Remove reflections in eyeglasses,
       •  Change shape of person’s body,
       •  Restore or repair person’s face,
       •  Eliminate dot (for example, halftone) pattern from a print,
       •  Correct exposure in portions of the image, as, for example, in an image taken against the light – a person with his/hers face in shade, an overexposed background,
       •  Recover colors and/or details from an underexposed or overexposed film negative or slide (there are limits, though, how much can be done).

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