Although most people feel that photos without color create the memory (and we agree), there are times that adding or enhancing color is desireable. Colorization is not an automated process. It takes time to choose the right colors and apply them with care. In this case, size does NOT matter. A digital photograph sized at 11x14 is no harder to colorize than one sized at 2x3...so don't be afraid that costs go up proportionaly. What DOES matter is the complexity of the original. A portrait of grandma is much easier to colorize than a family group shot.
Also remember that restoration of the original prior to colorization is an extra charge and can be estimated from the PRICING page or by calling us.
Prices for colorization start at $15 per photo for simple subjects and scale to $65 for complex subjects.
The information below the before and after pictures below will give you an indication of what that particular adjustment package cost.
Click on each example below to see an enlarged view. Please remember that some of these photos may appear grainy since they have been saved to a small file size to allow for faster upload.
A 1957 shot of a baby and an old TV. Scanned in so the TV edge was vertical (photo was mailed to Photocadabra and returned with finished project). The background was removed and replaced with a blank wall so as not to distract from the main subject and some minor blemish removal was done (basic repair). The client asked for two 4x6 prints.
Cost of above process:
Original scan, $4, Basic repair, $10; Colorization (minor), $15; Four 4x6 prints, $8; FedEx, $15 = $52
For this photo, scanning was done by Photocadabra. There were a few scratches to remove which was considered a minor repair. Colorization for this 4 subject photo was Moderate. The client requested two 8X10 prints.
Cost of above process:
Scanning, $4; Minor restoration, $10; Moderate colorization, $25; Two 8x10 prints, $10; FedEx, $15 = $64
The above photo needed it's background changed. This is a mid-level repair since the baby had to be isolated from the background first. The colorization is considered "simple". Since this photo was submitted through email, there was no scan charge ($4). The client asked for five 4x6 prints which were sent FedEx.
Total cost: $20 for restoration, $15 for colorization, 5 x $2 for prints ($10), $15 FedEx = $60
This client was local to southwestern Connecticut. Scanning occured at the home of the client. Although the picture on the left above does not show it, there was another soldier to the right of the subject which had to be removed making this a mid-level repair as well. Colorization was considered "simple". Three 5x7 and two 4x6 prints were requested. Since this was local, the delivery was made at no charge.
The above photo was also sent via email...however, it was in bad shape. It may have been a scan of a photocopy or a scan with incorrect setting. The wavy lines you see made this this a "detail restoration". If those were not present, this would have been considered "extensive" in order to reconstruct the gentleman's head and extend the buildings in the background. Colorization was considered "moderate" on this one. The client requested 10 4x6 reprints after viewing the results.