In this just over seven minute video, we see the complete transformation of an old photo into a colorized and restored image of a person's grandmother, from beginning to end.
Photoshop is a popular software for editing photos, and in this example we can see an old and badly damaged photo completely transformed in the above time lapse video.
The video was produced by a Redditor member, thehatersalad, using CamStudio, a free video streaming software that records screen activity from the Windows desktop into standard AVI movie files.
The photo in question is of another Redditor's grandmother.
The actual transformation process in Photoshop apparently took around two to two-and-a-half hours. However, we see it condensed into an amazing seven minutes, including fixing all the cracks and creases in the photo, right through to what is basically re-creating the lady's arms, and then continuing into the colorization process.
Reddit user f2ISO100 was, naturally, highly appreciative of the work done.
“I don’t know what kind of emotion you hope to elicit with these, but you made me catch my breath,” she said when viewing the final product. “I feel — for the first time — like I got to see her, back in time. This is so, so beautiful. Thank you so much!”
Apparently, while also enjoying the gratitude he receives for the work, thehatersalad loves taking on projects like this for the practice.
Anyone interested in seeing more of his work can visit his Reddit profile to browse through some more of his projects submitted to r/colorization.
From a time-lapse video of the restoration and colorization of an old photo.