This photo, using the hand-tinting popular in the first half of the 20th century, had been wrapped around a convex backing and had very large cracks running through it. In the scanning process, light pressure was applied to the back of the image to get the best possible contact with the scanning bed. Once digitised, spot healing was used to reduce the appearance of the cracks and then airbrushed. The original photo had been hand coloured with the use of broad brush strokes and a similar approach was taken with the digital brush to maintain the integrity of the image. Finally the colour was adjusted to improve the hue.
The photo below shows the extent of the cracking on the original.
We printed the finished image on Hahnemühle fine art paper and framed in a hand-finished Australian blackwood timber.