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Walgreen's Restoration
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Vikki


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Registered: August 2001
Location: Arizona
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This image was submitted to Walgreen's for restoration and coloring. I did not specify what colors or how to color the image. I had seen a wedding photo completely colorized and was under the impression that this would be as well. I'm not happy with this and would never give this to a customer.
· Date: 3/2/2004 · Views: 12469 · Filesize: 34.5kb, 104.1kb · Dimensions: 667 x 489 ·
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
3/2/2004 9:12pm

The thumbnail looks nice.
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ajcutler

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Registered: August 2003
Location: Potomac, Maryland
Posts: 77
3/2/2004 9:37pm

Vikki:

Thanks for taking your photograph to Walgreens. You have provided good information for us to consider.

I am appalled at the work they did. It looks like when they colorized the faces and arms, they used one color, and used it in normal blending mode which took care of wiping out most facial details. The dog looked okay. If I had received that photo back from Walgreens I would pester them for acceptable work, and if they couldn't deliver, I would take it to the media which would probably embarrass them into giving me a refund.

Alan
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Vikki
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Registered: August 2001
Location: Arizona
Posts: 883
3/2/2004 10:22pm

Alan, I wrote more information about this in a thread. "Appalled" is an excellent description. I'm keeping this beauty for reference purposes.

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Janet Petty

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Registered: January 2004
Location: Mid-South
Posts: 2,164
3/3/2004 5:37pm

Good thing you still have the original. There is one other store, which shall remain nameless, that has managed to do things like this to my photos as well. I can truly empathize.

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Ken Fournelle
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Registered: January 2004
Posts: 248
3/5/2004 11:28am

I think the important thing about Walgreens is that it demonstrates there is a huge market out there. Walgreens must have spent millions in market research and testing to decide to implement this service. They also will advertise---get the word out about restoration services. This can be good for independents providing the independents can reasonably be competitive on price and service. Cream rises to the top. If Walgreens does a poor job in restoration their business will suffer. Often restoring someone's cherished photos is a very emotional experience for the custormer or client. It is hard for me to believe that an impersonal service administered by a clerk who has other things to do can compete with the one on one relationship that an independent or small photo service can render. That said, I do think that people will have to look hard at competing with them on price. Everyone should have an answer when asked, "Why shouldn't I just take this to Walgreens?"

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W. Rose
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Registered: August 2003
Location: Manteca, Ca
Posts: 105
3/19/2004 10:44pm

This has given me the inspiritation to continue with my work in photoshop & restoration. Knowing now i can do better work than what is being offered by some of the other so called professional photo labs doing this kind of restoration & colorization.
Thanks again Vikki
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Gary Richardson

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Registered: March 2004
Location: Yorkshire, England
Posts: 2,717
4/26/2004 9:02am

My god! the owner of this image could of done better with a set of crayons than Walgreens have done. Thank goodness we don't have them this side of the pond, they've really set photo retouching back to the dark ages.

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FrannyMae

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 92
8/28/2004 9:57am

It is sad to think that is it what passes for "professional" in some circles! I would be embarrassed to produce this quality of work. I can only assume the restorer is getting paid by the piece and is under pressure to work quickly? Yuck.
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camcen
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Registered: August 2007
9/20/2007 8:37am

Unfortunately, there are people who would get work back like this and think it is great. That is how these mass merchandisers keep it up. Just look at how some people have their color television set up. It can look "good" until there is something to compare it to.
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