Digital Reconstructions

Interpreting the colours you have found is the first step in making a reconstruction. In Frederik VIII’s Palace this first reconstruction was made in the form of a number of photographic, digital reconstructions of selected details from each ceiling.

An uncovered section on the ceiling in the small drawing room, which is today a pantry. Here the original, light yellow ground can be seen.

A digital reconstruction is made on a computer using the photo editing programme Adobe Photoshop. The work is done in layers on top of a black and white photo, where each colour has its own layer. In this way the nuances can be changed and the colours altered until they are exactly right. 

This detail of the ceiling shows an example of a digital reconstruction. Colour has been laid on a photo of a detail of the ceiling. In this way you can see whether the colours you have found appear to be in harmony. At the same time, you get an impression of how the ceiling looked. The reconstruction was used to document the finds made on the ceiling, at the same time as it visualises how the ceiling will look if it is repainted with the colours in question.