Photo Restoration and Repair

Welcome to the UK’s Top-rated Digital Photo Restoration Service

Bring Your Old Black & White Photos to Life

with our expert colourizing service

Take Your Photos to the Next Level

Quality photo retouching service for models, photographers and other creative professionals

Need Something Special?

Illustrating a book? Preparing a history exhibit? Restoring your family archive? We can help!

With our photo restoration services, we can digitally repair and restore your torn, damaged or faded photos, preserving them for future generations to enjoy.

Breathe new life into your old black and white prints with our photo colourizing service. We digitally apply historically accurate hues and tones to produce natural-looking results. 

Remove unwanted distractions and blemishes, combine elements from different scenes, or replace backgrounds. When it comes to photo retouching, the only limit is your imagination!

Think your photos are beyond repair? Think again!

Never throw away your cherished photographic memories without speaking to us first! We can digitally repair many types of damage and restore your photos to their original condition.

Creases & tears

We can restore most creased or folded images to their original condition. Even photos that have been completely torn or shredded can usually be put back together. For more details, see Restoring creases and folds with photo restoration.

Water damage

Water damaged photos can be repaired by reconstructing stained areas and filling in missing details from other similar reference photos. For examples of our work and the techniques we use, see how we restore water damaged photos.

Flaked emulsion

Old board-based photos are very sensitive to moisture damage. If exposed to water then left to dry out completely, the emulsion or surface of the photo can simply flake off. Fortunately, this type of damage can be repaired. For more details, see restore flaked emulsion.

Light leakage

Film negatives can be severely damaged if light leaks into the camera or if exposed to light before they are developed. This type of damage can be tricky to repair, and sometimes unrecoverable, but we’ve been known to work wonders, such as this severe case of light leakage, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need help restoring this type of issue.

Tape marks

Sellotape seemed like a miracle invention for sticking a photo back together. However, with time, the tape can dry out, leaving crackly, brittle, yellow-brown sellophane on your photos. The tape can also cause damage to the underlying photographic emulsion. These issues can usually be fixed with a variety of restoration techniques.


“Silvering” is where the silver nitrate contained in the chemicals used to develop very old black and white images shows on the surface of dark areas as a shiny blue tint, sometimes obscuring the details. This can be fixed in most cases.


Faces sometimes need retouching in both old photos and new. With old photos, paper grain, staining or other marks can easily ruin a face. With new photos, blemishes, shadows or wrinkles can detract from the intended result. Thankfully, with some careful retouching and skin smoothing, many of these issues can be fixed. See some examples of our work removing blemishes.

Missing fragments

Missing pieces of a photo can often be restored, either by painstakingly recreating missing elements from scratch, or by cloning and rebuilding detail from existing areas of the photo, or a similar photo. Either way, this type of restoration requires time and skill to achieve good results. 

Adding colour

In addition to restoring faded colour photos, we can incorporate colours into old black and white photos. When done properly, this can bring old black and white photos to life by recreating the hues present in the original scene but which could not be captured by the photographic process of the time.  See our recolouring pages for more information and examples of our work.

Removing colour

Converting colour photos to black and white can help correct stains or to remove sepia or silver tinting that can occur over time. It can also be used for artistic effect or as an intermediary step when restoring badly faded colour photos, prior to recolouring.

Faded colours

A badly faded photo can be restored by painting in shadows and highlights to increase contrast in the image. This can be a challenging and time-consuming process, but extremely rewarding when done properly. In extreme cases, images must first be restored to a good black and white image and then recoloured.

Photo montage

When it comes to photo-montage (the combining of two or more separate images to form one), the only limit is your imagination! With skill, practice, and careful consideration of light, shade, colour and grain matching, we can achieve some quite remarkable results. 

Image Restore is the UK’s n°1 rated photo restoration service

Prices from just £9 ● Fast turnaround ● 100% satisfaction guarantee

We're fast

We complete most digital orders within 48 hours. For an even faster service, try FastTrack.

We're friendly

We’re a small business with a big heart. Over 900 positive customer reviews speak for themselves!

We're reliable

We pride ourselves on consistent quality, fast turnaround and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

We're affordable

Prices start from just £9 and you only pay once you are satisfied with the result.

You can trust us with your precious memories

  • We have over 10 years of photo restoration experience and thousands of satisfied customers.
  • We never alter or harm your original photos.
  • All original prints supplied to us will be returned to you by registered mail.
  • We use Fuji Chrystal Archive Paper for all reprints, providing 100 years of fade resistance.
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee: See a digital proof before you part with any money. 
  • Pay securely online via credit card or PayPal
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01420 473624

Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm (GMT)

Saturday 9am-1pm (GMT) 

Hi, I'm Neil

Photo restoration artist and founder of Image Restore

Over 900 positive customer reviews speak for themselves!

Neil has taken a 1945 wedding photo that was faded, water-stained and with a piece missing; restored it and coloured it as per the details that someone had written on the back of the photo. It’s quite remarkable that this is possible, especially so when Neil managed to complete the work within a matter of hours

Philip Sanders
14th May 2020

I had a couple of 40-year old photographs that had spent far too long on a windowsill in full sunshine. As a result, almost all detail had been bleached from the pictures and it seemed very unlikely to me that they would be in any way recoverable. Then I found Neil’s website and followed his detailed instructions for scanning the photographs. I was encouraged to find that the scans showed more detail than was visible in the photos themselves and sent them off to Neil for his opinion. I was surprised when he replied almost immediately that they should be repairable and asked for more information on the colour of the clothes the subject was wearing. In less than 4 hours he sent me proofs of the restored pictures and I was blown away to find that they looked exactly as I remembered the originals. I thoroughly recommend Neil’s photo restoration service. In particular, I can confirm that his claim that he can “restore your photos to their original condition” is absolutely true.

Richard Francis
14th May 2020

Neil Rhodes has done a wonderful job in restoring an old photograph which had become very badly disfigured. I am so very pleased with his work and have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him and would have no hesitation about using his services again.

Mrs E B Gibbs
14th May 2020

Clear instructions to scan provided. Samples and proof provided and the kind of work done in a very small amount of time for a picture which was in a bad shape was absolutely brilliant..

Santosh Tiwari
05 May 2020

Once again Neil has excelled himself. He has coloured an old photo from the 1960s and brought my memories flooding back. Always professional, always reliable, always courteous and always patient. I’ve got more Neil and will be back Thank you..

Valerie Phillips
14th April 2020

I was extremely pleased on receiving my black and white photos which had been brightened up with much greater definition. One original photo was a 1943 snap measuring just 2 inches by 3 inches approx.; Neil turned it out wonderfully well and it has been blown up to a 6×4 inches size with great clarity. But it was not just the quality of the work; Neil provides an outstanding communication service, listening and checking what specifically is required, and then advising what is to be done, clearly and efficiently.

William Rhodes
22nd March 2020

A genius. Restored a copy of a 1915 original photograph, producing an excellent image of one person from the group on an new background.

Robin Harrod
21th March 2020

I am delighted with Neil’s work on a treasured but sadly extremely damaged colour photograph. I cannot recommend Neil Rhodes highly enough. I was sceptical that anyone would be able to bring new life into the image but Neil assured me that he was able to scan the photo without removing it from its glass mount and frame which would have damaged it even further. Neil worked quickly and let me see proofs by email and was happy to make minor adjustments as I suggested. The resulting image is, honestly, absolutely perfect. Well worth the money and effort. Thank you Neil.

Jayne Halfhide
15th March 2020

We have used Neil’s services many times now and every time our valuable old photos are treated with total safety and the results are breath-taking. He has never let us down! Crumbled old black and white photos become beautiful again, ancient photos become clear and fading old polaroids suddenly return to clarity. Can’t be more pleased.

J Gardinder
23th February 2020

I was very impressed with the service I received from my initial enquiry to the receipt of my restored photograph. Neil managed to restore a battered photo of my friend taken in 1972 that travelled around Europe for 30 years and many house moves since. Not having seen the photo since it was taken all those years ago, my friend was absolutely thrilled to receive the restored copy as a surprise for her big birthday. She said it brought back many happy memories of times gone by. Thank you Neil.

Jacqueline Richards
11th February 2020

I am so pleased with how Image Restore has managed to restore photographs of my long-departed father and also my mother, including two black and white ones taken in the 1950s. The service is highly professional in all respects, including communication and speed of delivery and I would not hesitate to recommend Image Restore to anyone.

Sarah Batten
21st January 2020

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