Photo Restoration and Repair

Welcome to the UK’s Award-Winning 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 1000 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 14 years of photo restoration experience and thousands of satisfied customers with our Award-winning service.
  • 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.
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Hi, I'm Neil

Photo restoration artist and founder of Image Restore

I can’t praise the restoration more highly. He has turned two separate pictures dating back to the 1940’s, complete with wrinkles and fade marks into a single photo that looks like its just been taken. Amazing work will definitely use him again.

Family Pearson
21st October 2020 – TrustPilot

Our dog chewed a photo of huge sentimental value. The photo was fragmented and also he had swallowed a few pieces. I sent it to Neil more with hope than expectation but after a little discussion with him, he sent back a proof for us to look at. I was absolutely staggered at what he’d achieved in rescuing this photo – a fully restored and impeccable photo. We were so grateful! Also he is very responsive and works very quickly. Simply first class!

Julian Rowland
20th October 2020 – TrustPilot

I am delighted with the restoration results. The two photographs, taken in 1922, were tiny and a bit damaged. I scanned them and emailed them to Neil at Image-Restore. Thanks to the restoration done, the detail in each picture has brought the images back to life.

18th October 2020 – TrustPilot

I had a photo of my mother taken when she was a teenager in the early 1940s. It was obviously a lovely photo of her when taken but over the years parts of it had been lost, it had fold marks and had faded. Neil did an excellent job of bringing the photo back to life. We corresponded over email so I could give my input and the final version was so good that I actually felt quite emotional on seeing it. I would recommend Neil’s services without reservation.

John Dalton
17th October 2020 – FreeIndex

I had an old photograph that had been in a frame in the sun and needed bringing back to life, a quick google search bought me to Image Restore.
Neil was super easy to contact and kept me informed throughout the process. The overall result is amazing and I’m so happy with it I almost can’t wait to see what else I can find that needs some thx!

J White
16th October 2020 – FreeIndex

I am so glad I found Image-Restore on line. I had a couple of precious family photographs from my childhood that had seen better days, they were full of cracks, split and torn. I am so glad I sent them off to Neil at Image-Restore. The work completed on my photographs have completely transformed what were very tired old photographs into brand new images that I can cherish, the transformation is incredible, the restored images have so much more detail which has added to my memories of the people in the photo – FAB. Like me you will look at the costs involved and maybe you will ask yourself if the costs justify the work, I have to say once you get the restored images into your hand and you re-live the memories the costs simply disappear and you will see the true value of the image in front of you. I would use Image-Restore again.

P Bobbie
15th October 2020 – TrustPilot

I have used Neil’s services twice now to colour and enlarge old black and white photos. He has done an excellent job on both occasions. Highly recommended.

Paul Roger Probyn
14th October 2020 – TrustPilot

Had a old photo of my dad done. Neil very helpful, very quick service. Thank you.

Lorraine Hellawell
13th October 2020 – TrustPilot

I found an old photo which I love but it had faded and yellowed with sun exposure. I was worried that anyone trying to restore it wouldn’t do it justice but Neil did an amazing job and it looks brand new! He is very reasonably priced and the entire process was relatively easy and quick. Now I can enjoy the photo again after protecting it in a cupboard for years. I would definitely recommend image-restore for others looking for photo repairs.

4th October 2020 – FreeIndex

Sent a 60 year old picture for restoring which was in very poor condition and torn into two parts. Print that came back was absolutely perfect, absolutely brilliant. Amazed at the quality, it was as if the picture was taken yesterday. Brilliant, thanks very much, will definitely recommend for any future restoration.

James Wood
4th October 2020 – FreeIndex

I am very impressed with the service Neil offers – his communication with me was extremely prompt and courteous from the outset. He restored a very faded photograph which was eighty years old and a treasured memory for a family friend. The outcome was astonishing – quite literally tears of joy when my friend saw her family again in the photograph- restored and enlarged. The photograph is framed and pride of place now. Thank you Neil.

Tania Comerford
2nd October 2020 – Trust Pilot

Amazing service……. Thank you ! Neil managed to reproduce a photo of my parents faces from a very tiny battered old black & white photo and the result is incredible. This is the first time I have seen my parents faces in over 50 years and it’s truly wonderful.

Charles Wilson
29th September 2020 – Trust Pilot

We were a bit apprehensive but extremely pleased when we received the photos back.
It was a very old photo 1912 in a kitchen and rather dark but came to life. Will definitely use Neil Rhodes again.

Hazel Hook
28th September 2020 – Freeindex

I sent Neil a 30mmx 40mm photo with about 20% of it missing. This photo was about 80 years old. I received back a beautiful remastered picture, also larger as I requested. Can’t praise him enough. Top quality work, excellent communication. Will now have other work done..

Michael Holland
10th September 2020 – Freeindex

Brilliant work and quick professional service.I will be returning soon with more work.

David Gibbs
8th September 2020 – Google Reviews

I have just received my retouched photo and I cannot believe how clear and beautifully its done. Neil was an absolute professional, he responds my initial email so quickly and sent me a mock up of my badly damaged old photo in no time. The whole experience was delightful and quite straight forward. I would hghly recommended him. Thanks for your excellent service.

Mandana Vazir
3rd September 2020 – FreeIndex

I found Neil on the web whilst searching for photo retouching software. Instead of purchasing software i did not know how to get the best out of, I decided to try a professional.

Wow ! Neil responded to my initial request promptly, laid out the options and provided a watermarked proof on the same day that I submitted a faded old wedding photo. One week later I have a couple of copies of that print that looks like it was taken yesterday. Excellent communication throughout the process and all for less than half of the price of the intended software purchase.

Terry Lumley
25th August 2020 – TrustPilot

I was really pleased with the restoration work Neil did for me. The 1940s photo of my grandparents was heavily creased and Neil fixed all the creases and I can now hang the photo up. Neil was helpful in providing advice about what was possible and the service was very quick. I will definitely use the service again when needed.

Hannah Lynch
25th August 2020 – TrustPilot

Blown away by the results of the restoration on the photos. Seriously looked as if they’d been taken recently One in particular a photo booth pic from the early sixties, it was dog eared and creased and Neil restores it so clearly and beautifully Thanks Neil.

Davina McCluskie
21st August 2020 – FreeInex

Neil, provides and excellent speedy and high quality service. A damaged small photo booth photo repaired and enlarged. Very pleased with the work.

Sean Maddison-Brown
18th August 2020 – TrustPilot

A lovely restoration of a much-treasured old photograph: Neil did a great job. Thanks!

Richard McBride
17th August 2020 – FreeIndex

So pleased with the outcome of this photo- I wanted an old photo restored after years of sun damage and the result was brilliant. Neil responded to all my emails extremely promptly, and made adaptations to the photo upon request, sending proofs to check I was happy with everything. Couldn’t recommend him enough!

K Maya
15th August 2020 – TrustPilot

Very good work restoring two faded photos. Patiently discussed the options and the outcome was very nice.

Sami Khan
14th August 2020 – TrustPilot

Neil restored a very old photograph from a glass negative which was badly damaged -and the result was first class. I would certainly use his services in the future: speedy,efficient work of high quality.

Susan Jane Newell
11th August 2020 – FreeIndex

We had three images that needed various levels of enhancement. Neil understood what was required and advised on the most appropriate method to deliver a professional set of black and white images, that are currently getting framed and will soon be ready to hang in our kitchen.

Steven Hedges
10th August 2020 – FreeIndex

“We had one of our wedding photos in a frame and over the years it had faded. Found Neil on google .sent a copy of original and after a few emails got back a perfect reproduction to put back in frame and one for our album.the price was a lot cheaper than expected and service was first rate did not take long to recieve my prints.I will be going back to him when i need to..

Michael Asson
10th August 2020 – TrustPilot

I came across a very old photo of my mum as a girl on my laptop but it was an incredibly bad image. I went on google and found Neil – wasn’t expecting much but Neil emailed me back and said he definitely could improve it. The hard copy arrived today and it is stunning, my mum looks beautiful and I’ve just ordered a suitable frame to do it justice – I only wish my mum was still here to see it. Would definitely recommend Neil to restore your most precious photo’s.

Renata Boyle
5th August 2020 – FreeIndex

Fast, efficient, great restoration of old photos. Thank you Neil

Dick Stanley
5th August 2020 – TrustPilot

Did a super job restoring a damaged baby picture I sent. Very pleased.

R M Sailors
31st July 2020 – Google Reviews

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Award winning photo restoration service

Award winning photo restoration service

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How much does photo restoration cost?

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