Think your old photos are beyond repair? Think again!
Old photos can hold some of our most precious memories, but over time they can become damaged or fade away.
Trust your cherished memories to the UK’s top-rated photo restoration service and we’ll have your photos looking good as new in no time!
Absolutely incredible work! I’ve been bowled over by the quality and speed of Neil’s work and I’m so grateful. I cannot recommend Image Restore enough and I’m already looking for more photos to send over.
Trust the UK’s n°1 rated online photo restoration service
Hi, I’m Neil
Founder of Image Restore
Based in Hampshire, England, I have been helping people restore their photo archives for over 20 years.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
- Over 20 years of photo restoration experience
- Thousands of satisfied customers
- Fast, friendly service
- Prices from just £9
- We never alter or harm your original photos
- We use Fuji Chrystal Archive Paper for all reprints, providing 100 years of fade resistance.
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Over 1000 positive customer reviews speak for themselves!
“Neil is a magician. a 100 year old photo of my wife’s grandfather. in his firemans uniform. the original picture was pretty much in a terrible state. so fragile. i actually cracked the picture when i scanned it to send to Neil. BUT I need not have worried he has restored it to it’s original condition. absolutely fantastic. many thanks.“
9th June 2021 – TrustPilot
“Neil did a superb job of restoring and making copies of a much loved family group photo from the Edwardian era, so that other members of the family could share it.
Prompt service, easy to use and a good result. Delighted.“
9th June 2021 – TrustPilot
“Neil has brought back such lovely memories by restoring the old pictures of my late parents. He did it in such a short time and beautifully. I am going through my old pictures now…. Excellent and fast service. Thanks very much. Iain Chew“
2nd June 2021 – TrustPilot
“Excellent restoration of some extremely damaged photos. I sent the photos and within a few hours I had proofs. Very accommodating with edits and a speedy turn around. I am delighted with the finished product. I highly recommend Image Restore.“
24th May 2021 – Freeindex
“I thought the photo was past repair but I was wrong. Neil did an astonishing job. Quick and friendly service; very reasonably priced.“
21st May 2021 – TrustPilot
“Great service from Neil. I sent digital copies via WeTransfer and it all worked beautifully. Neil supplied lower resolution, watermarked copies of his work at no charge and I was able to decide whether to continue. Which I did and the final results were excellent. I also ordered some prints from him as well as digital copies and these were of a very good quality. If I need to I will definitely use him again.“
20th May 2021 – Freeindex
“I had 2 photos of my Grandad whilst he was serving on HMS Belfast, they had been cut to fit a small oval frame and had pen marks all around from where they had been measured (badly) to fit the frame. I wasn’t really expecting to be able to have them not only restored but made square again. The result was amazing I was so pleased it was beyond my expectations. The turn around was quick the communication was excellent and I am just about to send another photo off. Use Neil with confidence you will not be disappointed.“
Mrs D Bishop
14th May 2021 – Freeindex
“Neil did a great job with 4 old pictures we sent him. The restoration was great and he successfully removed writing from the middle of one photo that was most intrusive.“
14th May 2021 – Trustpilot
“Neil was able to turn a small watermarked photo into a presentable good quality picture. I was impressed with his professionalism and expertise, and the turn around exceeded my expectations.“
9th May 2021 – Trustpilot
“Neil went well beyond my expectations and I am absolutely delighted with the result.“
6th May 2021 – Trustpilot
“I contacted several restoring services and glad I went with Neil. Exceeded expectations. Fast communication and quick turnaround. Quality work by a skilled professional. Thank you.“
4th May 2021 – FreeIndex
We can fix just about anything!
Whether your photos have become creased torn, damaged by flood, stuck to their frame, or simply faded due to the passage of time, we can help! Below are just a few examples of the types of problems we can fix. Don’t throw away your cherished memories before speaking to us first. You’ll be amazed by the results we can achieve! See our Photo Repair and Restore page for more details.
Creases and tears
Even photos that have been completely torn or shredded can usually be put back together.
Water damaged photos can be repaired by reconstructing stained areas and filling in missing details from other similar reference photos.
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.
Sellotape seemed like a miracle invention for sticking photos back together. However, with time, the tape can dry out and damage the underlying photographic emulsion. These issues can usually be fixed with a variety of techniques.
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.
Old board-based photos are very sensitive to moisture damage. If exposed to water then left to dry out, the surface emulsion of the photo can crack and flake off.
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, but we’ve been known to work wonders!
A badly faded photo can be restored by painting in shadows and highlights to increase contrast in the image – a challenging and time-consuming process, but extremely rewarding when done properly.
Silver nitrate contained in the chemicals used to develop very old black and white prints can show on the surface of dark areas as a shiny blue tint, sometimes obscuring details of the image.
Getting your old photos professionally restored in 4 easy steps
1. Send us your photo
If you have a scanner at home, you can digitize your photo and send us the resulting file via our website. Alternatively, carefully package your originals and send them to us via Registered Mail.
2. Confirm your order
We carefully review your photos and restoration requirements then send you a detailed quote for your approval. We’ll then get straight to work on your photo.
Have questions before you order?
Call for FREE advice: 01420 473624
(Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm / Sat 9am-1pm GMT)
3. Only pay once you are happy with the result
We’ll send a digital proof of your restored photo for your review and make any changes you request, if needed. Once you are happy with the result, we’ll send payment instructions.
- Pay securely by credit card or PayPal
- 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
- No hidden fees
4. Receive your photo
Once we’ve received your payment, we’ll email your restored digital photo right away. If you requested prints, we’ll place your order with our professional print lab partner. We always quality check all prints before carefully packaging them and sending them back to you together with any originals you may have supplied to us.
All our reprints are produced using the Digital C-type process, the industry standard for high-quality professional prints from digital files
With Digital C-type printing, light-sensitive photographic paper is exposed using a digitally-controlled light source rather than a negative.
The second part of the process is then much the same as traditional photographic printing. The paper is developed in a chemical bath followed by a bleach fix then washed to remove the processing chemicals.
Our prints are produced using the very best machines on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper. This high quality archive-grade professional photographic paper ensures enhanced colour reproduction and exceptional image stability, with up to 100 years of fade resistance.
How much will my photo restoration cost
Prices for digital restorations start at £9 but every photo restoration is different. We will assess your image for damage and how much that will cost.
What payment methods do you take.
You pay with a card via a payment link or with a bank transfer.
Can I order prints?
Yes we can provide you with high quality professional prints in a variety of sizes up to 45 inches check out our print prices. We always quality check all prints before carefully packaging them and sending them back to you together with any originals you may have supplied to us.
How long will it take?
Most restorations for single images can be done within 24 hours. If you ordered any prints these will be ordered when the proof has been approved and payment received. They take around 7 working days from the professional print lab.
What if I'm not happy with the result?
I offer all my clients a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Should your restored photo(s) not match your expectations, I will work with you to fix any issues until you are 100% happy. In the rare event that I am not able to meet your requirements, you will not be charged for the work.
I do evaluate all requests before undertaking any work and reserve the right to refuse a project if I feel that I will be unable to achieve a satisfactory result.
In these cases, if you have provided me with original prints or negatives, all that I ask is that you cover the cost of returning your originals to you via Royal Mail Special Delivery.
Do you offer discounts for bulk orders?
Yes, discounts are based on assessing the images for restoration and the work required. We offer 5% discount for 10 or more photos and 10% for 50 or over.
Can I review my restored photo(s) before I pay?
Once your photo has been restored, an e-mail with a low-resolution watermarked “digital proof” will be sent for you to validate. If you are happy with the result, I will send you an invoice and payment instructions.
Do you accept orders from outside the UK?
I am happy to accept orders from around the world. However, due to the cost, risk, and potential delays associated with international postage services, I recommend that you do NOT send precious original prints by postal mail if you live outside of the UK. Instead, please obtain a high-resolution scan of your original photo and send the file to me by e-mail.
Consult our detailed scanning guide for instructions on how to scan your image properly for best results.
How do I scan my photos for restoration?
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