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

“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.

Blemishes

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!

Excellent service fast and great job of photo.

Jo Mac
18th October 2019
     

I had excellent contact with Neil who assisted me with information to achieve the best scan of my old photo. Thereafter the service was very prompt and excellent. Delighted with my photo.

Ingrid Cheeswright
18th October 2019
     

Small old (80 + years) damaged black and white photo restored and coloured. An excellent speedy job.”

Tony Garwood
11th October 2019
     

“This badly light polluted picture from 1963 was repaired beautifully at a very reasonable cost.”

Derek Leon Elton
19th Sep 2019
     

“This badly light polluted picture from 1963 was repaired beautifully at a very reasonable cost.”

Derek Leon Elton
19th Sep 2019
     

“What can I say? Perfect! I am so delighted wth the result – cannot recommend highly enough. Thank you.”

Rachel Foster
14th Sep 2019
     

“Neil was commissioned to restore a matt finish photograph that was crazed and had a 1mm crack straight through the middle. I was absolutely amazed at what he produced and in the same finish and at the price.  The man cares about his work and for your property and he is the man for the job.”

Stuart Roberts
07 Sept 2019
     

“Just received my restored photo, so happy with the photo it has brought all the people back to life. Would definitely recommend.”

Mr L Kinnally
7th Sept 2019
     

“Awesome work, excellent communication and very fast turn around time. I highly recommend Neil’s Professional Services. 5* + Thank you, Neil.”

Stephen Hodgson
25th August 2019
     

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