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!

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

Excellent service. I sent a scan of a badly creased family photo which was 64 years old. Within a day they returned a cleaned-up version having perfectly removed the damaged areas. I would wholeheartedly recommend their service.

John Evans
28th July 2020 – TrustPilot

60 year old wedding photograph brought back to life Thank-you so much Neil, will certainly recommend your work , many thanks .

Graham Stone
22nd July 2020 – TrustPilot

Neil is a miracle worker, my sister did not have a pic of my mum and dad together, they have both passed , I sent him a pic I had which was quite tatty and he sent back a brilliant copy for her which is so much better than the original also his prices are very competitive I will certainly be using again..

Gloria Beyer
20th July 2020 – FreeIndex

This was my first time using this service.It will not be my last.I was more than pleased with results.

David Gibbs
17th July 2020 – Trustpilot

Top service from Neil, we sent him a wedding photo taken 50 years ago and he has worked a miracle with it, fast turnaround, and great correspondence will definitely use again.

Brian Bevan
10th July 2020 – Trustpilot

Just wanted to say a big thank you to Neil who did a fantastic job on restoring a one hundred year old photo of my Grandfather wearing his Royal Artillery uniform. The photo was badly damaged but the digital restoration is wonderful. The service was exceptional and I would thoroughly recommend Neil’s expertise if you have a photo which needs a little TLC.

Phil Laws
6th July 2020 – Trustpilot

Neil has done a fabulous repair to three old photographs and in particular the one photo of my Mother taken early 1940’s of her in WRENS uniform where the old print had been water damaged. Neil had to recreate an eye to match the one undamaged. I can totally recommend him.

Janice Lukas
6th July 2020 – Facebook Recommedation

Great service from Neil – efficient, great turnaround, great attention to detail and professional. So pleased I got 2 old photos restored with his expertise, will definitely get some more done.
Also impressed his packaging is recycled, an all for that.

3rd July 2020 – Trustpilot

Neil was very helpful and answered any questions or concerns asked of him. He was also honest. The restoration itself is great. Its a prompt service

Amit Dawett
30th June 2020 – Trustpilot

First class service in restoration of old photos,and I am delighted with the completed photos…

Peter J Jack
25th June 2020 – Trustpilot

Excellent customer service and communication. Work is first class and is turned around almost instantly, all this and a fair price too. Will use again in the future if the need arises.

Graham Nash – Trustpilot
23rd June 2020

I am delighted to recommend this company. I have just had an old, badly faded but very precious photo restored beautifully. It was a photo that I had been told elsewhere was faded beyond help.
It has now been brought back to life amazingly well. Neil Rhodes was helpful and easy to deal with and promptly responded to all my requests. Great skills, great company, good value and prompt service. Thank you.

Barbara Strong
23rd June 2020

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

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