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 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

Very professional service. Neil communicates with his customers so they know exactly what he is doing. I gave Neil an old wedding photo which the colour had faded from it. Neil scanned it worked his magic and 24 hours later e-mailed a proof through. The proof was a transformation off the faded picture into what the original was when taken.
Excellent service. Very quick turnaround, great quality and not expensive. Would definitely use the service again.

Peter B Holland
6th January 2020

Very professional service. Neil communicates with his customers so they know exactly what he is doing. I sent Neil an old photo of my eldest sister, photo is 60 years old and part of her face is missing. I emailed another photo and Neil has managed to restore the rest of her face. I am very impressed with the finished product. [ a great service and reasonable price. Thanks Neil.

Lee Shaw
1st January 2020

I sent Neil a very small black and white photograph of my mam and dad’s wedding day in 1954 (approx 3″ x 2″). It is the only photograph that remains in our possession. Neil managed to restore, enlarge and colour the picture to an excellent standard, you could swear the photograph was taken yesterday! I cannot recommend Neil enough, absolutely excellent.

Angela Webb
23rd December 2019

Excellent service. Very quick turnaround, great quality and not expensive. Would definitely use again

Mark C
8th December 2019

Excellent service, efficient and great communication definitely would recommend.

Lexi Wesley-Smith
7th November 2019

Sent Neil an ancient and badly ‘corroded’ photo of my great-grandfather and it came back ‘as new’… Really impressive! And really quick, too!

George Dudzinski
7th November 2019     

The original photo was a bent and faded metal plate photo, called a ‘tintype’ or ‘ferrotype’, about 4 inches by 3 inches in size, dating from the early-mid 1880s. It was badly faded, had little chips of enamel missing, many scratches (particularly over the face) and some blue-ish water and other chemical discolourations down part of one side.

The first proof restoration showed a remarkable improvement in almost all respects, although there were still some points of restoration that needed attention. This was dealt with promptly and effectively. This left some points of finer detail in specific parts of the photo, matters of line or form or tone, that were needing of some further work, and after some exchanges, with the restorer by e-mail, these were achieved to my complete satisfaction.

Overall, this was a first-class service: prompt, attentive, skilled, and willing to deal with the points of detail required to achieve a beautiful and striking restoration. The service of this restorer is wholly recommended.

Nick Odoni
7th November 2019     

My photos were so faded I didn’t hold out much hope but my reaction was Wow when Neil sent me the proofs. I was very impressed with the Value, speed and communication and would definitely recommend Image Restore.

Susan Brown
2nd November 2019

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