Digital Photo Restoration and Repair Service

Making old photos new again and preserving your captured moments for generations to share.

Expert Photo Colourizing Service

Bring your old black & white photos back to life in glorious colour!

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!

If your photos are torn and faded and making you feel sad and annoyed you needn’t feel that way. Our photo restoration service can fix those tears and restore those faded images. We understand it can be a worrying time watching your photos fade away. Don’t worry in just a short while our skilled restorer will have your photos looking like new again. We can digitally repair many types of damage.

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, online restoration 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.
  • Online photo restoration service, no risk for your photos in the post.
  • Pay securely online via credit card or PayPal
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Hi, I'm Neil

Photo restoration artist and founder of Image Restore

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

Liz Corfield
20th  May 2021 -TrustPilot

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.

Angela Baugh
11th  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.

Sadiq Maghjee
9th  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..

Marcus Kan
4th  May 2021 -TrustPilot

Neil was able to restore a photo that had quite literally been through a war! Badly damaged (half of a face missing) and cracked. Discovered very recently, it was a photo of my late mam as a young girl, taken shortly before she had to leave her homeland during WWII. It brought a tear to my eye to see it restored. Great guidance to provide best image of the photo initially, and then great communication and efficient service thereafter. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble to get that final perfect image.

2nd  May 2021 -TrustPilot

Neil Rhodes was able to take a photo of mine that had a rip across the eyes of one of the people in the photo. Not only did he restore her face, he cleaned up the rest of the photo. It looks amazing and was a reasonable price for the work involved and preserving my family history. Would definitely use this service again!

Jody Msith
27th April 2021 -TrustPilot

I had a photo that was taken in the 1940’s which I wanted restoring as it was badly scratched and had gone yellow. Neil did an amazing job at removing the scratches and restoring the original black and white image and I’m absolutely thrilled. It will make a fantastic 80th birthday present!

21st April 2021 -TrustPilot

First class service restoring an old, cracked photo of my great grandmother. Good communication and I am delighted with the result.

Sylvia Gillies
20th March 2021 -TrustPilot

Excellent .service, very pleased with the restoration of my old (1977) photograph. Mr Rhodes always kept in touch to inform me of progress and emailed an early updated print. I could have asked for some change at any time. Thoroughly recommended.

17th March 2021 -TrustPilot

We sent a series of very faded and sometimes marked photos of our family to see if they could be restored and made into a new montage. Neil did an outstanding job! The result is like new, and the montage takes pride of place on our wall and brings many happy memories to life. Thank you so much.

Paul Honneywell
16th March 2021 -TrustPilot

Second time I have used this service to have a photo retouched – this time a photo of my Grandfather in his Royal Navy uniform from 1941. A very professional service and fast turnaround time. I can highly recommend Image-Restore

15th March 2021 -TrustPilot

Really happy with the outcome considering that the photo was stuck in large clumps on the glass. Would definitely recommend.

D Taylor
13th April 2021 – TrustPilot

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