Photo Restoration

With digital cameras making photography so easy, modern photos (if printed) can look great. But what if you have some older pictures, that have been left in a box somewhere, that don't look as good? Old photos, transparencies or negatives kept in a box somewhere could hold a picture that could be enjoyed.

I have over 25 years experience in repairing photos on a computer. The original photo is scanned at a high resolution and repaired using graphic editing software. The sort of things that can be fixed include:

  • Remove scratches, cracks and creases
  • Reconstruct missing parts of a photo
  • Remove marks from a photo torn in two and stuck together
  • Improve the contrast on faded pictures
  • Correct the colour balance of faded pictures
  • Erase unsightly objects from a photo
  • Repair torn corners
  • Fix damage from water or chemicals

Please note that a blurred photo cannot be turned into a sharp, clear picture. Despite what you may see in films and television programs, it is not possible to get that sort of detail from an image. Dark images can usually be improved as the information is still contained in the photo.

The cost will vary according to how much work needs to be done, but a final printed photo is included in the price along with the fixed digital image. Larger images or multiple printing may cost more.

Below are some examples of previous photos I've worked on. You can drag the arrow control in the middle of each photo to see the before and after effects.

Stains, marks and holes repaired, boots rebuilt, image colourised and background widened

Contrast improved, scratches fixed, holes repaired and greyscaled

Right half moved to left, colours corrected and perspective fixed

Tears fixed, corners rebuilt, contrast improved, greyscaled then recoloured

Colours fixed, contrast improved, new image of bride's father added so both subjects facing camera

Contrast improved and raised stamp on photo removed

Spots, scratches and evidence of torn photo repaired with tape removed

Top half moved to bottom, colours and contrast fixed

Scratches, watermarks and chemical spots removed

Scratches, tears and contrast improved

Contrast adjusted, colours fixed, cropped and sharpened

Window markings removed, seat cloned out, aspect fixed

Spots and tears fixed, sun bleached area restored, person in background removed