Photo Restoration and Colourisation
Do you have damaged, torn or faded photographs that you think are beyond repair? Think again!
Even if your physical photographs have been lovingly stored and protected against creasing, tearing or moisture damage they will still deteriorate over time; at the very least the pigments will fade and the emulsion can dry out and flake away from the surface. However, I can digitally repair and restore your old photographs and turn them into new ones which can be treasured for many more years to come.
I offer three services; photo restoration, photo correction and photo colourisation/decolourisation.
- Dust and scratch removal
- Rip, tear and crease removal
- Stain, mould, dirt spots and water damage removal
- Pen, paint and biro removal
- Correction of colour casts
- Repair faded photographs
- Rebuild missing sections of damaged photographs
Photo Colourisation / Decolourisation
- Hand-colour black and white and sepia photos
- Colour and sepia to black and white conversion
- Rebuild missing sections of damaged photographs
The finished photograph is supplied to you as a digital file which you are free to print and share to family and friends as you wish. Payment is only required once you have seen and approved the finished restoration/colourisation. Please scroll down for a guide to pricing.
These prices are only a guide. Images are assessed and priced once I have received the photograph/scan as not all images can be set to any one category, but it is best to keep in mind that the more badly damaged the photograph, the longer the restoration process will take, and therefore the higher the price. Even 'simple' photographs of a single person can take 3-4 hours to restore and colour. All work will be carried out only when the costs have been discussed and agreed. Prices do not include the cost of a physical print.
Colouring is a seperate cost and is always done after the restoration.
- Simple fade corrections ♦ contrast adjustments ♦ simple dust and scratch removal ♦ sharpening ♦ cropping - £5 to £15
- Minor fading ♦ minor discolouration ♦ light mould or damage ♦ hair-line fissures - £15 to £25
- Deep scratch marks ♦ small facial area corrections ♦ multiple creases/wrinkles ♦ moderate small areas of mould damage ♦ medium fading ♦ small areas missing - £25 to £40
- Larger areas missing or damaged ♦ large facial area corrections ♦ larger areas of face/body missing ♦ heavy mould damage ♦ major rebuilding/object removal ♦ heavy folds ♦ tears ♦ heavy fading - £40 and up
- One or Two figures on a plain background ♦ little background detail ♦ no large areas of patterns or flowers - from £25
- Two or three figures ♦ more complicated detail (patterned clothing etc) - from £35
- Groups of up to 8 people ♦ intricate details ♦ vehicles ♦ animals ♦ many background objects - from £50
- Very complex images ♦ groups of more than 8 people ♦ crowds ♦ school or military photographs ♦ panoramas - from £70 and up
How to Order
Free estimates will be given. Full restorations require a scan of at least 1Mb / 3000px on longest side / 300dpi. The larger the file the better - remember that a restoration is only as good as the quality of the scan.
- Carefully clean off any surface dust (a soft makeup brush is ideal for this)
- Ensure you image is laid flat on the scanner
- Even if your photograph is black and white or sepia chose the 'colour photograph' mode. If possible, scan as 16-bit colour ('high bit colour mode' - you should be able to find this out from your scanner's manual or Google!)
- Scan in high resolution; images should be scanned at a minimum of 300Dpi (dots per inch). For smaller images, the Dpi will need to be higher. As a general rule, measure the shortest side of the image. Then, starting with a figure of 2400Dpi, divide this by 2 for every increase in 2 inches. For example, 1-2inches = 2400Dpi, 3-4inches = 1200Dpi, 5-6inches = 600Dpi - but never go below 300Dpi.
- Use 'optical resolution' not 'interpolated'.
- Do not use the 'Quick Scan' button - the default settings on this option will produce a low-quality scan. Once you have entered your settings above use the 'Scan' option on your software rather than the button on the machine as it will reset to default and undo all your changes.
- Save your file as a low compression JPG or a TIFF file which has no compression.
- Once you have your saved file attach it to an email - do not embed it by dragging and dropping as this can affect the received quality.
If you can, take a photo with a mobile phone and email this to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm whether I am able to restore prior to sending. Please use an insured service with tracking, such as Royal Mail Special Delivery. Images will be posted back using this service and the cost will be added to the restoration. In the unlikely event that no restoration can be carried out the return cost must still be paid.
Remember to include your name and address for the return of your photograph and details of what work you wish to be carried. No restoration will be started until we have discussed your requirements and agreed on the price.
If you do not have access to a scanner and live in an 'S' postcode area I offer a collect, scan and return service which is charged at 50p per mile.