Carol Herbert Photo Restoration Photographer

Photo Restoration

Breathing new life into old memories!

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.

No matter what the damage 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.

You will be surprised by the results I can achieve in replacing missing parts of photographs, adding colour to black and white images, removing dust and scratches and much more.

Restored photographs also make perfect gifts. Imagine the look on a loved ones face when they see their photo bought to life with colour!

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, or alternatively you can purchase archive quality prints from me at a substantial saving over High Street prices.

  • 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
  • Hand-colour black and white and sepia photos
  • Colour and sepia to black and white conversion
Carol Herbert Photo Restoration Rotherham

Carol did a brilliant job restoring and colouring a scanned copy of an old Black and White photo!

Andrea Q., Sheffield

Carol did a brilliant job colouring an old black and white photo, despite not having a good copy to work on. Mum is really pleased with the result. Highly recommended.

Allison R., Sheffield

Thank you. You really did an amazing job with this[photo].

Rob D., Sheffield


Take a Snap
Send a low-resolution image file of your photograph - this can be either a scan or one taken with your mobile phone.
Get a Quote
I will get back to you with details of what work is needed, how long it will take and how much it will be.
Send It
Send the photo by a Recorded Delivery Service or email a high-resolution scan*. (Local collection/return is also available.)
Get Your File
Receive the restored photograph as a high-resolution jpeg file ready to print. (Professional printing also available.)


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Photo Restoration Price Guide

Simple fade corrections, contrast adjustments, simple dust and scratch removal, sharpening, cropping
Minor fading, minor discolouration, contrast corrections, light mould or damage, hair-line fissures
Deep scratch marks, small facial area corrections, multiple creases/wrinkles, moderate small areas of mould damage, minor rebuilding/object removal, medium fading, small areas missing
from £55
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

Hand Colouring Price Guide

One or Two figures on a plain background, little background detail, no large areas of patterns or flowers
from £60
Two or three figures, more complicated detail (patterned clothing etc)
from £85
Groups of up to 8 people, intricate details, vehicles, animals, many background objects
from £125
Very complex images, groups of more than 8 people, crowds, school or military photographs, panoramas

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 include a high resolution image file of the completed photograph but do not include the cost of any physical prints.

Colouring is a seperate cost and is always done after the restoration.

*Scanning Tips

  • 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.

Local Collection/Return Service

If you do not have a scanner or cannot otherwise provide a high quality digital file of your photograph I offer a collection and return service for all 'S' postcodes which is charged at 50p per mile each way.