What is photo restoration?
Photo restoration is the process of making an old photo new again. Old photos suffer from cracking, tears and mould. They can fade and discolour and become mottled. Physical damage can cause a photo to look old and tattered such as pinholes or missing pieces. Water damage can cause the colours to run and stains ruin your photos. Photo restoration can remove all that damage and make an old photo new again.
How is photo restoration done?
The process normally starts with a digital image. This is normally a scan of the photo created on a pofessional scanner. The digital image is transferred to a computer. Once the digital image is on the computer it can be manipulated and retouched using an image editor such as Photoshop. This allows the image to be digitally repaired.
Why is photo restoration done?
Photos age and fall apart. When we have no images left of our past then our memories fade of these past events too. Restoring photos is vital if we want to preserve these memories for the future. It is not just our memories and photos that need to be saved. Historical photos, clubs, societies, organisations and businesses all have photos from the past. It is their history and memories and moments that photo restoration is there to save!
Can I restore a physical photo?
We do not work with physical photos. Please have it professionally scanned in high resolution or take a good photo of it with a modern photo camera and send it to us.
Can you colorize a photo?
Yes. PixelsPhotoArt is known for producing some of the best photo-realistic colorization work on the Web. The cost for this type of work varies depending on the amount of detail and complexity in the photo. Check out our photo colorizing service for more details and examples of our work.
Can you restore a film negative?
PixelsPhotoArt is a digital photo restoration agency, so we are only able to fix digital replicas of
your original images. If your print or negative is in very bad shape, you may want to engage the
services of a professional conservationist. For more details, see my blog post on Conserving old photos using expert conservationists.
My photo is stuck to glass can you fix that?
Yes. I would be able to work from a scan of the image made through the glass. You can try this yourself to avoid posting glass. For help with scanning through glass read the photos stuck to glass
How do I scan an image that is too big for my scanner?
You can read about how to do that in scanning large images for restoration.It is not difficult and can save you posting costs by emailing me the scans.
I am not sure how to scan, do you have a guide?
Sure. The best scan means the best results for your restore! See my scanning guide which should answer all of your questions. If you want to jump straight into scanning the try my 7-step guide to scanning
Can I use my mobile camera instead of a scanner?
It is always best to scan your photo, but if you must
use a phone to photograph your image
it must be photographed correctly without flash, reflections, distortions, shadows and in sharp
Can you fix over-exposed or under-exposed photos?
In many cases, photos that are under-exposed (too dark) or over-exposed (too light) can be fixed.
However, in severe cases, there might not be enough detail or colour density to restore the image
back to normal levels, making it difficult or impossible to achieve an acceptable result. You can
request a FREE quote for your photo by sending us a e-mail with your photo at