Photo Restoration Arts
by Andrew Brooker
Simply the Best
Old photo restoration
Surface cracks and flakes
Stuck to the glass
Sloping horizons and wonky perspectives
Red eye and cosmetic retouching
Object and people removal and image recomposing
Restore, repair, retouch and improve your photos
Photos suffer over time from accident, sunlight, being handled, or just time itself, as you will have seen in your own pictures. And it’s not just damage that’s the problem -
Whatever the problem, whatever the imperfection, a great deal can be done at Photo Restoration Arts, as you can see in the many examples on this site.
It’s never too old, it’s never too small, it’s never hopeless.
How can we help you restore your photos?
We are often asked if very old photos can be restored. No age discrimination here -
Any print that’s been handled and looked at (not just hidden away, forgotten in a box) will have its share of these minor imperfections. Generally these problems can all be repaired.
Very common indeed and usually capable of a full recovery -
Sunlight will fade any photo but very often tone and contrast can be restored with astonishing effect, even where the fading is uneven across the picture (though this is more of a problem). The same methods to restore tone and contrast to faded photographs can be applied to under and over exposed photos -
Have you noticed how all those prints from the 70s have a magenta colour cast? That’s because of the colour processing used at the time, but that cast can be removed and a much more natural colour balance can be restored. Sunlight can also cause a colour cast in any colour photo, of any age.
Corners missing, parts missing from a photo torn into pieces -
Ugly and common, often difficult to restore fully but usually capable of significant improvement at least.
Also very common in old photos and difficult to repair, but often only visible when zoomed well in (and we always zoom right into any photo we are restring and, if we see a problem, we try and fix it). These problems can always be improved.
Causes damage to the surface when you try and take the picture out of the frame, often tears and holes. But also often fully repairable -
The sloping horizon of the seascape, the leaning church at the wedding -
The toddler looking ghoulish in the flash, those spots and wrinkles, the egg stain on the tie, the pasty complexion, even the beer belly -
Lose that ugly van, the telegraph pole emerging from Grandma’s head, remove the rest of the group from around the happy couple. Of course, the background will have to be reconstructed and that takes a lot of skill, especially if it actually means recreating arms and legs, but we can do that for you.
Sepia tones often give old photos a warmth and character that feels right for the time. Or if you have a black and white photo that you want restored but looks a little cold, we can tint it for you in any colour or degree.
The Victorians liked to hand colour their photos, often in pastel shades, to give extra life and charm, and you may want the same for those photos from the distant past. Or you may want a more fully naturalistic colouring for that rather dull black and white photo. We will colourise your photo with skill and an eye for what is period and what is natural.
What are the limits?
People are often amazed and really surprised by the changes that can be made to their photos. And so am I -
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