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Photo Restoration Services

Photo with Mildew Damage

We offer repair of fire-damaged photos, repair of physically damaged photos, and repair of water/mold damage, as in this photo.

Our photo restoration service is our most extensive level of digital repair, and we are acknowledged experts in photo restoration. Our advanced photo restoration techniques allow us to return nearly any photo to their former glory, even those damaged by fire, light, water, mold, pets, or children. We can also restore old photos that are faded and dulled by age.

  • Detailed repair by a specialist
  • Incredible results, damaged photos look new
  • Free quote, just upload a photo
  • Amazing value, from $1.09 each. Compare at $40+ locally!

Almost any image can be restored. Why not upload yours and get a free quote?

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Photo Restoration Examples

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Repair of Ripped and Torn Photos

Fix Torn photos Ripped photos fixed

Torn completely in two. This nearly destroyed photograph was put back together, pixel by pixel, with advanced restoration.

Repair of Water Damage

Restore Water Damaged Photos Water Damage Photos Restored

Water damage. Repair of water-damaged photos and repair of fire-damaged photos are often related, since the water used to fight fires often damages photos. This level of damage requires experts in photo restoration.

Repair of Mold Damage

Restore Mold Damaged Slides Mold Damaged Photos Restored

Mold damage. Common with slides and negatives, which are sometimes kept in humid environments, like basements. The photo on the right is an example of advanced photo restoration that both removed the mold damage and also restored the color balance.

Photo Enhancement Services

Example of 1 Person Being Placed Into a PhotoWe can take a person out of a photo, and put another one--even a President--in.

While it's true that most of our restoration work is on heirloom photos that have somehow been damaged over time, we can also "improve" an image, upon request. We can whiten teeth, remove a skin blemish, remove a person from a photo, or even place a new person into the photo. The sky is really the limit, simply tell us what you'd like and we'll let you know if it can be done.

Frequently asked questions

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    We count hundreds of working photographers among our customers, including the legendary Peter Guttman ,Travel Journalist, who has joined our Advisory Board.
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  • Photo Restoration FAQ

    • How does the photo restoration process work?
      See our “how it works” page.
      Step 1: Upload Damaged Photos: Make sure your files are high resolution. We recommend at least 500k, and for the best results, 1MB or more
      Step 2: Submit for Quote: Here you can add comments about the photos
      Step 3: Review our Quote: Herein you can chose to restore all or just some of the photos you uploaded. We do not charge anything for our quotes.
      Step 4: We restore your photo: Typically this will take about a week.
      Step 5: Download: Once your restoration is complete, you can download it from our secure website
    • What instructions do I need to provide for photo restoration?
      Providing us with guidance on what to restore in your image is optional. Our restoration artists are very experienced and know how to repair damaged/poor images. However, if you have special requests, you can include instructions like: "remove blemishes", "remove frame border", "make the hair blonde", etc.
    • What types of digital files can I upload for photo restoration?
      You can upload images in jpeg format. Any image must be less than 20MB in size. Please ensure that your images have enough clarity (we cannot restore a complete blurred image into a sharp image). If for any reason your file cannot be restored, we will let you know during the quote process and you won't have to pay for any images that aren't restorable.
    • How long does it take for a photo restoration quote?
      ScanCafe will typically send you a quote in 1-2 business days from the time you upload your images.
    • How long will take to get my final photo restorations?
      We are usually able to complete the restoration of your images within a couple days to a week from the day you approve the quote.
    • How will I get my restorations back?
      You will be able to download them instantaneously after checkout from your online account. We send you an email notification when the restoration has been completed and is available for your review.
    • How much will photo restoration cost me?
      There is no risk. You will get a quote from us and you get to review and accept the quotes prior to making any payment. Our quotes are final and there are no hidden charges. You can review our restoration pricing page to get an overview on pricing. Pricing is based simply on the time spent by the artist and the skill required to restore the image.
    • What if I don't have the digital files and only have old photos, slides or negatives?
      See our “how it works” page
      Step 1: Collect pictures: Collect all your pictures in multiple formats (negatives will work out the cheapest: both shipping and scanning costs) Count: ? Box them: Package them in a standard FedEx or UPS box
      Step 2: Place order: Log onto ScanCafe.com and place an order. Print 3 copies of the shipping label: attach one to the outside of the box; place one inside (it will always travel with your images); and keep the third for your records. Then, simply ship it!
      Step 3: Tracking: We will send you a confirmation email on receipt and also when your pictures are scanned and ready for review online.
      Step 4: Tracking: You can review the status of your order at anytime by logging in to your account and clicking on order status. You get to review ALL your scanned pictures online. You select the pictures that you like (minimum 20% selection required) You’re done! We will ship you: • All the originals that you sent us • All your selected scans on your choice of a DVD or CD or a Hard Drive

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  • Our Customers

    Please pass on to the graphic experts that I am thrilled with the final restoration on my wedding photo. It is amazing to me that they can do this!!

    - Linda C., West Covina, CA (February 2009)

    When I got my DVD back with the photos, I could not believe the quality of the scans! It was like I was transported back in time....It was truly an emotional experience reliving those photos on my computer with such startling clarity and quality.

    - Matthew C., Columbus, GA (Dec 2007)

    The images I received were amazing quality - just like the original pictures...I loved that ScanCafe had great prices and that I could choose which images to purchase after they had scanned them all - what a deal!

    - Connie S.,Toccoa, GA (August 2008)

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