What We Restore and Enhance

Photo restoration means to take something back to its original form in the way we use the term, which involves enhancing the details of an image (often a damaged image). 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 because we offer the following restoration and photo enhancing techniques:

  • Detailed repair by a skilled specialist
  • Color correction and scratch removal, and writing and markings removal
  • Transformation of damaged photos from creases, water damage, fire damage, and more.
  • Amazing value, from $3.00 each. Compare at $40+ locally!

Almost any image can be restored. Contact Us today!

Photo Restoration Services vs Standard Scanning

Although most of our restoration and photo enhancement work applies to old heirloom photos that have been damaged over time. We can also "improve" images, upon request including teeth whitening, editing out a skin blemish, removing a person from a photo, or even placing a new person into a photo. In many instances, the sky’s the limit, so simply tell us what you'd like and we'll let you know if it’s possible. If you are looking for light photo touch-ups, photo color correction and standard photo digitization, our standard photo scanning services might be a better option for you.

How Our Professional Photo Restoration Process Works

Step 1: Upload damaged photos. Make sure your files are a minimum of 500K resolution, but we suggest 1MB or greater for better results.

Step 2: Submit photos for a free, no-obligation quote. This is where you can add specific comments about photos, such as enhancements you want done. For example: remove creases and water stains from the photo.

Step 3: Review our quote. At this point, you can choose to restore all or select photos that you uploaded.

Step 4: Approve our quote and submit your payment. After we receive your approval, one of our world-class restoration technicians will restore your photos to their former glory, which typically takes about a week.

Step 5: Download your photos. Once your restoration is complete, we’ll send you a secure link where you can download the restored image(s).

Types of Damaged Photos That Can Be Restored

Time and elements are the worst enemy of photographs, especially when they haven’t been stored properly. Age alone can cause scratches, folds, tears, fading, extreme color changes, and other damage. Water damage and mold can cause the emulsion to dissolve or stick together, bleeding ink, weakening, and staining. The good news is that the negative effects of aging can be reversed through meticulous photo scanning and restorative services. As skilled experts in photo restoration, ScanCafe uses advanced picture restoration techniques that enable returning nearly any photo to its former glory, even those damaged by fire, light, water, mold, pets, or children.

Repairing Water Damaged Photos

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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.

Repairing Mold Damaged Photos

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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.

Repairing Water Damaged Photos

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After we scan your photos, rips and tears are repaired by digitally filling in missing photo sections. This requires advanced photo restoration skills and in some cases, rebuilding and restoring an image pixel by pixel. At ScanCafe, professional restoration makes tears and rips magically disappear.

Photo Restoration Services FAQs view all

Most people have thousands of pictures in different formats. Over time, it’s common for slides, negatives, prints, and videos to shift in color, fade, and get damaged. Professional scanning restores and preserves these precious memories so you can enjoy them for years to come. Scanning photos also provides other benefits, including:

  • Decluttering, which makes it easier to organize sort, date, and label photos
  • Sharing memories with friends and family
  • Creating photo books for special occasions
  • Uploading digital pictures to online photo sharing websites

You can send the photos in albums as is – we currently don’t charge extra for scanning photos sent in albums. Our technicians remove the photos from the album in sequence and then scan and replace them in the same sequence. If the photos can’t be removed from the album for any reason, we’ll contact you prior to scanning to discuss possible solutions.

We've pioneered a number of industry best practices to guarantee the safety of customers' precious memories on our premises and in transit, including door to door tracking and the following:

  • Installation of 60 high definition surveillance cameras covering the entire property
  • When your order arrives:
    • We record your package being opened and retain the video
    • Your items are weighed to the gram
  • During the entire scanning process, surveillance video is recorded and retained
  • Prior to the order leaving the building:
    • Your items are weighed to the gram and compared to arrival weight
    • We record packing up the materials and retain the video
  • Your scanned files are retained on our servers for a period of time after your package has shipped

Our office hours are 9:30 am to 6:00 pm EST Monday to Friday, closed on Saturday and Sunday. During office hours, we make every effort to respond to emails within six hours and return voice mails within four hours.