How much photo restoration costs?

Before and after pattern suppression and restoration techniques have been applied to a textured photo

Restoring a photo to its former glory is a valuable investment usually ranging from $89 to $489 – a price determined by the extent of damage, size, and restoration time required. Larger photos and those requiring specialised printing, like canvas or metal, may incur additional costs. Investing in restoring your photos will ensure their prolonged life and cherished memories for years to come.

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Dust & Scratches Removal

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from your old photographs

How to safely remove dust from your photos?

Dust is one of the silent killers of a photograph

Photographs are incredibly valuable for our lives, they are a communication channel with the younger generations and a way to preserve our history and pass on our legacy.

If you have plenty of photos stored in an old shoebox or in an album, you need to realise that wether you want it or note, these are degrading day by day as the pass of time do not contribute to preserve them, and dust is one of the major silent killers of a photograph.

Dust and particles contribute to the Physical or mechanical damage, which is one of the most common causes for photo deterioration, every time you get them out of their album or you scramble them in your hands a small amount of deterioration by friction is happening, sometimes not noticeable but progressively destroying your memories.

This means that dust and scratches, which may have built up over time, are a major obstacle to overcome, here are some tips on best practices to preserve your photos and deal with dust in a smarter way:

Halt! The Reason You Shouldn’t Simply Dust Off Your Old Photographs

Although it may seem like a good idea to just wipe the dust, particles or built up off a picture with a towel or tissue, doing so might actually do more harm to the original. The reason for this is because wiping a picture with a cloth or tissue might harm the photo’s fragile emulsion layer if dust particles are present, particularly if they are attached to the surface of the photo.

Use a soft-bristled brush or air blower to get rid of dust from an image. To remove loose dust without disturbing the emulsion layer, use a soft-bristled brush, such as a camel hair brush. Loose dust may be blown away using an air blower, such as a hand-held bulb blower or a compressed air canister, without touching the picture itself.

If the dirt or grime on the picture is too resistant to be cleaned using a brush or air blower, it may be better to have a professional conservator clean the photo in a safe and effective manner. 


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Keep in mind that preventing harm to a priceless photograph is always preferable than attempting to restore one that has already been compromised and please DO NOT use Chemicals or alcohol based products.

A good scanner is handy, but good scanner practices are imperative!

Old photo scanning services

A Scanner provides a controlled environment to process your old photos, there are many options in the market to suit your specific needs, starting from mobile or home versions,  professional flatbed  scanners and up to aereal or drum scanners that provide museum quality results.

Assuming that you own a reasonable quality flatbed scanner you can do this at home following our recommended scanning guidelines including cleaning your scanner, setting up bith and depht, a 600dpi minimum resolution and always scanning in colour (Yes even black and white or sepia photos)

Alternatively you can contact us and send us your photos for a damage assessment or for bulk scanning (We know how to handle them with care) or visit our photo restoration price guide to get an idea of the services we provide 

Some picture scanners are better than others when it comes to digitising your old family snapshots. Better quality scans amplify the results of the restoration because of the increased detail and resolution and colour processing that comes from using a high-quality scanner.

If you want to preserve the quality of the original picture, you’ll can benefit from a scanner with a high enough resolution and specifications.

Effective scanning procedures are a massive part of the result obtained from the digitising operation.

These include but are not limited to:

  • Making sure the picture is completely wrinkle- and fold-free before placing it on the scanner bed.
  • Carefully removing, grease dust and dirt from the scanner glass as it may introduce new flaws into the digitised picture, so keeping it clean is essential.
  • Scanning the image from different angles
  • Use a proper configuration and software
  • Prevent and avoid vibrations on the scanners surface

Scanning is a good way to get your images digitalised and the first step to get your photos into photoshop to make them look they way they used to or even better, hence the importance to get this right since the beginning, (Check on our article tips to scanning photos or visit our blog if you are facing those nasty honeycomb paper textures)

What Causes Scratches in an Old Photograph?

An antique photograph’s surface may develop scratches for a number of different causes over time. These may include the photograph being handled improperly, being stored incorrectly, or being exposed to dust or harder surfaces or elements, even deliberately scratched.

Scratches are also possible to appear on a photograph if the emulsion layer has been scraped or damaged in any way.

It is essential to handle old photographs with care and to preserve them in a location that is both cool and dry to reduce the likelihood that they will get scratched or even cracked.

It is best to avoid exposing the photographs to direct sunlight or temperatures that are very high, since doing so might cause the emulsion layer to get damaged and result in scratches.

Additionally, you should avoid using any materials, such as sticky tape or other substances that can leave a residue on the picture.

Scratched photo of Australian aircraft - three RAAF Beaufort bombers

Do not add Dust!

When scanning a photo in a good resolution (starting at 600dpi) we are enlarging the area of the photo and therefore enlarging any issues therein contained, as these are going to be severely magnified, we o not wat to add an extra layer of problems by adding dust and other particles onto the scanning process, so make sure that your photo and scanner glass are very clean. 

Have in mind that there are recommended methods and products to clean your scanner so do not take this process lightly and abide to the manufacturer recommendations. Also have in mind that friction can damage your photo further so take the proper preventative measures to preserve them.

Best photo restoration results are often consequence of a good preparation of the photos, a clean scanner and resolution of at least 600dpi and 16 bit depth when scanning.

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Air Dusting: A Safe and Effective Way to Remove Dust from Photos

In addition to using a good scanner and following proper scanning practices, clean surfaces are essential to achieving good results. Both the glass on the scanner bed and the photo itself should be cleaned thoroughly before scanning. Any dust or debris on the surface can be captured by the scanner and become part of the digitized image. Preparing the photo before scanning is also important. Any loose debris or dust should be removed from the photo with a soft brush or compressed air. It’s also a good idea to handle the photo by the edges to avoid leaving fingerprints or other marks on the surface

Using Adobe photoshop’s, Dust and Scratches filter.

Retouching photos may be accomplished with the use of Photoshop’s dust and scratches feature, which is a tool. It does this by minimising the visibility of flaws such as minor scratches and dust particles in a picture.

Although it has the potential to be a helpful tool, it is not without both advantages and disadvantages.

The capability of the dust and scratches function to erase minor flaws from a photograph in a fast and uncomplicated manner is one of the most significant benefits of using this feature.

When compared to the alternative of manually removing each individual scratch or speck of dust, it can save a significant amount of time. Additionally, it is a non-destructive tool, meaning that the original image is not altered and the changes can be undone if necessary.

photoshop interface showing, dust and scratches filter over the image of two girls being edited
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Dust and scratches filter limitations

However, utilising the dust and scratches feature does come with a few limitations that you should be aware of. One of the primary problems is that it often causes the edges of a picture to become blurry. This can result in a loss of detail and make the image look less sharp. In addition, using the function excessively can result in the image losing its texture, which can cause it to appear artificial. This issue can arise if the function is applied too heavily.

It’s possible to make too much use of the dust and scratches feature, which is another problem with it. It is possible that the picture may take on a “plastic” appearance if it is applied too thickly or too often, giving the impression that it has been over-edited. It is essential to make use of the instrument in a measured manner and only when absolutely required.

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Photo Restoration

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We preserve your legacy 

Expert photo editor approach

Your family heirlooms are safe with us

When it comes to photo editing, there’s no shortage of options. You could turn to AI or enlist the help of an amateur, but when it comes to truly bringing your photos to life, nothing beats the expertise of a professional photo editor, we know photo restoration is an art.

An expert photo editor has a keen eye for detail and can bring out the best in your images through careful adjustments to color, lighting, and composition. They have the skill and knowledge to turn an ordinary photo into a work of art.

AI and amateurs may be able to make basic corrections, but they lack the creative touch and years of experience that make all the difference in producing stunning, professional-grade results. Trust the experts to bring out the full potential of your photos<br>

Digital photo restoration specialists

We Handle your family history with care

Are you tired of watching your cherished family memories fade away? At our photo restoration service, we understand the value of preserving your family’s legacy.

Old photos are important part of our history, they play a vital role on how we communicate our history to the upcoming generations and they area callings to our memories, family albums are one of our most important belongings, they are the type of things that are irreplaceble but ironically overlooked often,  thing is, even if stored with care old photos keep ageing and deteriorating and eventually fade.

Things get worse when our photo memories have been affected by real physical damage, torn, wet or burnt , by using Photoshop, latest A.I technologies, and our photo restoration artistic skills we can recover, recreate or even recompose a damage photography and make sure your legacy is well preserved.

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Our photo restoration process


First, we analyse the damage to your photo and give you a photo restoration proposal and quote based on your requirements.


Your input is essential, and we take your desires and requirements very seriously. You’ll help us understand the restoration and its purpose before we begin.


By using the latest photo editing software, artificial intelligence and specialised techniques, we bring your memories back to life digitally.


Once your digital restoration is ready, you can add high quality printing and framing to your order to make the perfect gift or heirloom.

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Passion for old photo restoration

Photo restoration is an art – one that we’re passionate about at Yesterdays. We understand that your family’s legacy is irreplaceable and can fade if not treated properly. That’s why we take great pride and care in handling your most precious memories. We love hearing the stories behind each photo and bringing them back to life, repairing the damage that time and the environment have caused. It’s not just our business, it’s our calling. At Yesterdays, we provide professional and personalised solutions for your specific photo restoration needs. 

Our thorough process includes extreme care and attention to detail every step of the way. Trust us to honour your most precious moments

1. Photo damage assessment

First, we need to understand the level and kind of damage your photo has been exposed to, fingerprints, faded colour, scratches, cracks, torn photos and missing pieces can be fixed, sometimes with astonishing results.

We carefully plan the method of restoration; categorise the level of restoration and if needed, we acquire the necessary assets or visual information to restore your photo.

Our photo editing professionals are able to identify and rectify the most challenging scenarios, get in touch with us and receive a personalised assessment of you photos, family album or photo collection.

Damage assessment over an old photo using a magnifier and revealing a honeycomb pattern
Epson-V850 pro flatbed scanner

2. Preserving your past with precision:

How advanced scanning techniques can bring your old photos back to life?

Technology has made scanning old photographs and pictures so much simpler today, you can achieve a really good outcome without the need of powerful equipment.

However, if you want the best outcome of a photo restoration, preserve the original photo in the best condition, advanced equipment, controlled environments, and top-notch scanning techniques are a must.

This means that were can use your old prints, daguerrotypes, slides, negatives or reproductions, work from your own scans or small digits; files and yet deliver a good quality photo restoration.

3. Professional photography editing

Preserve your most treasured memories with our professional photo restoration and editing services. Our team of experts have the skills and tools to bring new life to old and damaged photographs, ensuring that they remain a part of your family legacy for years to come. 

Whether it’s faded colour, scratches, water damage or even missing parts, we can repair and restore your photos with incredible attention to detail and artistic flair. With our personalised and professional approach, we’ll work with you every step of the way to ensure that your restored photos are exactly as you imagined. Trust us to honour your most precious memories

Resolution comparison of an edited portrait

Photo enhancement
& Colourisation

At Yesterdays, we don’t just enhance photos – we bring them to life! Our team of skilled professionals use cutting-edge technology and artistic flair to give your old or damaged photographs a new lease of life. 

We can make them larger, crisper, and more detailed than ever before, add texture that you can almost feel, and bring vibrant colours to black and white images. We understand that every photograph tells a unique story, and we’re passionate about helping you tell it in the most beautiful and memorable way possible. So, whether you want to relive cherished family memories or create stunning works of art from your old photographs, we’ve got you covered

Restore entire photo collections

We love and respect history as it is the way we connect with our individual and collective past

At Yesterdays we do not only restore photos, we preserve memories stories and legacies, we believe that memories are the best present

 A faded picture in your family album does not need belong in a graveyard of memories it deserves a place in your family genealogy,  and the heart of the  generations to come.

Let your legacy prevail.

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Old photo Restoration gallery

Samples of photography restoration

faded photo of cricket players prior restoration Restoration and colourisation of a faded photo with two cricket players
Faded photo of two girls Photo of two girls after restoration

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