Photo Restoration

Resolution comparison of an edited portrait


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.

Elderly woman holding a vintage album before being digitalised

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.

Antique folding camera with bellows and a handheld trigger,

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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Photo Restoration Tips – Scanning

old photo faded, blurry images and colour information lost and hardly recognisable faces


graphic vintage item

The first step in digital photo restoration is digitising your photos.

 There are a lot of reasons why you should scan all of your old photographs and transparencies, but the main one is that it’s the only method to restore them in a high quality format that will look great when exhibited or printed. 

You have control over the exposure and appearance of the image when you scan it yourself. You can alter the resolution, crop off unwanted sections (or leave them in), change the colours and brightness, and make any other adjustments that make sense for the particular image.

It is important to understand the difference between resolution and pixel dimensions. Resolution refers to the number of pixels in an image, whereas pixel dimensions refers to the physical size of those pixels. For example, a 300dpi image scanned at 8×10 inches will have more pixels than a 100dpi image scanned at 4×5 inches. The higher the resolution, the more detail can be captured from your old prints or slides.

The higher resolution you are able to scan with when restoring your photo negatives and transparencies, the better results you will get when editing them digitally (in Photoshop or another image editor). however there is a limit on how much information a printed photo, slide or negative can provide.

The digital tools available today allow us to make incredible changes in our images without having much concern about loss of detail due to low resolution scanning. However if you want exceptional quality results then invest in high resolution scans, at Yesterdays Photo we can help!


graphic vintage item

Scanning a photo is something plenty of people are familiar with these days, and truth is for general photo restoration purposes most of the flatbed scanners you can find commercially can do an acceptable job. 

Indeed technology can make a difference when scanning a photo or a negative, but as long as you use best practices and some common sense, your home scanner can become a powerful tool to convert your photos to a digital format without spending thousands of dollars. 

We have indetified and listed a few tips that will help you getting the most out of this process and the best value out of your home scanner.




This has plenty of common sense, but you will be surprised how often something this simple is overlooked, 

It is important to understand that when scanning a photo in high resolution, we will magnifying artifacts, fingerprints and particles laying on your scanner glass, therefore maintaining your scanner clean, can make a difference and contribute positively on the final quality of your digital capture and can minimise future dust and scratches on originals.

Preparation is a critical step to achieve a good outcome, so it is always good practice to clean these areas with the manufacturer ‘s recommended tools, chemicals and methods before digitally-capturing any image. (alcohol-based products are not recommended)

The objective of this is to minimise the amount foreign elements to facilitate the photo editing, remember that best results come from a good preparation, common practices are:

  • Remove dust and dirt from your scanner. To do this, use a compressed air duster or soft brush to remove dust from the scanner bed, remember that some particles can be hard and scratch the photo or the glass further.

  • Avoid touching the glass plate of your scanner with fingers, as it may leave oil marks on the glass surface.

Magnifier over fingerprint on scanner glass


Ensure that your original is as clean and dust-free as possible before beginning any preparation process of an original. 

Cleaning a photo is risky and can impact negatively, so being meticulous and exceedingly cautious with a family heirloom or historical photograph is not only crucial but logical.

If you want to do it well first process an initial scan this will be kind of you insurance, then use a soft brush or cotton swab dipped in distilled water, but be aware that overusing this method could damage your picture. so Instead of targeting vital areas, test the preparation on a non-vital location such as a corner, and measure the result before continuing

Have in mind Some old photos are likely to be colourised manually and water and friction will remove the pigments or contaminate nearby areas, so the work here is surgical.

We strongly advocate hiring a professional to complete this task; nevertheless, if you insist on doing it yourself, be aware that you do it at your own risk.

hand with gloves holding a swap to prepare photo for scanning


The more information we obtain from the original photo the better for the restoration or photo enhancement process;  even if you do not see it directly there is plenty of information in a faded or decouloured photo that can help you, so set up your scanner for the highest-resolution possible regardless if the file size appears to be too large.  

It is important to understand the purpose of the photo and the final destination where is going to be used,  based on this you can decide before engaging works the level of restoration required. 

Print and web drastically differ in resolution requirements, being web specially much more easy to handle, at Yesterdays we can provide you with guidance and professional scanning services with a resolution up to 12800 dpi, large format and negative film scanning.

Resolution comparison of an edited portrait


Even when digitalising a photo that its originally in black and white, set your scanner to capture the image in colour, this is particulary useful when editing photos that have been stained or have some colour casting due to the pass of time, UV rays or deterioration of the paper or stock they where printed on.

Photoshop is extremely powerful and can give you control of the different colour channels within a photo, this means that even the slightest colour variations or casts can be manipulated and rectified, by obtaining colour information from the source you will have much more control and fidelity, and can save you or our specialists a ton of time. 


Scan your photos in colour even If they are in grayscale, a can full of coloured pencils suggests this


The closer you scan your image to a 90-degree angle the better, this will help technically and will ease the restoration workflow for you or our restoration specialists, 

Although straightening images is an easy process in photoshop, there are further benefits by scanning your photos in a 90-degree angle and it is the control of the reflection of light within the texture of the paper or stock the photo has been developed on.  

Make sure the original is flat. If you’re scanning a book, make sure it’s lying flat. If you’re scanning a letter or photograph, hold it up to a light and look for any problems with warped edges.

Don’t let your originals wrinkle or get torn during processing; if possible, avoid running them through an automatic document feeder (ADF) so that there is no risk of physical damage. 


Scan your old photos as straight as possible


Your scanner, the software you use, and the resolution all have an impact on how well your scanned image turns out. The original is the most crucial component. Don’t expect an image that has been scanned to look nice if it is too dark, fuzzy, missing features, or scratched up. The scanner and software can only do so much to correct for such substandard photographs.

Automatic adjustments may produce aberrations and anomalies that aren’t visible when viewing the original. This specifically occurs when scanning colour images captured with budget or film cameras lacking automated exposure control tools.

For a professional scanning service do not hesitate to contact us, we are alway happy to help!

magnifier focusing on yellow surface


There are some things you can do to enhance the quality of your scans, despite the fact that scanning negatives and transparencies might be more challenging:

As was previously mentioned, planning is essential. Prepare the areas in a dust-free environment by using a sensitive microfiber towel or air duster to gently clean both sides of the scanner glass.

Make sure your slides or negatives don’t have any moisture on them.

Before putting them on the scanner area, wipe off any remaining moisture with a fresh, clean cloth. Some scanners will provide you transparency guides to place these and keep them stable.

Bunch of 35mm photo slides


High-End Drum scanning is an expensive and time-consuming process that we only advise when the value of the photograph is sufficient, (not necessarily commercial value). A drum scanner is an exceptionally high resolution device that has a rotating drum in its interior and functions to obtain detailed and sharp reproduction of transparencies and photographs.

So if you are serious about digitising your photograph or transparencies this is one of the preferred options of many photographers and conservationists around the world.

High end drum scannner


A professional tip is to scan your photo 4 times, by rotating the photography to 90, 180, 270, and 360 degreee and scanning it using the same scanner setup, you will achieve an extra set of detail, this is particulary helpful to remove or minimise the textures inherited from the original paper or stock as it reduces considerably the glare caused by the reflection of the scanner light when bouncing on the paper texture.

Once scanned you can use photoshop to align the layers and get the most of the photo using different blending modes to add up or subtract pixels and color information.

Note: be aware that when dealing with some type of textures a different technique of post-processing named FFT (Fast-fourier transform) can help you achieving amazing results in record time.


Old photo with a repetitive texture pattern, usually called honeycomb due to its hexagonal-shaped appearance, comparison with a restored photo where this texture has been suppressed