Photograph Restoration

How Much Does Photo Restoration Cost?

Each photo restoration project involves assessing the damage on each image we receive. There is only one artist..and that is me, Neil owner of Restorapic. I work with the customer from beginning to end, from assessment to the final composition.

The process I use goes beyond any technology and software that’s readily available. I am highly skilled in photo restoration and photo editing. Other Photo Restoration services can use multiple artists resulting in the final composition costs add up. I do have vast experience, skill and keen eye to get you the best result.

Photo Restoration

Factors Which Can Affect the Cost of Your Photo Restoration

The detailed service we offer takes a personal and experienced approach to repair your image.  Here’s some factors that can influence the price:

1) The Extent of the Damage

From slightly sun-faded family portraits, to patches of water damage and even images that have almost completely disintegrated. More complex damage does take extra time and expertise, so the price will vary depending on how the image is affected. On more complex photos I do tend to work in short periods over a number of days to avoid the dreaded image blindless.

2) How Much Research is Required?

If an image is badly faded or ripped, sometimes it does take a little research to authentically recreate the missing segment of the photo. Textures, lighting and shadows also play a part in the recreation.

So, How Much Does Photo Restoration Cost?

The answer to this question varies depending on the quality and damage. Prices for our Photo Restoration Service start at the equivalent of €12, while the prices increase as more work is required on the photo. However, I will give you a quote first … so no surprises.

High-end photo restoration doesn’t need to be overly expensive and I will always try to keep photo restoration accessible to all and never cut back on quality in the intricate work I do.


At the end of the day you are the one to decide to purchase or not.




Dementia – Photos Helping Trigger Memories


Pictures taken by a little-known photographer ‘Joseph Hardman’ between the 1930s and 1960s have found a new use helping to trigger memories and reminiscences among people with dementia.

When Joseph died in 1972, his wife donated almost 5,000 glass negatives to the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry in Kendal, Cumbria.

Now the photos are used to help a group of people living with dementia using the photos as a catalyst to reminisce about their own lives in the Lake District.



Read More of the BBC article here


12 Historic Photographs That Were Manipulated


Although photo editing has become more common in recent years, it actually dates back almost as far as the invention of photography.

Amazingly here are some of the more notable instances of photo manipulation in history.

1. Abraham Lincoln’s Head on John Calhoun’s Body, circa 1860

abraham lincoln doctored photoshopped john calhoun body 12 Historic Photographs That Were Manipulated

This portrait of U.S President Abraham Lincoln is actually a composite of Lincoln’s head and the Southern politician John Calhoun’s body.




2. General Ulysses. S. Grant on a Horse in front of Troops, circa 1864

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general ulsses s grant on horst doctored photosopped 12 Historic Photographs That Were Manipulated

Researchers at the Library of Congress uncovered this gem after extensive detective work. The image appears to show General Ulsses S. Grant in front of his troops at City Point, Virginia during the American Civil War. Investigation now shows the image to be made of three separate prints: (1) the head is taken from a portrait of Grant; (2) the horse and body are those of Major General Alexander M. Cook; and (3) the background is of Confederate prisoners captured at the battle of Fisher’s Hill, Virginia.


3. General Francis P. Blair Added to Photograph of General Sherman Posing with his Generals, circa 1865

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general francis p blair added to general sherman photograph 1 12 Historic Photographs That Were Manipulated

In this famous photograph taken by Matthew Brady, General Sherman is seen posing with his generals. General Francis P. Blair (standing far right) was added to the photograph as he was not in attendance for that specific shot. His image was taken from the second photograph shown, which was taken during the same sitting.


4. Stalin Airbrushes Out His Enemies, circa 1930

stalin photoshop doctored airbrushed out enemy 12 Historic Photographs That Were Manipulated

Stalin was notorious for routinely airbrushing his enemies out of photographs. As people fell out of favor with Stalin, so to did their photographic identity. In this image we see a commissar removed after falling out of Stalin’s good graces.


5. Mao Tse-tung Removes Po Ku, 1936

mao tse tung removes po ku from photo 12 Historic Photographs That Were Manipulated

Mao Tse-tung, (Just like Joseph Stalin) was known for removing people after they fell out of favor. In this image we see Po Ku removed for just that.


6. Hitler Removes Joseph Goebbels, 1937

hitler doctored photoshop airbrushes removes joseph goebbles 1937 12 Historic Photographs That Were Manipulated

Not to be outdone by Stalin and Mao, Hitler also liked to tamper. In this doctored photograph we see Joseph Goebbels removed, though it is unclear why Goebbels fell out of favor with Hitler.


7. Canadian PM William Lyon Mackenzie King Removes King George VI, 1939

canadian prime minister removes king george vi from photo with queen for political poster 1939 12 Historic Photographs That Were Manipulated

Prime Minster of Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie King, removed King George VI from the original photograph with the PM alongside Queen Elizabeth. The photograph was used on an election poster for the Prime Minister, so the theory is that an image of just Mackenzie with the Queen put him in a more powerful light.


8. Benito Mussolini Removes Horse Handler, 1942

benito mussolini removes horse handler 1942 12 Historic Photographs That Were Manipulated

Benito Mussolini had the horse handler removed from the original photograph to make himself look more epic and heroic in this iconic capture.


9. Watch Removed from WWII Russian Flag Raising Photograph, 1945


raising russian flag wwii watch removed photoshop doctored 12 Historic Photographs That Were Manipulated

The editor-in-chief of Russian Magazine Ogoniok, removed a soldier’s watch as they raised the soviet flag atop the German Reichstag building during WWII. The reason? If you look closely, the soldier has a watch on his other hand as well. This suggests that ‘looting’ may have occurred before this photo was taken.

10. US Olympic Hockey Team Adds Missing Players, 1960

1960 us hockey team wins gold medal photoshop doctored faces cleary mayasich 12 Historic Photographs That Were Manipulated

In this rather obvious tampering, the faces of Bill Cleary (front row, third from left), Bob Cleary (middle row, far left), and John Mayasich (top row far left), are superimposed onto the bodies of Bob Dupuis, Larry Alm and Herb Brooks. It’s unclear why those players were selected as ‘replacements’. The US Olympic Hockey team defeated the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia to win its first Olympic Gold Medal in Hockey.

11. Russian Cosmonaut Grigoriy Nelyubov Removed, 1961

1961 russian cosmonaut removed 12 Historic Photographs That Were Manipulated

On April 12th, 1961, a Russian team of cosmonauts led by Yuri Gagarin were the first humans to complete an orbit of Earth. One of the cosmonauts, Grigoriy Nelyubov, was removed from a photo of the team taken after their journey. Nelyubov had been expelled from the program for misbehavior.


12. Kent State Massacre Fencepost Removal, 1970

kent state massacre fencepost removal photoshop doctored 12 Historic Photographs That Were Manipulated

In this Pulitzer Prize winning photograph by John Filo, we see Mary Ann Vecchio screaming as she kneels over the body of student Jeffrey Miller at Kent State University. The Kent State Shootings occurred when National Guardsmen had fired into a crowd of demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine. The photo originally featured a visually distracting fencepost behind Mary Ann Vecchio’s head, but this was removed by an unknown photo editor in the early 1970’s. The modified photo then was published in Life magazine and other publications.

Photo Restoration – ABC13 News Article – Houston, Texas

Were your family photographs were damaged by water or mold?

Pictures that were once lost forever can now be saved by a Photo Restoration Service.

If your precious family photographs were damaged in a storm, there are affordable options to get them back to their original condition.

Several classes of photographs are highly susceptible to water damage and the recovery rate will be very low. Avoid touching the surface of photographic prints and negatives.

Most prints, negatives, and slides may successfully be individually air dried face up. Change blotting material beneath the photographs as it becomes soaked.

by Patricia Lopez  

KTRK-TV – Houston Texas

The full article and video about various Photo Restoration Services can be found hereand it does put me up there along side Walgreen’s and CVS’ photo restoration services.