Some Frequently Asked Questions
At PhotoFixRestore we strive for the highest quality photo restorations, colorizations, and repairs. We take pleasure in restoring your old photographs to their original glory!
How much does it cost to restore a photo?
At PhotoFixRestore we can digitally restore most photos for $39. To colorize a photo from black and white to color the charge is just an extra $19.50 Our museum-quality prints are made in our Southern California location, starting from $7.50 for a 4x6. And if you have any revisions or requests we will satisfy them free of charge!
For a precise estimate, email us your photograph at email@example.com or upload it through our website and we will tell you what we can do with our expert photo restoration techniques!
Can Water damaged photos be repaired or restored?
Most professionally produced photographs, slides, and negatives can become soaked in water and still survive with enough detail that they can be repaired. They may be “tide” marks and water residue, but if the only issue is exposure to water, then the prognosis is often good. We have fixed many water damaged photos to appear as if they had never been submerged in the first place.
What about sun faded photos?
This is quite a common problem for old photos that have been exposed to sunlight. The cyan and blue tones are more sensitive, often leaving a predominately red or magenta hue. These photos can be retouched and restored to their original glory.
Does Walgreens do photo restoration?
Yes Walgreens as well as a number or other retailers such Costco offer volume photo repair services. While they might be effective for marginal improvements, for the highest quality it is recommended to work with an expert.
At PhotoFixRestore we offer a high quality guarantee. We have been honing our photo restoration techniques for over 15 years, and we pride ourselves on delivering state-of-the-art photographs!
Can a black and white photo be colorized?
Black and white photos can be beautiful reminders of our heritage and family history. The magic in colorizing an old photo lies in seeing these people from the past transformed into modern day color. For more about how photo colorization works and what excites us most about adding color to an old photo, check out our blog.
Will photo restoration affect the original photo?
No, we never physically alter the original photo. What we do to restore is either scan it at our Orange County location or work on a digital copy, and then produce a new fully restored photograph.
Can you add or remove people from a photo?
Yes we can! Removing and adding people from a photo is a fairly common request we have fulfilled for our clients over the years. To read about what our clients have said about our work, see our Reviews and Testimonials page!
If I am going to scan - what settings should I use?
We recommend always scanning your photo larger than you may presently need. For slides and negatives, at least 2400dpi. For small photographs (< 4" x 6") use at least 720 dpi; for 6" x 4" or 5" x 7" use at least 600 dpi; for images larger than 5" x 7" use at least 400 dpi. Higher is always better and always scan in color and with the "photo" setting.
For more detailed advice on scanning see our scanning page.
Any suggestions for packaging for mailing or courier?
Place your photo between two sheets of stout cardboard, allowing some overlap of the cardboard. Tape the edges - being careful not to tape the photograph.
Place the cardboard/photo sandwich in a dedicated photo/document mailer - like the kind US Post or Scotch sells. We have not had any issues with US Post or the major private couriers but responsibility for loss rests with you.
You should only choose the method of delivery security that makes the most sense to you and where possible create a digital backup before sending.