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Words and Design rescues, restores, re-touches and recolours all sorts of precious old photos - faded, cracked, torn, mildewed. Also enhances and prepares photos for books and publications. Will also scan and convert to digital formats: jpg, tif and others.



Client wanted this photo of her father restored and a slight sepia toning added.

photo restoration, retouching, repair, recolouring restore your precious family photos

Client wanted to restore and frame old house plans for hanging in her front foyer. The orginal was an old A3+ photocopy bearing fold marks and the discolouration typical of photocopies of that era. She also wanted some drawings taken out, others rearranged and terra cotta colour added to the roof.

 photos and house plans retouched and restored

The result, BELOW

 old house plans restored



This was a memorial photo of the client's mother and he wanted the grandchild removed so the tribe of other grandchildren would not feel left out. This involved recreating Mum's ear, cheek, jawbone and clothing. The photo was technically challenging in that a small 180dpi digital photo had to be enlarged to A3/ 300dpi. He was delighted with the result

photo restoration, retouching, repair, recolouring restore your precious family photos

Client was not satisfied with a photo of his father reproduced by a local business and wanted colour casts removed, greys changed, and detail restored to shadows and highlights. The client - himself very handy with a camera - was very pleased with the result.

photo restoration, remove colour cast, retouch old photos restore your faded old family photos

The job below was a challenge. The client emailed me a very poor low-resolution file in black and white, in a file format that is NOT intended for photographic images and appeared to have been taken from a newspaper clipping. The highlights were blown out (the dresses of the 2 women in the centre had next to no detail in them and the face of the woman centre-right). Half way through the job the client wanted the photo coloured. I had no idea of original pattern or colour of dresses, earrings or skin so had to create them, and also areas with no details. In addition the client was viewing my emailed progressive edits on a monitor that did not appear to be handling image tonality very well, so everything appeared much darker to her than it actually was. I had to bring the file up from 72 dpi to 300 dpi for printing out and also slightly enlarge it - which can be a recipe for problems. Naturally the printed out photo lacked the vibrancy of the same image she had been viewing on-screen. I'm not sure what she thought of the end result, but she paid promptly.

photo restoration, convert black and white photos to colour recolour your old family photos

A challenging wedding photo taken 40 years ago. It had faded back to yellow and details of the gown and sky had blown out to nothing. I also had no miniature originals to work from.

retouching and recoloring of precious old photos restore your old wedding photo

Old, discoloured and dirty, this photo - over a metre long - of Wellington in 1886
was also in poor repair, bowed and joined in three places.

restored 120 year old photo of Wellington


120 year old photo of Wellington restored locally

detail of restored 120 year old photo of WelllingtonDetail from the lower left of the restored photo also showing a repaired join. The client wanted a sepia toning and was very happy with the finished job.



Sibling photos (A3) taken at different times by different photographers. They were about to be hung together. Client wanted them all to look similar, with removal of fading and colour cast.

This photo had to be converted to portrait
from landscape and sleeve and chair created

Wedding photos (20 x 25 cms) taken 40 years ago and badly yellowed. Clients said the restored photos looked better than the originals

3 large family photos taken in the 1950s, cracked and badly faded.
They needed to be converted to black and white then recoloured from scratch

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A badly torn, mouldy, and dirty photo restored for a happy family

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A very under-exposed photograph taken for a book. In the book the photo appeared as above

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A precious family photo that was very small, with crease marks, stains, and very faded. After editing it was 5x the size and looked as above right

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A large faded wall photo that was blemished and had turned blue. Right, the same image after editing

And many many more ...