Image Editing – Photo Restorations, Retouching & Manipulation

Before Restoration – Montauk Point Lighthouse DrawingUnretouched, original image – architectural drawing for Montauk Point Lighthouse.

Image Editing – Montauk Point Lighthouse drawingMontauk Point Lighthouse drawing after digital restoration.

Print-ready Montauk Point Lighthouse drawing.Montauk Point Lighthouse architectural drawing restored and formatted as a 16×20″ print.

MPR Studio offers a variety of high-end digital photo and image restoration, repair, retouching and manipulation services. Do you have an old damaged family portrait, piece of art or document that is important to you and your family? We have vast experience repairing all kinds of images, including: old family and individual portraits, historical documents, patent and architectural drawings, old sketches and illustrations, and much more. In addition, we have extensive knowledge in formatting artwork for all types of media, from commercial custom displays to frame-ready wall art for the home or office. We have restored and formatted photographs and illustrations of world-renowned archives, including: Time LIFE, The Associated Press, National Geographic, George Eastman House, and The National Archives of the United States, among others.

Vintage photos & artwork digitally-restored and formatted by MPR Studio have sold at many well-known retailers, including: HomeGoods; QVC; PBS (e-commerce website); The History Channel (e-commerce website); Barnes & Noble; National Geographic catalog; and many galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Our professional digital photo & image restoration services are second-to-none and client satisfaction is guaranteed on all jobs. Whether for a museum in search of document restoration services, or someone looking to repair an old family portrait, we have the skills and experience to get your digital restoration, retouching and manipulation projects done with utmost care and quality each and every time. Image Editing Pricing

Image Restoration Photo Gallery

Vintage Polish Catalog Cover

Image Restoration – antique Polish catalog cover
Antique Polish catalog cover, before and after digital restoration. This was a rather tricky job, as I had to re-create the ornate border where it was missing and clean-up many areas of the piece.

Typewriter Patent Drawing

Before & after digital restoration – Antique typewriter patent drawing
Left: badly damaged and discolored original patent drawing for the typewriter. Right: retouched typewriter patent drawing formatted as a 16×20″ print.

Steve McQueen in Sports Car

Image Editing – Actor Steve McQueen in convertible sports car
Actor Steve McQueen sitting in sports car in Los Angeles, California. The original image (left) was overexposed and lacking in contrast. The restored photograph on the right is properly exposed with enhanced contrast. Image Copyright The Associated Press.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gives Speech

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech – original & restored photos
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during speech, original and edited photographs. The original image (left) was faded and had numerous diagonal markings. I added contrast and removed the lines, creating the image seen at right. Image Copyright The Associated Press.

Elvis Presley and Liberace Backstage

Elvis Presley & Liberace backstage at The New Frontier in Las Vegas
Elvis and Liberace backstage at the Frontier in Las Vegas, Nevada. The original photo (left) was slightly discolored and had some unwanted markings and spots. I corrected the color and removed the damage, creating the image at right. Image Copyright The Associated Press.

The Beatles Arrive at JFK

The Beatles arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York
Original and restored photographs of The Beatles arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York. Before restoration (left), the photo was faded and had some dust spots. The restored image (right) has improved colors and contrast, and no spots. Image Copyright The Associated Press.

Abe Lincoln Portrait

Abraham Lincoln portrait taken at Mathew Brady's studio – original and restored images
United States President Abraham Lincoln poses for a portrait at Mathew Brady’s studio. The original photograph (left) was slightly lacking in contrast, had numerous dust specks and writing on the curtain. To create the restored version on the right, I added contrast and used the clone stamp to remove the dust specks, as well as the numbers on the curtain.

1939 World’s Fair in Queens, New York

1939 World's Fair in Queens, New York – Before & after image editing
1939 World’s Fair in Queens, New York. The original photograph (left) was badly damaged with extensive damage throughout. To create the retouched image on the right, I removed all damage in the sky area and significantly darkened the photo. Image Copyright The Associated Press.

Soemmerring’s Copper Pheasant Illustration

Original scan from book of Soemmerring's Copper Pheasant illustration
Original, unretouched Soemmerring’s Copper Pheasant illustration scanned from book.

Soemmerring's Copper Pheasant Illustration after restored & formatted for print
Retouched illustration of Soemmerring’s Copper Pheasant formatted as a 11×14″ print. I had to straighten-out the edges of the illustration and replace the background with a new textured one.

Vintage Baseball Illustration

Vintage baseball portrait – original & edited
Vintage baseball illustration, before and after restoration. I did this job for a client who wanted this illustration of her father repaired. To start, I converted it to black and white. I removed unwanted markings with the clone stamp and got rid of the tape mark behind the player’s name.

Antique Portrait

Vintage portrait before & after digital restoration
Antique portrait, before and after digital restoration. The original image (left) had stains throughout and was slightly faded. To retouch this photo, I removed all the markings on and around the man, then replaced both backgrounds – the one immediately outside the photo and the card background – with new textured ones.

Am I proud! World War II poster

"Am I Proud!.." World War II Poster, before & after digital retouching
“Am I Proud!…” World War II poster before (left) and after (right) digital restoration. For this job, I replaced the entire green background, removed numerous creases and slightly brightened the overall color of the illustration.

Wheat Whiskey Patent Drawing

Wheat Whiskey Patent Drawing before & after digital restoration
Patent drawing for Simon Crow’s Pure White Wheat Whiskey label before and after retouching. The original scan (on left) had extensive damage throughout the circular illustrated part, as well as on the background. I fixed all damage to the illustrated part and replaced the background with a new textured one. The final print was formatted as a 16×16″ print.

Vintage Family Portrait

Vintage portrait, before & after restoration
Vintage portrait from the early 1900s of two guys and an old automobile. The original image (top) was discolored and full of stains and other imperfections. To create the restored image (bottom), I removed all the damage using the clone stamp in Adobe Photoshop, converted the image to black & white, then finally added a sepia-tone. By converting the image to grayscale and then to sepia-tone, I am effectively removing the uneven discoloration and making the color uniform throughout.

Tiddledy winks Board Game Artwork

Tiddledy Winks Boardgame Artwork – Original & Retouched/Formatted
Original (left) and restored (right) versions of Tiddledy Winks boardgame cover artwork from the early 1900s. This piece required a good amount of work – I did extensive clean up to the damaged background (behind the cats); I brightened the colors of the piece; and fixed the most badly-damaged areas of the border. The client wanted the piece to retain its old look, so I left most of the tattered border and gave the illustration a complementary textured background. The final print was formatted as a 16×20″ and printed on matte paper.

Aetna Works Table Cutlery Label

Table Cutlery Patent Drawing  – Original & Restored/Print-Ready
Original (left) and restored labels for Aetna Works Table Cutlery by J.D. Frary from 1874. This is a piece from the extensive collection at The National Archives of the United States. Due to its age, it was badly damaged. My goal with this piece was to make it more commercially-appealing. To achieve this, I did the following: removed the stains and discoloration from the center illustration; got rid of the glue markings that held the colored part to the background; added two textured backgrounds (one immediately behind the colored illustration, the other outside the tooling line; and formatted the piece as a 16×20″ print, ready to insert into a frame without the need for a mat.

Sicily Lemon Sugar Patent Drawing

Patent Drawing for Sicily Lemon Sugar by George Gantz
George F. Gantz & Co’s Sicily Lemon Sugar label before & after digital image editing. This is also from The National Archives of the United States. The area near the glass and lemons on the inside was badly damaged and discolored. I sampled a blue color and texture from near the cross at the top of the illustration and fixed the entire background, giving it a uniform look and feel throughout. I also repaired part of the tooling line by the seal at top left by getting rid of the label and cloning other areas of the line. This illustration also had glue marks from where it was affixed to the paper back in 1870. I removed all of these, and created a complementary textured background to format the piece for printing. It was laid-out as a 16×20″ print and inserted in a frame without the need for a mat.

American Sailboat on the water

Sailboat at Sea, before and after digital retouching
Original two-part scan (at left) and digitally retouched (at right) images of an American sailboat at sea. The original was badly faded and needed to be reconstructed as it was in two pieces. I combined the two scans in Adobe Photoshop, repaired all other damage and color-corrected this piece, creating the vibrant final image at right. It was printed as a 11×14″ photograph on semi-matte paper.

Game of Bicycle Race Board Game Artwork

Game of Bicycle Race, original & restored/print-ready files
Game of Bicycle Race boardgame cover artwork from the New-York Historical Society. This piece was faded and had markings throughout. I removed all the damage, adjusted the color to make it a little more vibrant and added a textured complementary background. The final image was formatted as a 16×20″ and inserted directly into a frame without matting.

Technical Info

To produce the best results for our clients, a high-quality original (either good scan or hard-copy) is ideal. Old photographs/artwork come in all shapes and sizes – so we can help you decide what final image or photo size will yield the best results.

The best procedure in figuring out what size image you need is to contact us and tell us what the original media is. Is it an 8×10” photographic print, a negative or slide, an image captured on a digital camera? If so, what kind and how many megapixels? Once we know the file size information, we can determine a good size for your printed image so as not to lose image quality.

Before any digital restoration work is started, we will collect information about your digital or physical image. What size do you want the final print to be? What kind of borders, if any, would you like: small, medium or large? Perhaps you would like a textured background for your image. Do you want your photo printed as a sepia tone, black and white or in full color? All photo/image restoration jobs come with free custom layout, ensuring that no matter how you display your image, it will look amazing. Do you already have a frame for your photo – if so, what are the dimensions of the glass in it? What are the outer frame dimensions?

We have extensive, hands-on experience dealing with a wide variety of professional image retouching & restoration projects, so just tell us what you want… and that’s exactly what you’ll get.

Scanning Services

Don’t have your image or photo scanned? Simply send us a hard copy of your document, photo or artwork and we’ll scan it for you, then return it in its original shape, along with any prints you may have ordered. We recommend sending your original via USPS registered mail, FedEx or UPS so you can track it along the way.

All scanning services are included for FREE with our digital restoration/retouching services. If you don’t feel comfortable sending the original, you can easily scan it yourself by going to a local FedEx Office or UPS Store. The staff there will be able to help you.

If you plan on scanning an image/photo yourself, please scan as a high-resolution color file even if the original is black and white or sepia-toned. A full-color file yields more options for the digital photo retouching stage. If you are scanning an old document with text, doing so as line-art will give you sharper results (especially with the text), but will be a black & white file. In this case – with an old document – it is best to scan individually both as color photograph and line-art, producing two files. You can save both files as JPEGs at maximum quality (12). We can later copy elements from the grayscale image and paste them onto the the color file, giving you the best possible results.

Scan at 300 pixels per inch (ppi) or dots per inch (dpi) – highest quality setting if ppi or dpi is not visible in the scanning software. If you have questions and would like us to walk you through the process, we’re more than happy to help.