Photo Colourisation

Add colour to your precious black & white photos

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Photo Colourisation

Scan and upload your old black and white photo online here and using some details you provide our artists will add colour to your photo to make it look as lifelike as possible.  Alternatively, take your photo into any of our photo shops throughout the UK where our colleagues will scan your photo and return it to you immediately.  In approximately 8 days you will receive a print and a CD with your colour photo!


How do you know what colours the black and white photo should be?

Our experienced artists will use their best judgement and have libraries of colours that were in fashion over the decades. We can also tell where deeper, richer tones are as these appear as much darker, denser areas on the photo. When you visit Max Spielmann our colleagues will also ask you if you want certain colours included - the more specific you are the better - for example, “light blue eyes” rather than just “blue eyes”.

What do you do with the original photo?
We will scan your photo and return it to you immediately.

How long does it take?
Our artists work their magic and within approximately 8 days you will be able to collect a colour print. You will also receive your colour print on a CD for safe long-term storage, and you can use this to order more photos, enlargements, posters and photo gifts.

Can I order online?
Yes, if you have a scanner at home you can order online here.  Please add some information about which colours you would like reproduced in your photo.  We will email you a link with a proof of your colourisation for you to approve before we actually print it.

What file formats do you accept online?
We only accept JPGs. If your file size is over 20Mb we recommend resizing it to a smaller file size.

If I'm ordering online do I need special settings on my scanner to send the photo?
No, but it is best to make sure that you are scanning with a resolution of at least 300dpi (dots per inch) and it is also best to scan everything in colour, even black and white photographs. This can pick up deeper, subtle tones so that we can produce the most realistic results. It is also more obvious where coloured stains are on black and white photographs!

My photo is damaged - can you also restore it?
Yes, we offer photo restoration and can restore a lot of marks and damage, however, this will be quoted in addition to the cost of colourisation.

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