Restoring old photos with PrintWild

Written By On 23 September 2021

There is something so unique and special about old photos. Not the ‘old’ photos from 10 years ago, but the really OLD photos that give us a glimpse into life before we were born. A time when our parents or grandparents were living their lives in a time before snap chat, social media and cellphones!

Every family has a box of them. Maybe even some photo albums that have been passed down through generations. So often they remain hidden in a drawer, only brought out every few years but when we see them, they bring us joy.

Our challenge to you this Heritage Month, is to dig up those old, forgotten photos and go through them. Really go through them and then choose your favourite ones. The next step of the challenge is where we come in.

Did you know that we have a real passion for bring old photos back to life? We work meticulously and carefully to restore the images with corrective colour and specialist editing which always keeps the integrity of the image, but makes it printable and able to be displayed with pride in modern homes.

There are 3  ways of getting the images to us.

  1. Send us your old negatives, slides or photographs. We will scan them for a small scanning and touch-up fee of R92 per scan
  2. Take a photo of the old photo with your phone.
  3. Use a photo scanning app to scan the photo yourself

Top tips for taking pics of old photos to print

  • Make sure there are no harsh shadows across your photograph
  • There should be good, bright light but it is vital that there is no direct sunlight
  • Do not use a flash as this will reflect on your photo
  • Make sure you shoot using your highest resolution (switch live view off)

Once we have the images that you would like to have restored, our expert team of editors and printers will prep the images with professional touch-ups and make sure that they will print perfectly for the product you have chosen.

When choosing which product to print the images as, we have some suggestions, however any of our PrintWild products can be used.

Our top 3 product choices for printing old photographs are:

  1. Classic Photo Frame
  2. Framed Canvas Print
  3. Contemporary Photo Frame

Whichever product you opt for, your old photos will be in safe hands and you are guaranteed to love the finished product!

Google Reviews

Eleanor Hattingh
Eleanor Hattingh
2023-02-17
Fast, friendly and professional service. From placing the order online to reciving the order, which only took 5 days, I was updated regularly on my order throughout the process. The canvas prints and faceblocks are excellent quality. I highly recommend PrintWild, if your a professional photographer or just want to print some family pics. They are the best! Keep up the great work!
Charlie W
Charlie W
2022-08-30
My PrintWild prints are perfect. PERFECT! They offer products and service of exceptional quality. Colour me super impressed!
Judy MacGregor
Judy MacGregor
2022-07-04
Thank you Printwild for helping me keep and display my memories. Printwild have such a user friendly website and the ordering process was so easy, simply upload your images.I was kept in the loop throughout the entire ordering process so knew when my photos were edited, being printed and ready. The customer service is amazing and the staff are super helpful. All my photos were sent for met to proof before they were printed and i was able to keep some text on one of my images as well. The courier was quick and i was given tracking details to follow my order. The photos arrived and WOW! The magnatots look like glass tiles and the quality of print on both the magnets and photoblocks is crystal clear. i was able to unpack and hang my photoblocks, which i'm now addicted to, straight away. Such wonderful ways of displaying lots of photos in a small space. i love it! Can't wait to put in my next order
Cheney King
Cheney King
2022-05-16
My Magna Tots are absolutely STUNNING! Will definetely be ordering some more! Highly recommend!!!!
Stu Moffat
Stu Moffat
2022-02-18
Absolutely beautiful high quality prints, couldn't be happier a long with exceptional service from start to finish.
Michele Leite
Michele Leite
2022-02-08
Oh my gossshhhhhh!!! Incredible quality, service and delivery. Printwild rocks! I will be back for more!
Derek Evens
Derek Evens
2022-01-15
Have done there prints on various occasions and found PrintWild excellent, efficient and professional.
Barry Bowditch
Barry Bowditch
2022-01-14
As a pro photographer having shot around 500 weddings, it’s extremely important that our brides are happy with their Canvas photos. Every bride as well as other clients have praised the quality of all the products supplied by Printwild 💕 Besides the great products and excellent services, the staff from the top and across all the spectrums, are an absolute delight to deal with and make one feel special. Having dealt with Printwild for over a decade I highly recommend them.