As you know, last year MyHeritage transformed genealogy with their game-changing photo colorisation and photo enhancement features. There’s no doubt that people all over the world have been making use of these incredible features. In fact over 30 million photos have been colourised to date.

Now, MyHeritage have just announced the release of yet another revolutionary photo feature: color restoration, which beautifully restores the colours in faded color photos. Unlike colorisation, which simulates colors of black and white photos, the new “color restoration” feature is ideal for restoring scanned photos from the 1950s to the 1990s that were originally taken in colour, but have faded over the years. This gives you the chance to revive your favorite moments from the days before digital photography.

With colour restoration, you get the authentic colors revived in seconds, and no colours are guessed in the process. As a bonus, “color restoration” also sharpens photos and improves their level of detail. When “Color Restoration” is applied, the original photo is left intact and a separate copy is created with the restored colours.

Over time, old color photos tend to fade. Bright and vibrant hues from decades past turn different shades. UV light can affect the chemical makeup of printed photos, causing them to turn sickly yellow and lose their colors. With color restoration on MyHeritage, even the most worn out color photos can come back to life, with exceptional results.

Color restoration is a powerful new addition to MyHeritage In Color, their photo feature for colorising black and white photos. The colour restoration technology was licensed exclusively by MyHeritage from DeOldify deep learning experts Jason Antic and Dana Kelley, who also developed the world’s #1 colorization algorithms, that were licensed and integrated into MyHeritage. Colorisation and color restoration technologies work differently but both make clever use of artificial intelligence.

“We’re thrilled that our cutting-edge color restoration model will be enjoyed by the community as part of MyHeritage In Color™”, said Jason Antic and Dana Kelley, founders of DeOldify. “So much effort has gone into creating this software, and we can think of no better partner for bringing it to the market than MyHeritage, a company that is defined by innovation and whose mission is to make family history more accessible to people all over the world.”

When you upload your photo, MyHeritage first applies technology to quickly determine automatically if the photo is black and white (or sepia) or was originally taken in colour. If the photo was originally taken in black and white, then you will have the option to colorise it, and if it was originally taken in colour, you can choose to restore its colours.  Then you can choose to enhance either of them if the photo needs it.

MyHeritage users can use MyHeritage In Color  to restore the colours in up 10 photos for free, after that you will need to be a MyHeritage subscriber to do more.

So what are you waiting for? Try the new photo restoration feature now.