Pictures are the best way to capture an important moment, as well as to leave a lasting memory of a time that is bound to change and finally disappear at some point. The problem is that these images lose their color, get broken or simply fade over time. That’s why many people go to Reddit and ask for help from other users to recover their most sacred memories. Other Redditors then come back with colorized pics and they all look amazing.

At Enlighten, we love to discover hidden gems on social media and, even better, to share them with you. That’s why we decided to select some of the best-retouched pictures that ended up being true works of art. Take a look at the requests of these users and at the results. It’s amazing how skilled some people can be and how social media is being used for such a noble cause.

“My grandparents celebrate their 60 year anniversary next month and I would love to gift them a colorized version of this photo.”

larrythaG / RedditNisayon_ / RedditNisayon_ / Imgur

“I colored a photo of my late grandmother when she was young as a gift for my grandpa”

Excellent_Squash / RedditThis picture of grandma deserved to be colorized for sure!

TimeLoad / Reddit

“Elderly neighbor lady’s long-deceased mom, circa 1930. A surprise restoration (removing the cracks) would bring a needed smile for her.”

xaplexus / Redditomkar004 / Redditomkar004 / Imgbb

“We came across this old photo of my grandmother and her first husband.”

S**i_squidward / Reddittaxisto1 / Reddittaxisto1 / Imgur

“We don’t really care about him but this is probably the best photo I’ve ever seen of her. If anyone can colorize and remove him that would be amazing!”

“Hi, I wanted to cheer up my grandma by colorizing this pic.”

ANONHANDSOME / Redditomkar004 / Redditomkar004 / Imgbb“Hoping to surprise my dad on his birthday!”

_emptyjellyfish / RedditMarkp9099 / RedditMarkp9099 / Google Drive

“Hi! Looking to see if anyone could please possibly help restore/colorize this photo of my grandmother? Gave it a try myself at one point, but to no avail… Hoping to surprise my dad on his birthday! Thank you. ”

“The only photo we have of my mom as a child in Lefkada, Greece”

itischosen / RedditPurplelightning538 / RedditPurplelightning538 / DropBox

“This is the only picture left of my grandparents and I wanted to frame it as a memory.”