Photo Editing Before Photoshop


It’s hard to imagine a world without photoshop, let alone all the apps and filters that allow you to transform a blah photo into wow! But it wasn’t always so easy as these images from a 1946 book on photo retouching illustrate. The tools in those days included paintbrushes, different shades of gray paint, white paint and black ink to get a “rich black” and a nice pair of scissors for cropping. The photo above is after editing and below is before–all carefully painted to remove all the debris.)

Here’s more clever and tedious editing.






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