I’ve mentioned several times in posts that I do a lot of photo editing and manipulating with Photoshop. I especially enjoy restoring damaged photos and colorizing black and white shots. But mostly I just tweak my current photos, ‘cuz Lord knows they need it! 😉
Last week I viewed the following photo of an ancient marble bust of the Roman Emperor Caligula on some web site. Frankly, I don’t recall what the site was or even why I had logged on to it.
I don’t like marble statues. They’re so cold and lifeless, and the eyes whether empty sockets or with sculpted marble pupils give me the creeps. As I looked at the photo I began to wonder if the bust would look less creepy and more human if some color was added – and decided to download the photo and play with it in Photoshop.
The following I did in only 20 minutes. It would take several hours to do a good job. I certainly would have taken more pains adding pupils, rather than just plopping in dark almost circular blobs and slightly tinting. And adding some texture to his hair would be a major improvement. Removing or muting the shadow under the chin would have required substantial effort. But, as I noted above, marble sculptures give me the creeps. To finish up, just for fun. I gave him a green T-shirt. 😕
I wasn’t so wild about the dark purple background, so I quickly lightened it and tinted it blue.
Restoring damaged photos is lots more fun – and more time consuming. A few years ago I found this old photo taken of my parents with my oldest brother in the summer of 1925. It was in terrible shape. Restoration took lots more than 20 minutes!
I removed the sepia tone, then worked on all the scratches and missing portions, ending up like so.
Finally, I added back the sepia tone.
One of the most fun things I’ve ever done with Photoshop, which I won’t show here because it’s of family, was replacing a head. In a photo taken of my nephew’s wife with her son and his bride at their wedding the camera caught her with a very unflattering expression. She asked me if I could replace her ugly mug in that photo with one from another photo taken at the wedding in which she had a very pleasant smile. That was fairly easy to do, and you would never guess the photo had been tampered with.