Making Good Use of Time on My Hands ...

Friday I had a minor surgical procedure (thanks, I'm feeling fine!) so am staying close to home and rummaging through items I haven't had time to look at for a while. I came across a book I'd purchased in the mid-90's on how to hand color photos. There was a time I must have thought this was a good idea, but what advice it offered, I felt I could now apply in Photoshop. While we've all achieved this look starting with a colored photo and toning it with a black and white layer, I hadn't considered tinting a photo with no color i.d.

Having learned a technique in a webinar to change the color of the person's eyes, I considered expanding on that (keeping the photo somewhat simple) and I was quite happy with the result! Years ago I was obsessed with buying old photo albums on eBay, so I spent yesterday scanning 3 of them, and I've now got lots of subject matter to play with!

A non-artist friend asked me, "So what are you going to do with them"? ... who knows? Who cares? We never know where the exercises may lead us!
Absolutely fab.
posted September 4th, 2017  
@joansmor Why Thank You, Joan! Enjoy your holiday, too!
posted September 4th, 2017  
This is hilarious - everybody's version of Great Aunt Agatha! I'm wondering what I would look like with black hair and brown eyes! Must investigate!
posted September 4th, 2017  
This is fabulous! Another string to your bow! I love the final effect! What a treasure trove you must have with your collections over the years. Who knows what you will do next! Fav!
posted September 4th, 2017  
Well! If it isn't Moll Flanders in her Virginia days, with her daughter! Fav for your artistic mind, dear @Weezilou
posted September 4th, 2017  
Another wonderful project to explore. So creative! Learning new things is fun and exercises the brain. :)
posted September 4th, 2017  
Great work! Glad you're feeling well! I spent an hour or so this morning printing out maps and getting a sense of the land. I'm starting to get really excited for our trip.
posted September 4th, 2017  
@kwind A shame you'll be arriving after our house guests have left...Since we've left, I think they've explored every nook and cranny back & forth across the peninsula! They'd make great tour guides by now! (Thanks for your note and kind words!)
posted September 4th, 2017  
@gardenfolk My brain seems to be the only organ successfully fighting the aging process at present! It's the only part of me that *really* loves exercises as well!

@louannwarren Yesteryear's "mother's" (I'm assuming) weren't the gorgeous moms of today with their overt adoration of the children! I found several examples that really gave me pause...and this was about the most endearing!

@pamknowler I'd love to find some old letters to scan, and I'm always on the lookout for more old photos! Currently, it's the handwritten messages that I would most like to incorporate into collages... Need to start scouting antique shops, but that's one thing Ken really is reticent to do with me!

@maggiemae I hadn't thought of the possibility of altering my own colouration as you did...wouldn't THAT be fun!
posted September 4th, 2017  
Beautiful done. You did a great nice job. Wish I could find time and patient to do this. Fav. I`m still making jewellery.
posted September 4th, 2017  
Couldn't do this, good job Louise!
posted September 4th, 2017  
What a fantastic effort Louise really like the results of your processing skills, looks just like a hand tinted film print, I had a go sometime ago but was not happy with the end result, yours has inspired me to have another go:)
posted September 4th, 2017  
Wow a fabulous outcome fav
posted September 5th, 2017  
This is a really interesting project.
posted September 5th, 2017  
Great job. You can just come here and scan all my photos! 😊
posted September 5th, 2017  
fantastic effect. I like the vintage look of the colors. I have played a little with coloring some old family photos. It is fun but very time consuming
posted September 5th, 2017  
very neat effect! well done! glad to hear you're ok : )
posted September 5th, 2017  
Fantastic outcome. Such a clever lady.
posted September 5th, 2017  
Love the tinting on this Louise! It came out beautifully!
posted September 5th, 2017  
Good to see you being constructively occupied.
posted September 5th, 2017  
You did a great job with these. Well done.
posted September 5th, 2017  
Awesome shots
posted September 5th, 2017  
love what youve done with this Louise
posted September 5th, 2017  
What a great job, Louise.
posted September 5th, 2017  
super job!
posted September 5th, 2017  
Thanks Louise for you so nice wish and great comments. I believe the red (any red) color made the pic. I`m glad you (and many others) like them.
posted September 5th, 2017  
Beautiful ...
posted September 6th, 2017  
Great processing Louise! You've done this so subtly it looks like a natural b&w. Most interesting reading that you used PS for the tinting process. Clearly, I need to learn more about using that program!
posted September 6th, 2017  
You are clearly enjoying yourself, lovely results!
posted September 6th, 2017  
Fav. Great idea and photoshopped creative work. Must try. I did a few with family pictures in a different way.
posted September 7th, 2017  
A wonderful comparison here and fab processing too. I hope you heal quickly Louise. :)
posted September 7th, 2017  
Wow! What a great photo
posted September 8th, 2017  
Get well soon from the surgery!
posted September 8th, 2017  
your talent and creativity know no bound. i have some photos that had been hand coloured and this certainly looks more natural than mine (need to find them to show you). i have a few "old photos" from the same owner as the hat box, in old frames. must remember to put them all together. i hope to indulge myself in something like this when i retire...soon!
posted September 11th, 2017  
well done Louise!
posted September 17th, 2017  
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