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Last weekend I went to Odyseja Historyczna in Kutno Poland, which is a military re-enactment event. I took quite a few photos, including the one I am editing today. The shot looked perfect to be replicated as one of those 1930-40 hand painted images that you sometimes in documentaries of the Second World War.
In the past I have shared how you can hand paint an image in Adobe Camera Raw but this time I am going to do it in Photoshop.
The starting image is pretty good the only thing I want to do is remove the modern signage on the tarp in the back ground. I did this using the clone and patch tool
The first step in colouring is removing colour, I choose to use the black and white adjustment layer and used my own present that replicates the Daguerreotype tones.
This produced a dark effect so I lightened it with a curves adjustment.
Colouring the image is simple but time consuming. Using the Eyedropper tool, I select colours from the original image (you have to turn off the black and white layer to do this each time). Using the paint bucket tool, I fill a new layer with picked colour and then set the blending mode to color. To paint the colour on the image I use layer masks, I add a hide all layer mask to the layer (Layer – layer mask –hide all) and the paint white with a medium opacity. I repeat this for each colour I pick. When painting you can make broad strokes with large brushes but you also need to zoom in to paint around smaller objects and make it seem real.
I now wanted to age the image a little; I added two textures one for paper and one to replicate the fading of a photograph.
The image I felt needed a little bit of contrast and I also added a vignette to finish off the process.
This image is one of those that I really love to edit. When shooting I had a pre-visualization of what I wanted and it turned out great with not much fuss. The image has a nice faux vintage feel and could possibly be a frame from the Second World War in colour.
The overall edit took about 90 mins
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