Michael Zhang · May 08, 2013
How Photographers Photoshopped Their Pictures Back in 1946 header
Retouching and manipulating photographs is done with fancy photo-editing programs these days, but back in 1946, making adjustments required a lot more than a computer, some software, and some pointing-and-clicking skills. Retouching required a whole box of tools, a very sharp eye, and an extremely steady hand.
Last year, Gene Gable of CreativePro came across a retouching book from 1946, titled, “Shortcuts to Photo Retouching For Commercial Use.” In it, retoucher Raymond Wardell explains the basics of the techniques at the time–think of it as a “Photoshop 101″ book for photographers who came more than half a century before us.
Gable decided to scan a number of the illustrations for our enjoyment.
dobe Photoshop was released in 1989, 24 years ago, and 43 years after the publication of this book.
You can find more scanned illustrations from the book over on CreativePro.