Teaching and doing digital history.

Image Assignment and Comments

My image assignment is up. As I mentioned before, since the images for my final project are not old enough to need restoration and since I will not be working with engravings, I have a bit of a mishmash of family photos for my assignment this week. I do have historic photos of Mrs. Lee to use on my final project. I got them from the Glessner House Museum and someone there must have done their own restoration work, because the images are pretty good. My family photographs, on the other hand, needed a lot of work. I figured I’d take a gamble and work on badly aged images that I never would’ve attempted to touch before.

I still have issues remembering to create layers on which to perform my tasks, but by the end of the assignment I was better at reining in my spot healing wanderlust. (Ooh, spot! Fix it. Who cares what layer you are on.)

Additionally, my naming convention and file organization became very important — all things I will think of on the front end of the next photo project, instead of during it.

This week, I commented on Alexa’s restoration of John Horn, Lisa’s Photoshop addiction, Carrie’s assignment, and Laura’s assignment.


  1. I think your restoration is stunning. In terms of the colorizing, I think I was most successful when I took the time to create a few different skin tones, spending a lot of time saturating, desaturating, and so on, to achieve enough randomness for it to feel somewhat lifelike. But it is painfully time consuming. Nice work.

  2. I loved your engraving restoration. I wish I had tried an engraving restoration after seeing how beautiful yours turned out. I think the focus on the woman and children was wonderful. For skin tone, I was pleased with the results in Photoshop but not as they appear online so I think this is still going to be a learning process and some trial and error.

    • Thanks! I don’t know why, but I really like that engraving. I’ll have to do a little research and see what the subject matter is all about. Now that you mention it, the skin tone does look better in Photoshop than it does online! That is what has been bugging me.. so yeah, def a work in progress.

Speak Your Mind