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    1950's photoshop

    I wonder how images like these were made back then before magazine photoshops their images. This looks like something between an actual photograph and illustration, if it is new I'd just think they are obviously photoshopped or painted on to remove blemishes.

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    It's an illustration bud, plus what you call Photoshop techniques are actually based off real media trickery done in red rooms and studios with real photographs. Sure now everything is automated with one click but it was a whole different thing when you had to do it to tangible pictures.

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    Yeah, it's a bit of both... don't if I'm totally right but that looks like a tinted black and white photograph and the lighting would have been set up to flatter the skin-tones.

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    "Doctors prove Palmolives beauty results!"

    Lol really? How? Oh, I see now, they conducted 1285 'scientific tests'

    I love old advertising.

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    1. That looks earlier to me, more '40s than '50s, but I could be wrong.
    2. Yes, it is a photo. It may be a tinted B&W, but color photography from the period often has the same look.
    3. Tinted B&W or not, it has been retouched. Pre-digital retouching was a combination of darkroom manipulation and airbrush, paint, dyes, bleach, etc. Like retouching today, it ranged from clumsy and obvious to masterfully invisible. Digital retouching started in the '80s with dedicated workstation computers like the Quantel Paintbox.


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    She looks like she kinda has the crazy eye...

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    Are there any photographers that use those old school techniques today?

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    Google lead me to this website with a lot of vintage ads like that. That website says it's from 1951.

    Wiki has some basic information that touches on how it was done. Some interesting history there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    3. Tinted B&W or not, it has been retouched. Pre-digital retouching was a combination of darkroom manipulation and airbrush, paint, dyes, bleach, etc. Like retouching today, it ranged from clumsy and obvious to masterfully invisible.
    ...and don't forget the dodgy color printing of the era both helps cover up some dodgy retouching and makes some unretouched photos look as strange as retouched photos.

    Bad printing: the great equalizer!

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