On Gizmodo, I saw this link to this nostalgic bit of art history. There were scans from an old book about the art of photo retouching.
Check out more scans at CreativePro.com:
Before imaging software, namely Adobe Photoshop, the process of manipulating photos was a much more physical art form.
When I was in college, waaaaaaay back at the turn of the millenium, I think the computer labs had Apple G3 machines running Photoshop 4.0.
That was before the Internet was as ubiquitous as it is now, & the power of Photoshop was just beginning to open up the creative potential that exists today. It was still a transitional period, so I learned traditional design techniques along with the graphics software.
As a professional designer, I find that being aware of old-school tools & processes can sometimes inform or inspire solutions to contemporary problems.
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