Oh Right, Doctoring Photos Actually Still Takes a Long Time

By Lily Newman on at

At this point doctored and enhanced photos are so ubiquitous that we tend to assume any photo we're looking at has gone through some type of processing. And programs like Photoshop are always releasing new tools and features to make these changes easier. But revising a photo for positive or nefarious reasons still takes time and skill. Luckily, we can count on internet denizens to have a lot of free time.

Reddit user thehatersalad did an extensive rehabilitation and colourisation on a photo of another Reddit user's grandmother. The whole process is condensed into a seven minute time-lapse here (which is really satisfying to watch) but it actually took about two and a half hours. You still can't just wave a cursor around for 10 minutes and fix something up. Upon seeing the restored photo the person who provided it, f2ISO100, said, "I feel — for the first time — like I got to see her, back in time." Special moments. [PetaPixel]