My Grandmother’s Photo and my Grandfather’s Photographic Artistry

A Surprising Find

When I first found this photograph of my Grandmother, I don’t know if I was more surprised at the technical photographic ability of a photo that was taken almost 100 years ago, or how lovely my Grandmother was.

An original photograph of my Grandmother before restoration
An original photograph of my Grandmother before restoration | Source
An original photo of my Grandparents, before restoration.
An original photo of my Grandparents, before restoration. | Source

The photograph was taken by my Grandfather who, as I only recently discovered, owned a Photographic Studio in the early 1900’s.

My Grandfather's aim was to create a mirror image of my Grandmother and at a first glance I see that he has achieved it.

I look in the mirror and what do I see?

A lovely image looking back at me

Looking at the original photograph more closely, I see that two separate photos had been taken and the images of my Grandmother aren’t quite identical. They have been cleverly blended together to form one mirror-like image.

I wonder how many photos had been taken to achieve this effect. How many adjustments were made in my Grandfather’s pursuit of achieving a perfect image?

The position of her hand

The tilt of her head

The smile

What would my Grandfather think of technology today and the digital age?

Instead of the painstakingly frustrating hours of posing, taking photos and developing in darkrooms, we can achieve wonderful and magical effects with a simple camera and a computer.

Restored photograph of my Grandmother
Restored photograph of my Grandmother | Source

How to Restore an Old Photo

The photograph was in good condition, but there was still some restoration work to do.

I scanned the photo at 600dpi and used Adobe Photoshop for the restoration work.

Restored photograph of my Grandparents
Restored photograph of my Grandparents | Source

Restoring my Grandparents' Photo

At first glance, it looked as though there was a lot of work to do to restore this photo.

Many old photos are printed on and mounted in cardboard; this has actually helped to preserve them.

They are less likely to become creased and torn and if the photo is set in a mount; this will help to protect it.

After I scanned the photo and began to restore it, I cropped the image and instantly removed the scruffy looking mount that improved the image immediately!

For more information and some easy tips on restoring old photos please read my hub Photo Restoration: Scanning and Restoring your Photos at Home.

How to Add Colour to a Black and White Photo

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I couldn’t resist adding a little colour to the photo! For easy instructions on how you can add a splash of colour to a photo using Adobe Photoshop please read my hub "Old Photos and Family Memories: Beauty, Jealousy and a Bit of an Argument!".

Let's Have Some Fun with Mirrored Effects!

I created some mirror image photos using Adobe Photoshop; I wonder what my Grandfather would make of these?

This is easy to do and lots of fun, just follow my step-by-step instructions below. I hope you enjoy experimenting!

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How to Create your Mirror Image

  • Open your image in Adobe Photoshop
  • Go to FILE/NEW to create a background image. I chose 8x6 inches 400dpi. You can choose any background colour but you will probably crop the background out when you have created your image.
  • Select the MOVE tool and drag the image to the background layer.
  • If the image is too large, go to EDIT, select FREE TRANSFORM, hold down the shift key and move the cursor to the bottom right of the photo and then position and size your image as required (this keeps your image proportionate).
  • Click on LAYER in the task bar, then DUPLICATE LAYER. This has created a layer on top of your first image.
  • Position this to the side of your image with the MOVE tool
  • Go to EDIT, select TRANSFORM and flip horizontally.
  • CROP your image to your required size and you have created your mirror image.

Step by Step Screenshots

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Open your image in Adobe PhotoshopPosition this to the side of your image with the move toolFlip Horizontally
Open your image in Adobe Photoshop
Open your image in Adobe Photoshop | Source
Position this to the side of your image with the move tool
Position this to the side of your image with the move tool | Source
Flip Horizontally
Flip Horizontally | Source
Restored Grandmother Sepia Photo
Restored Grandmother Sepia Photo | Source
Restored Grandparents Sepia Photo
Restored Grandparents Sepia Photo | Source

I would like to attribute this hub to the memory of my Grandparents.

To Nanny.

You passed away when I was only 12 years old, but I remember you so well.

The Nanny I knew was crippled with arthritis and confined to a wheelchair and although you were constantly in pain, you never complained.

And now after all these years, I have come in possession of these photographs.

This is the Nanny I never knew, how lovely to see your face without the etchings of pain.

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To my Grandfather who passed away before I was born.

I love and admire your photographic work and I will always treasure these photographs.

Restoring your photos has been so rewarding and special to me.

They will be passed on down our family for generations to come.

You will both always be remembered.

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Steph Harris 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Hi Movie master, your granparents were very good looking people, and the photography is really good, you have obviously got that gift from your grandad.

I will have to have a go at using Adobe Photoshop, I have only just started to use the digital camera my husband bought for me, so hopefully , with a little of your instructions, I will be able to suprise my husband with who knows what.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Interesting on every level. Thanks so much for sharing some of their story and for helping us understand more about photography today.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Steph, thank you so much for visiting and your comments, I enjoy photography, it's one of my favourite pastimes - perhaps there is something in my genes?! I hope you enjoy experimenting in Adobe, a lot of the effects look fantastic and are much easier to create than you think, I hope you manage to surprise your husband with something special, just give me a shout if you need some help:-) take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi RTalloni, great to see you thanks for dropping by and your comments, I really appreciate it, glad you enjoyed it, have a great day!


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

What a simply lovely photograph! I love the look on her face. You did a great job with the restoration. Thanks for sharing and I'm bookmarking these hubs. I have many very old photographs of my grandparents and their family, even elegant photos of their dogs! You've inspired me with some ideas!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi rebekahELLE, I had so much pleasure out of restoring these photos and sharing them, so to know I have inspired you with some ideas is a great feeling! thank you for reading and commenting, best wishes and have a wonderful day:-)


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Loved this Hub Movie Master. One can see the LOVE your Grandfather had for your Grandmother. I too have some wonderful pictures of my Great, Grand parents and I treasure them. I also enjoyed reading your Tribute to your Grandparents. I am sure they are Smiling down on you today!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi b.Malin, I agree you can see the 'love' and weren't they a handsome couple! thank you so much for your comments they mean a great deal to me.


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Your very handy making your old photos look like new. I wondering if you look like your grandm she was pretty? If so you must look pretty yourself.


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NotTooTall 5 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

Cool ~ It must have been like finding hidden treasure when you held this photo up. They are guite charming!

Thanks for sharing.

N T T


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Your photography restoration is beautiful, and your ability to add color is amazing. Thank's for sharing your talent.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi writer20, I love restoring old photos, it was quite emotional restoring these, I agree my Grandmother was pretty, I truly didn't know as I had never seen photos of her when she was young, I thought she was was lovely.Thank you so much for visiting and your lovely comments, as for my looks, pretty I don't think so, but I think there is a bit of family resemblance there! take care and best wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi NTT You're right, I was just so excited when I found this photo!! I have enjoyed restoring and sharing them, I really appreciate you dropping by and your comments, thank you, hope you have a great day:-)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi always exploring, your visit and compliments mean so much to me, thank you, have a wonderful day!


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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

This is a lovely hub about your grandparents. Your messages to them are very nice and I am interested to attempt some photo shopping after reading your hub.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Movie Master, this photo of your grandma is so artistic and beautiful. Your gradfather was a very good photographer. I like experimenting with the mirror and color splash effects, too. Photoshop rocks!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tebo, it's nice to see you, thank you for your comments, I hope I have inspired you!!! Hope you have a great day:-)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi OP, Thank you for dropping by, I was delighted when I found the photo, I thought my Grandmother looked so lovely, I am looking forward to finding more of my Grandfather's photos, I agree Photoshop rocks!!! All the best to you, take care.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Great work as always, Movie Master! Talent has been continuous in your family!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dex, it's nice to see you, I hope the world is treating you well, you say the nicest things, you make a girls day:-) take care and thank you.


Memories1932 5 years ago

Very interesting and enjoyable hub. I love looking at pictures of my mother and father and grandmother and grandfather when they were young. Photography sure has come a long way.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Memories, I love looking at old photos and talking memories with my Mum, it's quality time spent together! glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for the follow, I shall look forward to lots more hub sharing, take care!


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Hi Movie Master - Very BEAUTIFUL and INTERESTING hub. Your Grandmother was indeed a very pretty woman and what a great photograph your Grandfather was. And of course your photography restoration is SUPERB. Very well done my dear. Keep it up.

All the Very Best Wishes to you,

Kamalesh


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Movie Master

You did a wonderful job of restoring your grandparents pictures. I am sure they would be pleased with the results.

Take Care


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Kamalesh, your visit and comments always brightens my day! It was very emotional when I first looked at this photo and saw how pretty my Grandmother was when she was young and without pain, I will always treasure these photos they are so precious. Best wishes to you too and see you soon.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sueswan, it's nice to see you thank you for visiting, I hope all is well with you, I loved restoring these photos, thank you so much for your complimentary comments and support, it means a great deal to me, I hope you have a lovely weekend.


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Mimi721wis 5 years ago

Nice tribute to your grandparents. Loved the photos. They were a beautiful couple.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mimi, thank you for the visit and your lovely comments, they certainly were a handsome couple, take care have a great day and I will look forward to seeing you soon.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

This is such an inspirational hub and the photos look great. I love old photos and this is a great way to restore them and save them in a new way. Thanks for an easy to follow article.

Tina


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Tina, thank you so much for your wonderful comments, I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and your support means a great deal to me, take care and enjoy your day.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Your grandparents were a very attractive couple. I'm sure your grandfather smiles everytime he thinks that you have found the love of photography and that you share that with him.

The mirror image photograph of your grandmother is wonderful. And that splash of color was just the right touch.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi mck, quite a striking couple weren't they! It was quite a surprise when I found out only recently of my Grandfathers love of photography, wouldn't I just love to spend some time with him now and enjoy our passion together. As always it's great to see you and thank you so much for your comments, I am just coming over to yours for a coffee....


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

The Love your grandfather had for your Grandmother is quite evident in these beautiful photos.

You have restored the photos very well they are lovely; I love the touch of the red rose.

Your Grandfather would be delighted with today’s technology, but you know something, I don't think he would feel the same satisfaction somehow.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Rosemay, Yes I agree you can see the love between my Grandparents, they look completely devoted to each other.

I couldn't resist the 'red rose' thank you for your comments, they mean a great deal to me, take care and have a lovely day.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America

Your grandmother is lovely. I love old pictures. I do the same thing you do scan them in add stuff to them or just clean them up. I don't have Adobe Photoshop. I use Paint Shop Pro. Enjoyed your hub.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi moonlake, isn't she lovely and they look so happy. Ah we have something in common, isn't it rewarding restoring old photos, I use Paint Shop Pro a lot as well, it's excellent software. I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you for your comments, best wishes.


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

In addition to your photos, the poems for your Grandparents is beautiful too.

Your mirror pictures makes me think of the Doublemint Gum commercials.

When my son was about 5, a friend of mine had twin daughters. He called them, "the girls with matching faces."


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sally, it's great to see you, thank you for dropping by and commenting, I'm glad you liked my hub, I haven't ever seen the Doublemint gum commercials (I live in the UK) the girls with matching faces, I like that, it's lovely. The little girl on the bicycle is my grandaughter, now I wouldn't mind 2 of her, she is an absolute angel!!! take care, have a wonderful day and see you soon.


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Your grandaughter IS beautiful! You are indeed a proud grandparent! Here is a YouTube of one of the gum commercials. There are lots and lots more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XJJwAZgAA0


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sally, it's good to see you again, thank you for your compliment on my grandaughters behalf, I think she is beautiful too - yes I'm a 'doting' grandmother!!

And thanks for the YouTube link, I've just watched it, I don't think that was ever shown over here, they certainly were like a mirror image!

Thanks again Sally, have a great weekend and see you soon.


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

Very interesting photo story. Your personal emotions have universal appeal.


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

Very interesting photo story. Your personal emotions have universal appeal.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Binaya, I'm glad you enjoyed my grandparents story, thank you for dropping by and your comments, I really appreciate it.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

From time to time I find myself restoring old photos like you presented here. The grandparents photo captures the era and the original photo was beautifully composed, lit, etc. Being an art teacher I can appreciate just how nice it is.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Reynold Jay, thank you for dropping by.

I'm sure you'd agree that there is a lot of satisfaction in restoring an old photo, especially one, as you pointed out, that is as well composed as the one of my Grandmother.

I was delighted when I found it in a box old family photos, a great find.

Many thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Dear Movie Master : What a wonderful restoration of your photos of your grandparents. How beautiful your grandmother is. And how handsome your grandfather is. All your family pictures are done so well. They must always be cherished. God Bless You and your precious family.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi stars, thank you so much for your visit and compliments!

These photos are so precious and I will treasure them always!

Best wishes and take care.


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

The family photos are beautiful and you are clever to have restored them so well. The mirror image information is useful too.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello 2uesday, I enjoyed restoring the old family photos, glad you found the information useful.

Thank you so much for visiting and your comments, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes MM


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sweethearts2 5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

Love it, Love it. I'm going to try it.

You've given me another challenge. Enjoy your hubs so much.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi sweetheart, enjoy the challenge - it's great fun!

If you need any tips, you are welcome to email!

Thank you so much for dropping by and your great comments, my best wishes MM


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dipsmi 4 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

Just love the pictures of your grandparents. They were a gorgeous couple.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi dipsmi, thank you for visiting, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, yes my grandparents were quite a handsome couple!

Take care, best wishes Lesley


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Your restoration of your grandfathers photographs is wonderful! I am sure he would be very honored and proud. They were both very handsome people! I like the idea of the mirrored image and am going to have to play around with that some. I'm sure tribute to your grandparents has made them smile! Up, beautiful, interesting and shared! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi sgbrown, I got a huge amount of pleasure out of restoring my grandfathers photos - yes they were quite a handsome couple!

Have fun playing with mirrored images:-)

Thank you for your comments, votes and sharing, it's much appreciated.

Happy Easter and best wishes Lesley


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Great instructions for using Adobe Photoshop. These step by step clues for creating mirror image photos are easy to follow and I hope to put them to use on my own family photos.

The illustrations you've shared here are truly treasures from the past. What a lovely couple they were and your Granddad was way ahead of his time with this innovative photographic image of your beautiful Grandmother. I feel blessed to have photos of my relatives and they clearly remind me that these folks were once young and full of hope and love.

Beautifully done!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Peg, I was delighted when I came across these old photos of my grandparents, I never knew my grandfather and it was, as you mentioned in your comments a lovely reminder that they too were once full of hope and love.

The mirror images are so easy to create in Photoshop, I hope you try it and have some fun with your photos!

Thank you for your lovely comments, best wishes Lesley


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Agnes Penn 4 years ago from Nicholson, Pennsylvania, USA

Well written and informative hub. I enjoyed your grandmother's mirror pic. It provokes poetry... Communication without words. It almost transcends time where an earlier version of her comforts a later version of her.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Agnes, thank you for visiting and your comments, they are much appreciated.

Best wishes Lesley


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Lesley,

Your grandparents made a beautiful couple and it must have been a labor of love on your part restoring these photos. I am going to try your tips on making mirror images using your tutorial. Would love to be able to do things like this! Voted up and useful. Thanks!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Peggy, I thoroughly enjoyed restoring my grandparents photos, they looked such a devoted couple!

I hope you enjoy making mirror images, it's easy and lots of fun!

Thank you for your wonderful comments and votes, Happy Easter and see you soon, best wishes Lesley


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dappledesigns 4 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

LOVE this hub! thank you for sharing. There is something amazing seeing photos of your grandparents when the were young. What a great find with that mirror image done so long ago.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi dappledesigns, yes I agree - I was so excited to find a photo of my grandparents when they were younger!

Thank you so much for reading and your great comments, they are much appreciated.

Have a wonderful weekend, best wishes lesley


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Beautiful! Such a lovely family you ahve. Your grandmother was an elegant women. I have Adobe Photoshop, and have used it a bit. I like how you got the flower to have color. I need to learn these tricks! Thank you for sharing.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Augustine, Weren't they a handsome couple!

Adding some colour to a photo makes a nice effect, glad I was able to teach you some tricks!! hope you have fun trying it out!

Many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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