Some of our members are photographers and others are retouchers. Take Deb Pieti for example! Deb specializes in colorizing old photographs—the photo you see above is one of the images she’s colorized using Photoshop. Keep reading to learn more about her work.

1.) Can you tell us a little bit about your photo?

This photo is a relative of my brother-in-law’s taken circa 1947 while in college in Wyoming.

2.) What gear/software did you use to create this image?

I used Photoshop, removing dust and scratches, then colorized the image.

3.) What do you like to photograph?

I love to retouch/restore/colorize images. It’s great to see the look on people’s faces, or to hear “you’ve brought it to life, and that’s very much appreciated”, and how much joy it brings to people, including myself.

4.) Were you inspired by a KelbyOne class or instructor to create this image? If so, which class

Yes. Scott Kelby, Glyn Dewis, Viktor Fejes, and Kristina Sherk.

5.) What’s your favorite class on KelbyOne and why?

I especially enjoy the following courses:

I like Scott, Glyn’s, Kristina’s, and Viktor’s Retouching Clothing classes listed above especially because of the neat tips they show. Viktor’s Color Grading and Elements of Retouching, I can’t count how many times I’ve watched those to learn and achieve the same techniques he demonstrated. Despite all the classes using current images, I incorporate techniques into the old images prior to beginning the colorization process. If one waits until after colorization is done, then retouch, sharpen eyes, etc, the colors tend to “bleed” into other neighboring areas of the image.

Get to know Deb better and see more of her work. Check out Deb Piete’s website and follow her on Facebook and Instagram