Colour tinting is a technique in Photoshop where we can add, or change, colours in an image. Last time, I used the technique to turn a photograph of smoke into an artistic piece full of vibrant colour.

This time I wanted to use it add some colour to a black and white photograph – specifically, this photograph of a family member taken during the second world war.

I thought it would be interesting to see the image as it would have looked in person.

Using blending modes and several different layers, I painted over the black and white to create a full colour version.

I think it looks surreal, and definitely interesting to look at. However, it’s not something I’d want to frame – the original black and white has a timeless feel and it feels more real.

But that doesn’t mean the process isn’t worth it – there is some commercial value to this technique, it just isn’t for me.