How to Colorize and Restore an Old Damaged Photo

Photoshop enthusiast Shawn Pollock has been practicing his skills at retouching and colorizing old B&W photos in recent days, and while searching for historical photos to work on, he came across this photo of a couple.

The portrait was captured by early 20th-century Romanian war photographer Costică Acsinte, whose extensive body of work can be found in this Flickr archive.

Upon seeing the damaged photo, Pollock knew exactly what he needed to do to restore it:

That looks about right.

P.S. If you’d like to learn how to colorize black-and-white photos yourself, here’s the PiXimperfect 19-minute Photoshop tutorial by PiXimperfect that Pollock learned from.