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Tigz Rice is a London based photographer specialising in fashion and boudoir with a vintage aesthetic. An Adobe Community Professional and Wacom Influencer, she originally trained in digital illustration before naturally progressing into the world of photography and retouching. Alongside a client list including Cosmopolitan Magazine, Burlesque On Ice and Paris Burlesque Festival, her work has dominated the European burlesque scene since 2009, which consequently means everything she owns is covered with a fine layer of glitter…

Adding colour to black-and-white archive photography is great way to bring the past to life. There are a lot of really awful ‘tutorials’ on the web that will give your awful looking results, so we asked photographer Tigz Rice to develop a technique for colorizing old photos in Photoshop that will deliver attractive, appealing, realistic results.

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The aim here isn’t to make an old photo look like it was taken yesterday, but to maintain its vintage feel while using colour to make it visually appealing in a different way – and more eye-catching when used in print or online.

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Or you could use it to make a new colour photo look like a colourised old photo by first converting it to black-and-white (Image > Adjustments > Black & White). Tigz has done something similar here, starting with a black-and-white photo of model Felicity Furore that she shot recently in monochrome – but this technique works just as well whether your photo was taken in 1916, 1966 or 2016.

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