15 Portraits of Historical Figures That Reveal the Early Origins of Photoshop

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Photo editing programs have become an integral part of our lives, making it rare to come across an untouched photo. However, it’s essential to recognize that Photoshop isn’t exclusive to the modern era. For centuries, people have strived to enhance the appearance of their portraits, employing skilled specialists in photo retouching. This practice dates back to the nineteenth century when even painters dedicated themselves to portraying models as more beautiful than their actual selves.

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the mother of Queen Elizabeth II (1900 — 2002)

Queen Victoria (1819 — 1901)

Sophie of Württemberg, Queen of the Netherlands (1818 — 1877)

Charlotte of Belgium (1840 — 1927)

Maria Christina of Austria, Queen-consort of Spain (1858 — 1929)

Mary of Teck, the spouse of George V (1867 — 1953)

Isabella II of Spain (1830 — 1904)

Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia (1882 — 1957)

Princess Ruth Ke‘elikōlani of Hawaii (1826 — 1883)

Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, Queen Victoria’s fifth daughter (1857 — 1944)

Maria Luisa of Bourbon-Parma, Princess-consort of Bulgaria (1870 — 1899)

Princess Helena of the United Kingdom (1846 — 1923)

Alexandra Feodorovna, the spouse of Nicholas II of Russia (1872 — 1918)

Victoria, Princess Royal, German Empress (1840 — 1901)

Alexandra of Denmark, the spouse of Edward VII (1844 — 1925)

Princess Alice of Battenberg, the mother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II (1885 — 1969)

Bonus: Vincent van Gogh (1853 — 1890)

What do you think about Photoshop? Do you use it often? Tell us in the comments below.


I cannot tell which are the photoshopped ones and which are the 'real' ones! Are the black and white photos the 'real' ones? I wanted to comment that they looked more real anyway. I guess the colorizing and giving them different expressions is an unfortunate trend that tells reality should be ignored. Makes me unhappy.

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