As I’ve mentioned in several places on this website, I’ve used Adobe Photoshop to remove windows, benchwork, doors, etc. from photos. I’ve also used it to add smoke and steam. I’ve made several photobooks of my layout. I tend to use photoshop more extensively when making photo books. In one of the photo books I used photoshop on every photo of the 27 page book.
I made that book for my Grandson Enzo. I incorporated a photo of him on every page of the book. In that book my Grandson spent the day in Chamita. He visited nearly every building, talked to the people he ran into, rode in the cab of a steam locomotive and chased trains. I also used photoshop to change the time of day.
Photoshop has a great option. It’s called sky replacement. As long as the photo has a sky, photoshop gives you several options for replacing the sky. Photoshop is not exactly easy to learn how to use. I’ve worked with a few different versions of photoshop. Every time it is upgraded, I have to relearn how to effectively use it. The latest version is easier to use than prior versions.
Should Photoshop be used on photos that are being submitted to model railroad publications? “Trick” photography has been used for many years in model railroad photos. I’m of the mind that using Photoshop to enhance the story telling of a model railroad is perfectly fine. In the photo above I added Grandson Enzo to the locomotive cab, steam and exhaust smoke.
The following are screen shots of Enzo's book. I used Mixbook to make Enzo's book. Mixbook is easy to use.