08/28/2012 04:33 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Reddit Wedding Photo Retouch: Community's Heartfelt Gift For Dying WWII Veteran (PHOTOS)

Reddit users are probably familiar with the social news website's many aspects. Its adorable pets, esoteric memes and candid question-and-answer sessions alone make for hours of quality browsing. But as might be expected of a site where merit is measured in "karma," Reddit's community can also show a lot of heart.

One recent example of the community's kindness was one user's photo restoration request. "Master_of_memes27" posted a wedding photo of his grandparents and asked fellow Redditors to touch it up, explaining that his grandfather, a World War II veteran, was "on his deathbed." He said that adding a little color to the picture would brighten his day.


Several members of the community immediately responded, producing several colorful renderings of the wedding photo. But it was a submission by user "JackDarton" that wowed the community most. His subtle, warm approach added new life to the decades-old memento.

Darton, a vehicle artist by trade, eschewed Photoshop shortcuts like filters and noise reduction in his retouch, opting instead to color it freehand with the brush tool. In an e-mail to The Huffington Post, Darton said the whole project took him about half an hour from start to finish.

"I think the Reddit community as a whole is a great and wonderful place filled with people willing to help other people out," Darton wrote. "Any artist will agree that it's nice sometimes to work on something without it being a 'job,' and if it puts a smile on someone's face, I don't see any downside."

The Reddit community also has a history of supporting members of the armed forces. Some have organized holiday care package drives for troops stationed overseas.


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