Here’s how you can apply a dynamic tinting to vintage black and white hillshade images to create a retro-vibe hand-tinted antique photo sort of aesthetic. Also there is just something lovely about georeferencing the terrain art of cartographers of the past.
If you want to skip to the action, jump to 3:10. It’s a “luminosity” blend mode applied to the hillshade so it inherits the hues of the underlying imagery. Super simple.
Enjoy a full archive of beautiful vintage shaded relief graphics at this outstanding resource, curated and maintained by Tom Patterson and Bernhard Jenny. Let them inspire you, and maybe give them a renewed home in the digital domain.