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Making a realistic old school high contrast Litho

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Old 01-08-2010, 07:39 AM
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Re: Making a realistic old school high contrast Li

Dunno if this is what you want.
I used Topaz Adjust>Exposure Color Stretch. They have free demos AND are Mac friendly.

http://www.topazlabs.com/products.html
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Old 01-08-2010, 03:58 PM
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Re: Making a realistic old school high contrast Li

Kisia thats sort of close....

I own an love every product Topaz makes!

Thanks a lot for your imput!
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Old 01-08-2010, 03:59 PM
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Re: Making a realistic old school high contrast Li

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I don't know for sure what you are trying to do, but have you tried the stamp filter? or a gradient map adjustment layer with just black and white on the gradient? Could you post a picture of what you are shooting for?
Thanks yes I have but I just dont get the "control" I need for the projects I do.

I do however make tons of brushes!

Thanks Again
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:01 PM
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I don't know anything about Litho but Alien Skin's Exposure has a Litho preset using the red and green channels. Have you ever tried Exposure?

Joe
Joe I have Exposure too, I will need to look into it and see if it works for what I need. I made my own action but I need to refine it. When its done I will share.
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:11 PM
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The Air Force had the liquid A & B litho developer, so didn't have to mix it up. Also made title slide and then used a liquid color agent to make them less boring. Also made a mask using text then putting a scene behind it for something a little different also.
I bet you used rub on lettering and photographed it too. Hey wanna buy a Bowens Illumitran in perfect condition with all the accessories?

Gunner its refreshing to talk to some one that knows the "wet" world.
I also colored my litho made slides some with dyes and some with pieces of gel material... Seems we have a lot in common.

Here are the only lithos I could find without a lot of time digging.

http://web.me.com/crabtreephoto/Orth...rthoLitho.html

Jimmy

P.S. Its nice to post on a forum where people actually know things - so many forums are full of people with a new camera and have achieved pro status in a month and know absolutely nothing.
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Re: Making a realistic old school high contrast Li

Yes, rub on lettering, or the white plastic ones laid on glass that was about 12 inches away from a blue or red velvet background drape for briefing slides.

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Old 01-08-2010, 09:25 PM
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Re: Making a realistic old school high contrast Li

I was hooked on litho film! Used to do a process of sandwiching a pos & neg to get a line effect much like find lines in ps. Did posterization then transferred that to color key material. Took hours to do and it lost it's interest after seeing how easy you could do things like it in ps. Also used bathroom glass as a sort of halftone screen. Got interesting results with that. Here's some that I did. The one of the shark I used the color key material. The others, I spiced up in ps, but the original b&w images are from litho film.
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:14 PM
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Re: Making a realistic old school high contrast Li

You probably loved Pete Turner and Jay Maisel they were like the innovating for behind using litho masking and double exposure, sandwiching and masking transparencies and negs.... I remember too making two lithos and then printing them out of register to make line art. yes I totally love litho and have yet to be able to reproduce the exact thing in PS and I have been using it since vers.1.0 and I have every plugin imaginable and still can't reproduce the effect to my liking .... Find Edges helps and there are a few others that come close - but IMHO Threshold is terrible.
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Re: Making a realistic old school high contrast Li

Most likely one of the reasons litho has that look is due to film grain, both in the original and the litho film itsself.
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Old 01-09-2010, 05:52 AM
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Re: Making a realistic old school high contrast Li

I'm not fond of thresh either but if you stack and mask a "regular", light and dark and paint in/out different areas, it helps. Here's another try.
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