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Old 11-01-2007, 08:09 PM
transoptic transoptic is offline
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photo deconstruction

Instead of reconstructing photos, what is the best way to make a photo look old and scratched up?

Like this:
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:55 AM
DaveSpanton DaveSpanton is offline
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Re: photo deconstruction

You've got a few options to create that kind of effect.

Firstly you could overlay textures onto your image. Either download them (from somewhere like or make them from your own photography or scans. Try different blending modes (overlay, soft light, hard light) and opacities, and play with running the high-pass filter on them.

Secondly is custom brushes. Download some ( has lots of that kind of brush) or make your own. Then get to work brushing in dust and scratch texture. The most time consuming method, but the most controlled.

Or lastly you could play around with a plug-in. I've never personally used one to create this kind of effect. You could try downloading om130nd.exe from Like I said, no idea what its like. I think DigiEffects have a similar thing in their Aurorix plugin package.

Hope this helps.
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Old 11-02-2007, 03:28 PM
maureeno maureeno is offline
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Re: photo deconstruction

Originally Posted by transoptic View Post
Instead of reconstructing photos, what is the best way to make a photo look old and scratched up?

Like this:
I did this one with brushes and sepia tones, with a little added Noise. It's pretty primitive though.

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