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Old 12-10-2008, 08:58 AM
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Realistic Aged Photo Effect?

I'm going to produce a video today on how to give a photograph (what I hope is) a realistic aged photo look.

This will be a rather long video, since I'm going to aim for realistic over simple.

I've attached the original color photo, the aged effect, and the Layers panel from Photoshop. Please look at the aged photo and give me an honest critique about whether it looks realistic.

Original
http://www.thelightsright.com/smf/in...ttach=79;image

Aged Effect
http://www.thelightsright.com/smf/in...ttach=81;image

Layers Panel
http://www.thelightsright.com/smf/in...ttach=83;image

Some stuff that is not apparent from the Layers panel . . .
  • I added damage marks to the photo, used the brush to add vary the opacity of the handwriting, to modify the mars (which come from the Clouds filter, Lighten blend, and Threshold), add some damage from light to the upper left corner, and add some smudges to the edges and on the photo, particularly to vary the damage spots a bit.
  • Opacity was set to 80% for Smart Filters layer prior to applying Film Grain. Then Blend If settings were used to keep grain away from extreme highlights and attentuate it in the highlights.
  • Blend If settings were used to keep yellowing to the highlights.

The corner tear is not transparent with a JPG. It would be with a PNG or TIFF, but then I would have to reduce the photo to keep it under 256K.

Anyway, before I sit down to do the video, please give me some feedback on the realism of the effect.

Cheers,

Mitch
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Old 12-10-2008, 09:14 AM
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Re: Realistic Aged Photo Effect?

hi,
that sounds great.......

I tried looking at your links... but i kept getting a window requiring a password...!! you might want to on the pictures themselve upload here to the board.... it generally works out better..

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I'm going to produce a video today on how to give a photograph (what I hope is) a realistic aged photo look.

This will be a rather long video, since I'm going to aim for realistic over simple.

I've attached the original color photo, the aged effect, and the Layers panel from Photoshop. Please look at the aged photo and give me an honest critique about whether it looks realistic.

Original
http://www.thelightsright.com/smf/in...ttach=79;image

Aged Effect
http://www.thelightsright.com/smf/in...ttach=81;image

Layers Panel
http://www.thelightsright.com/smf/in...ttach=83;image

Some stuff that is not apparent from the Layers panel . . .
  • I added damage marks to the photo, used the brush to add vary the opacity of the handwriting, to modify the mars (which come from the Clouds filter, Lighten blend, and Threshold), add some damage from light to the upper left corner, and add some smudges to the edges and on the photo, particularly to vary the damage spots a bit.
  • Opacity was set to 80% for Smart Filters layer prior to applying Film Grain. Then Blend If settings were used to keep grain away from extreme highlights and attentuate it in the highlights.
  • Blend If settings were used to keep yellowing to the highlights.

The corner tear is not transparent with a JPG. It would be with a PNG or TIFF, but then I would have to reduce the photo to keep it under 256K.

Anyway, before I sit down to do the video, please give me some feedback on the realism of the effect.

Cheers,

Mitch
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Old 12-10-2008, 09:16 AM
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Re: Realistic Aged Photo Effect?

Dang it! I did not stop and think that I was posting to files added to a forum message.

I'll get them uploaded to the files directory in an hour or two. That will not require registration. At the moment, I'm firewalled.

Sorry!

Mitch
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:18 AM
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Re: Realistic Aged Photo Effect?

LOL! check first if your link is view able...
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Old 12-10-2008, 01:03 PM
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Re: Realistic Aged Photo Effect?

gmitchel is a great help to the retouching family so don't laugh or you have to deal with me..:+}

It can happen to the best of us..

Thanks for understanding..

Snook
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:13 PM
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Re: Realistic Aged Photo Effect?

hi,
don't worry about it... you can't imagine the number of times i have done something like that...grrr.. be looking forward to your movie
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Dang it! I did not stop and think that I was posting to files added to a forum message.

I'll get them uploaded to the files directory in an hour or two. That will not require registration. At the moment, I'm firewalled.

Sorry!

Mitch
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Old 12-10-2008, 05:50 PM
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Re: Realistic Aged Photo Effect?

Sorry about the boo-boo with the files.

Here's the original:

http://www.thelightsright.com/files/...t/original.png

Here's the aged effect:

http://www.thelightsright.com/files/...agedeffect.png

Here's the Layers panel:

http://www.thelightsright.com/files/...ayerspanel.png

Do you like the effect? Would a tutorial about this be worthwhile? I'll do both a .PDF tutorial and a video tutorial. Probably the .PDF tutorial tonight. I have a raging sinus infection that makes it hard on my voice, pacing, etc.

Cheers,

Mitch
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Old 12-10-2008, 06:47 PM
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Re: Realistic Aged Photo Effect?

Tutorials would be cool...Thanks
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:38 PM
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Re: Realistic Aged Photo Effect?

Here's the written tutorial. Video tutorial to follow.

http://www.thelightsright.com/RealisticAgedPhotoEffect

Enjoy!

Mitch
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:14 PM
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Re: Realistic Aged Photo Effect?

To me your aged photo looks like a regular photo rendered in taupe with the corner torn off . . . Sorry!
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