RetouchPRO

Go Back   RetouchPRO > Technique > Photo Retouching
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Photo Retouching "Improving" photos, post-production, correction, etc.

Making photos look old (authentically)

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #11  
Old 05-03-2009, 10:53 PM
W.Smith's Avatar
W.Smith W.Smith is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 127
Re: Making photos look old (authentically)

I would 'do' one photograph manually, while recording the keystrokes and mouse movements as a script. Then run that script on the batch while I go to lunch, or overnight, or while I do other stuff on my machine as the script runs in the background.
Reply With Quote top
  #12  
Old 05-04-2009, 02:40 AM
Soul_of_Kilik's Avatar
Soul_of_Kilik Soul_of_Kilik is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 52
Re: Making photos look old (authentically)

@ Alex Frazier - You are so right, mate... PM sent.
@ Flotsam - Thanks bud.. downloading - very slow african internet.
Reply With Quote top
  #13  
Old 05-04-2009, 02:55 AM
Soul_of_Kilik's Avatar
Soul_of_Kilik Soul_of_Kilik is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 52
Re: Making photos look old (authentically)

Your tips are GREAT! Found lots I can use so far.

Anyone got anything that resembles an old colour photo?
Like the photo you kept in a shoe box (LOL AFrazier) of your dad in his stove pipe jeans with a big tash.. What era is that? 60's? Those early colour pics.
Reply With Quote top
  #14  
Old 05-04-2009, 06:00 AM
AFrazier's Avatar
AFrazier AFrazier is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Posts: 185
Re: Making photos look old (authentically)

Quote:
Originally Posted by W.Smith View Post
I would 'do' one photograph manually, while recording the keystrokes and mouse movements as a script. Then run that script on the batch while I go to lunch, or overnight, or while I do other stuff on my machine as the script runs in the background.
I hear ya. After all, the same coffee spilled on all twenty images while they sat on the same corner of the same dresser getting the exact same light damage from the very same window. Not to mention that they were all done by the same photographer, and his chemical mixtures were always exactly the same. He was never a second early or late in pulling an image from a toning bath, so the tint on each photo should be absolutely identical.

Sorry if I'm a bit sarcastic, but this sort of work ... especially if a client is paying for it ... requires a more personal touch if you are going to achieve authenticity. You can't just throw a sepia tone on everything.
Reply With Quote top
  #15  
Old 05-04-2009, 10:12 AM
Aleksman71 Aleksman71 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Slovenia
Posts: 158
Re: Making photos look old (authentically)

Here you have some PS actions

http://speckyboy.com/2008/11/16/16-p...o-your-images/

Here are vintage color photos
http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.58036619.jpg
http://ny-image2.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.58036686.jpg
http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.58036744.jpg
Reply With Quote top
  #16  
Old 05-10-2009, 01:09 PM
Chain's Avatar
Chain Chain is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Oslo, Norway
Posts: 551
Lightbulb Re: Making photos look old (authentically)

Based on the information in this thread (that means you AFrazier) I decided to make a proper action set for aging photos.

Attached is the first version, and I would love some constructive feedback!

It's made using Photoshop CS4, but might work in older CS-versions (please tell if it does). Works in CS3. Any earlier?

Edit:
Actions removed due to newer version in later comment(s).
Attached Images
File Type: jpg age-test.jpg (98.2 KB, 58 views)
File Type: png action.png (6.6 KB, 30 views)

Last edited by Chain; 05-12-2009 at 02:22 PM.
Reply With Quote top
  #17  
Old 05-10-2009, 01:58 PM
AFrazier's Avatar
AFrazier AFrazier is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Posts: 185
Re: Making photos look old (authentically)

Now you're talkin'. Very nice set of various aging factors.
Reply With Quote top
  #18  
Old 05-10-2009, 02:21 PM
AFrazier's Avatar
AFrazier AFrazier is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Posts: 185
Re: Making photos look old (authentically)

A couple of the actions leave a very strong effect, such as the random fade. You might consider softening those so you can make a complete action that doesn't require user interaction (some people are 'toopid). If it's soft enough to be universal, you can merge down instead of leaving layers.
Another thing you might add is the rough pastels for replicating paper fibers. The "fibers" filter is okay, but you would be surprised at just how much the rough pastels look like real fibers. Point of fact, it is the paper fibers that define the pastel strokes.
Create a duplicate layer (preferably already converted to black and white). Make the blend mode of the layer Lighten (which will preserve the contrast).

Try the pastels settings at approximately:

Stroke Length: 6
Stroke Detail: 4
Texture: Canvas (I realize we're going for paper here, but it ends up looking the same).
Scaling: 100%
Relief: 20
Light: Bottom
Reply With Quote top
  #19  
Old 05-11-2009, 09:37 AM
Chain's Avatar
Chain Chain is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Oslo, Norway
Posts: 551
Re: Making photos look old (authentically)

Thanks for the feedback. I will make an update as soon as i get time. I tried your pastels idea once when making the first version, but it turned out too strong and almost aliased (i guess it's no problem for a high resolution image tho). Will try it again and get it right this time ;p

Also, I think I will keep it separated into steps like now for the "experts" and make a couple of easy all-in-one actions at the top for "beginners" (and lazy people).
Reply With Quote top
  #20  
Old 05-11-2009, 11:37 AM
winu's Avatar
winu winu is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Lyss Switzerland
Posts: 25
Re: Making photos look old (authentically)

just try this link...
http://labs.wanokoto.jp/olds
Reply With Quote top
Reply

  RetouchPRO > Technique > Photo Retouching


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bringing realistic skin tones back to faded photos sulayman Photo Restoration 12 12-04-2009 08:30 PM
How to Print Family Photos of Differing Sizes copacabanagirl Input/Output/Workflow 14 06-23-2009 04:03 AM
Photo Retouching Service for Everyday Photos photolate Classifieds 3 07-10-2008 02:17 PM
printing professional quality photos Tinkerbella197 Input/Output/Workflow 14 04-21-2008 05:51 AM
Photos Stick togethee only copy baby photos mgolmeda Photo Restoration 1 01-24-2008 11:46 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved