Helio Posted March 10, 2007 Share Posted March 10, 2007 This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it In this tutorial we will make a photo look antique. I converted this for PDN from a PS tutorial. NOTE: You will need the Color Balance plug-in for this tutorial. This is what you'll end with: Alright. This is the image that I'm starting with. Now, at the time period that we want to convert this photo to, many of the photos were cropped to squares. So that's just what we're going to do! (This step is optional.) Using the selection tool, hold the shift key down while clicking and dragging to the size and position you want. Then, crop to selection (Ctrl-Shift-x.) Now, make the image Sepia (Ctrl-Shift-p.) Now is the time to use the Color Balance plug-in. I adjusted the image 10 points toward yellow. Then, duplicate the layer (Ctrl-Shift-d.) Unfocus blur at a setting of 2 on your new layer. This is what it should look like so far: Now, we're going to make a transparent radial gradient. Select the gradient tool, then the radial type gradient, and make sure that it is set to make a transparent gradient. Then left click and drag where you want the image to be more focused. Now, duplicate the background layer. Add Noise to it at a setting that you like. I put mine at 40 because I want it to look really aged. This is what the image and your layers window should look like at this point: Open the Layer Properties window (f4.) Set the Noise layer blend mode to lighten. Now it needs a vignette. Flatten the image. Then, add a new layer. Make a box around the edges in your new layer with the brush size set to around 20 pixels. Then Gaussian blur it so it has a very smooth, transparent look. I use a setting of 70. Now we need to add some scratches. Add another layer, and add some white lines using the brush tool at a size of 1 to your new layer (You could also use a brush size of 2 to add really large scratches.) Open the layer properties window the new layer and adjust the opacity to however much you want the scratches to show. I use a setting of 45. Now is the time if you want to adjust the contrast of the picture to make it look even older. I choose increase the contrast of mine. Flatten the image. You can leave it just the way you have it, now. Or, you could add a paper border to it! Open the Canvas Size window under the image tab (Or Ctrl-Shift-r.) Time to do some math. I want an extra 15 pixels on either side of my photo, so making sure that Maintain Aspect Ratio is checked, I add 30 to the width of my canvas size. You shouldn't have to add anything to the height, it will add to it automatically. Using the magic wand, select and delete the extra white that it added. We want it to be transparent. Add a new layer, move it beneath the picture layer, and render some clouds (default settings) on it with a light tan as your primary color and a slightly darker tan as your secondary color. Using the selection tool on the top layer, select almost all of the picture only excluding the very edge. It should look something like this: Invert the selection (Ctrl-i) and use Frosted glass at a setting of 1. Then Median blur with the Radial slider at 1 and default Percentile. Deselect (Ctrl-d.) This is how it should look. Now we are going to repeat the last few steps. Increase the canvas size (any size you want, just larger than 20 pixels.) Delete the extra white. And repeat Frosted Glass this time at a setting of 3. Then repeat the Median blur. Done! Add a background: And another one I made: Please post all results, questions and comments! Edited to correct image links. Quote v An excellent open–source strategy game—highly recommended. "I wish I had never been born," she said. "What are we born for?" "For infinite happiness," said the Spirit. "You can step out into it at any moment..." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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