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I travelled to Liverpool for a photoshoot with Jazz singer Katie "Kit" Williams back in August. She wanted a 1940's style photoshoot, with some retro processing along with some more standard portraits.


I like the way these photos have come out and think some of them look genuinely old fashioned and from that period.


To achieve this look, I desaturate the photo and slightly increase the red and yellow channels, to give the skin a slightly more pale appearance. Then, I duplicate the layer, adding gaussian blur. Creating a mask, I punch through the gaussian blur to reveal the face and neck so that only the background and tips of the hair are blurred. I then create another layer and reapply gaussian blur to the whole image. Once done, I change the blend mode on the top layer to overlay and descrease the opacity to about 45% (until it looks right). This for me, gives it a 1940's style Hollywood effect.


Hope you enjoy.

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Taken on September 2, 2010