'Going Vintage' (May 2011)

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    This is the result of a Photoshop experiment that I was trying out. I had been thinking about old photos and how they kind of deteriorate over time with dirt, creases and discolouration.

    I kind of like that life cycle of old photos so I wanted to try and see if I could get one of my 'modern' photos to look like it was vintage.

    This one from NYC already had a timeless look so was perfect for what I was trying to achieve.....

    I've linked the original below so you can do a comparison :-

    www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/5258743716/

    1. Dr. Ilia 46 months ago | reply

      amazing capture
      Seen in the group "All People"

    2. grizzbiz 46 months ago | reply

      great shot and nice use of Topaz!

    3. Eden Brackstone 46 months ago | reply

      Nice one Andy, I may have backed off the saturation just a little more though ;-)
      I've only had one decent attempt at aging a photo... And in my case I took it way back to the 1900's:

      The above photo had all kinds of civilization in it that needed to be removed, bit of a Photoshop marathon!

    4. Mr Andy Bird 46 months ago | reply

      Eden - I took the easy way out and chose aphoto that had nothing remotely modern in it hehe!

    5. SimonMorris71 45 months ago | reply

      Cool retro shot Andy, I also like the composition... the couple walking by in the background works perfectly - what technique did you use in Photoshop to achieve this retro look?

    6. Mr Andy Bird 45 months ago | reply

      Cheers Simon, it was very simple - First thing I did was find a generic image of a dirty lens from a google image search which I used as my texture. I then overlapped it over the original and increased it's opacity then merged them. Next I created a channel mix adjustment layer and decreased the blue to -25% then merged them again. Finally I chose a bit of the image I wanted to look discoloured by sun exposure so I used the polygonal lasso selection tool to I made a haphazard shape in the top-right, refined the edge and then created a hue/saturation adjustment layer where I reduce the hue of the selected area by minus 25% - Seemples!

    7. Noah J Katz 45 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot and processing Andy. Even the people look like they belong back in the late sixties or early seventies. Cheers!

    8. Mr Andy Bird 45 months ago | reply

      Yeah Maugi those guys were amazing - great characters!

    9. SimonMorris71 45 months ago | reply

      Thanks Andy - great technique! Might give this a whizz... now then, where did I put those flared jeans? ;-)

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