Warning: Parameter 1 to wp_default_scripts() expected to be a reference, value given in /kunden/78044_79104/yarnlology/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 600

(5) Vintage Photo Looks – Revisited

January 4, 2011 - - 8:56 AM

It has been a while since I have written a series about how to get your photos to look vintage. In the past month a few other tools have come to my attention that also yield beautiful results.

1. Webbased tools

If you would like your photo to look like it is at least 100 years old, then try the Bakumatsu Koshashin generator.

=> View original image

There is another generator called Rollip, which gives you many different options of processing your image.

=> View original image

2. Hipstamatic – iPhone app and Photoshop actions

If you have an iPhone, there are several apps you can get to achieve the toy camera look. The favorite one is probably the Hipstamatic.

If you want to look at all the options this app gives you, there is a gallery from PhotoJojo and by DJ Paine on Flickr.

I will not go into details on the quality of iPhone images or if the toy camera look is something that will last.
Just let me say that I believe in two things:
1) It is better to be able to take a photo, then not be able to take one. If people use their mobile camera to take a picture, then there always is the option of learning something new and being creative.
2) If a tool helps you to see things in a new light or capture events or ideas, you should go ahead and use it. Especially, if it is also fun to play around with and you like the results.

For the people like me, who do not have an iPhone, there are options of recreating the look of the Hipstamatic in Photoshop. The photo never looks 100% like one by the Hipstamatic does, but it is usually very close.

There is a free Photoshop Action by AllyKat Design that gives you lovely effects. For the photo below I used the option “Ina’s 1969” .

=> View original image

There are three action packs by Jana Werner (1, 2 and 3), which I can recommend.
Just keep in mind to read the instructions first and work on 8-bit (not 16-bit) images for these actions to run smoothly.

The first image was processed with an action from the first pack (Film “Blackys”).

=> View original image

The second images was created with the second pack (Film “Infra Freddie”).

=> View original image

(4) Vintage Photo Looks: Random acts of “Vintageness”

May 2, 2010 - - 6:40 PM

Making your image look “vintage” can mean many different things. In this last part of the series I simple want to show different beautiful vintage looks that did not fit in the categories featured so far.

1. Webbased tools

There is an application I liked by Anymaking that creates a lovely old photo effect. I only increased the contrast slightly (with a curves layer set on the blending option “luminosity”) in Photoshop.

=>View original image

I also liked PhotoFunia’s vintage photo approach a lot. The logo inserted at the bottom of the frame was removed (with the Spot Healing Brush) in Photoshop.

=> View original image

2. Free (or cheap) software

There are many free photo editors for Windows or the ones available for Mac you can use to turn your image into a black&white version, apply a sepia color tone or add a frame. However, unless the editor offers layers and other more advanced options (e.g. levels and curves), it might be difficult to try more complex tutorials and add paper textures or signs of age – like cracks –  to your photo.

3. Photoshop

a) Actions

I almost cannot believe how many useful and beautiful vintage Photoshop actions there are on the web for free. Just google for “vintage” or “retro” and “photoshop action”!

=> View original image

From the top left to bottom right corner:

1. Old Photo Action by shagagraf – applied with an opacity of 50%
2. H.D.A.-soft elegance by H-D-STOCK – applied with an opacity of 40%
3. Vintage effect by photoshop-stock – Option 2
4. Cross-processing action1 by untitledhope
5. Vintage by Roy Adkins
6. Vintage action by lassekorsgaard
7. Dim and Jade by davidnanchin
8. Photoshop actions 41 by night-fate – Option 6 with first curves layer to 80% (Julia Starr actually offers many pages of free actions!)
9. Retro Action by marissaxxx

Two other actions I also especially liked were the “Hand-colored Vintage Photo” and “Vintage Photo” actions by Jenny W.

=>View original image

=> View original image

b) Tutorials

Hongkiat has compiled a list of very useful vintage and aging photo effects tutorials.

Gerardo Carrillo came up with an approach I just had to try. The texture I used is from the “Vintage Grunge Textures” package by Princess of Shadows. If you are looking for textures try these recommendations or the links on this website.

=> View original image

If you want to try a soft and dreamy look then try this wonderful tutorial and look at the actions by CoffeeShop, e.g. “Soft Autumn Glow” or “Butterscotch Vintage“.

(3) Vintage Photo Looks: Lomo

April 23, 2010 - - 4:21 PM

An image shot with a Lomo is easily recognized, because it is photography with an attitude. As Vailancio Rodrigues eloquently put it in Smashing Magazine the characteristics are “oversaturated colors, extreme optical distortions, rainbow-colored subjects, off-kilter exposure, blurring and alternative film processing”.

1. Webbased tools

Pixenate has a “Lomo tool”, but I did not like the effect. The Lomo look may be a bit too complex for simple online photo editors. Swisswuff has an analysis of the lomo effect, if you are interested in the details.

2. Free software

Paint.net is a free software that features a Lomo plugin. You can find more information on how to install it and use it on this website. I am not overly excited about this option compared to the Photoshop actions and tutorials, but it does a decent job, if your image is light enough (higher than average exposure) and has a low contrast, before you apply the effect.

=> View original image

3. Photoshop

a) Actions

There are so many Lomo actions that I made this collage to show you some of the good ones.

=> View original image

From the top left to bottom right corner:

1. Action 3 by ZeroComrade
2. lomold action by turunchuQ
3. Retro Love by pseudonymfreak
4. Lomo Action Set by WingsOfAHero – Option “Lomo X Process”
5. Vintage Lomo Effect Action by NamfloW
6. Lomo by Addicted to Design – Option “Medium Vignette”
7. Lomo Effect by photoshop-stock – Option 6 with half the contrast
8. ABDPBT Lomo Action Set – Option “Rose-Colored Glasses” with half the contrast
9. bhp actions by Beau Hudspeth – Option “The Look of Lomo” with Unsharp mask reduced to 10%

Many thanks to Graphic Identity and Zedomax for these great resources.

b) Tutorials

For a standard approach how to achieve the Lomo look digitally try the tutorial by Darren Rowse.

Kwame Busia has a different way of doing “Fauxmography“, which creates warm colors and gorgeous light leaks.

=> View original image

The Tutvid channel has a tutorial video on YouTube, which is really easy to follow and gives your images a washed-out look with a punch.

=> View original image

If you need some inspiration then visit the “Lomo Faker s League“.

(2) Vintage Photo Looks: Holga

April 20, 2010 - - 7:22 AM

The Holga is a medium format camera with a few charming “flaws”: soft focus, light leaks and vignetting. You can create this low-tech appeal digitally with various methods.

1. Webbased tools

Upload an image on the HolgaNizer and the application turns it into a Holga image. For inspiration you can check out the HolgaNizer Flickr Group. Side effects of the PHP-based script include a very low resolution (300×300 pixel) and a mandatory film frame border around the image. If you want this action for Photoshop, it costs $20, but it allows for a much greater image size. I very much like the pretty light leak in the right bottom corner. There is a group on deviant art focusing especially on photos with light leaks.

=> View original image

2. Photoshop

a) General actions

Alberto Campione offers a free Holga Photoshop action called “Holga Simulator” and Lawrence Ripsher has a tutorial on how to use it. On top of the action I included a viewfinder frame to make it even more realistic.

=> View original image

There are also nice actions – not only in b&w but also in color and silver-toned – by Chris Fawkes. Additionaly I used this texture in the image.

=> View the original image

If you like a strong radial blur then you can use the action by tannermorrow.

=> View original image

b) Special actions

Holga + Polaroid = Holgaroid! Rawimage has some wonderful actions for these special images – one for black&white and one for color.

=> View original image

c) Tutorials

If you want a look in detail at one way to achieve the Holga characteristics in Photoshop, then take a look at the different steps by Lenscraft or the video tutorial by PhotoshopGirl. Feel free to experiment and keep in mind, that there are many ways to holga-fy an image.

I would very much like to see what you come up with, if you’d like to share.

(1) Vintage Photo Looks: Polaroid

April 16, 2010 - - 12:17 PM

You cannot help but love Polaroids: Before the widespread use of digital cameras, they were the closest thing to instant photographic gratification and their frame as well as their imperfect – but stylized – image quality have a unique appeal.

1. Webbased tools

Polaroin allows you to upload a photograph and turns it into a Polaroid. I am not too crazy about the strong color casts (in blue, red or green), but it does work rather well in some cases.

=>View original image

The Hockneyizer takes one image and transforms it into a collage of Polaroids in the spirit of David Hockney. This is more for fun than artistic expression, but it leads to interesting results. Just use the “Click here to shuffle” link, until it generates an arrangement you like.

=> View original image

2. Free software

You drag your jpg files on the software icon and Poladroid magically turns them into Polaroids. Martin Pot has a tutorial on how to use it. The picture quality and resolution is really good.

=> View original image

3. Photoshop

If you like to use Photoshop, you can try your hands at a Polaroid transfer effect. I followed the tutorial except that I used this medium format film border (Rawimage also has some great ones) and one of these grunge textures in blending mode “overlay” instead of the Scratch Heavy brush.

=> View original image

Happy processing! Next on our list will be the Holga…

Series: Vintage Photo Looks

April 15, 2010 - - 6:34 PM

When you have finished a crafting project, you have often put quite some time and thought into it. You might as well put a little bit more effort into making the photographs of your work look eye-catching. One way to achieve this is by going vintage.

There is, of course, the obvious solution of going out and buying an old or toy camera. However, I will not cover analog photography, because I have not shot film for quite some time.
In the coming weeks, I will instead show you how to get your digital images to look like old photos.

You can get an idea of the different looks out there by looking at the following galleries:

In the next post I will start explaining the most easily recognizable film look: the Polaroid.