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(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.

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

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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” .

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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”).

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

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