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« on: September 24, 2017, 05:55:19 pm »

Been trying to convert some photos into old fashion photos
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2017, 12:32:33 am »

I believe you have succeeded! Those look great.
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2017, 12:51:34 am »

It took me a while to do these in  Gimp. I de-saturated all the colour first and then re-colourised using a macro for old photo style with sepia tones. Then I applied a blurry oval stencil and added some noise to it, and finally applied an old photo rectangular stencil (curved corners), which is another old photo macros that simulates a disintegrating paper edge. Then made the card stock with a texture tool, and by printing the photographer's name (a real photographer's name for the period) and the "hand written" print,but for some reason the text obliterated the texture around it. Finally you paste the photos above, like if they were glued to the card stock.

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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2017, 01:00:46 am »

I think the blurry oval stencil is very important, but a real camera would only give you a round circle for the blurry edge. I also tried another technique where I "scanned" lines out of black and white photos before adding the oval stencil and adding noise, but this is more of a "sci-fi" effect, probably an early electron ray vacuum tube device (cathode ray tube):

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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2017, 04:52:33 am »

Good photo editing apps come with all sorts of special effect plugins and masks. PhotoScape X for mac is the closest to PSP, while Acorn & a couple of other specialty small apps come in handy for some very fun stuff.
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2017, 07:44:57 am »

Good photo editing apps come with all sorts of special effect plugins and masks. PhotoScape X for mac is the closest to PSP, while Acorn & a couple of other specialty small apps come in handy for some very fun stuff.


Also, it's a good idea to compare to real period photos, just to check what the photographic technology of the time could do. You'd be surprised to see the quality of photos in the late 19th. C:

Right click any photo to zoom

Real photo: Old Main Building (no longer extant). The University of Texas at Austin in 1903

Real Photo: The Capitol Building, Austin, Texas, 1892

Congress Avenue, Austin Texas, ca. 1890

Real photo: My French Great Grandparents who moved from France to Mexico City as Newlyweds in 1889

Real Photo: Aerial photo of Paris World Fair 1889: It has to be a view from an airship  Grin

Real Photo: El Palacio de Hierro ("The Iron Palace") Deparment Store in Mexico City, 1890
The building burned down in 1914
Great period photos of Department stores in Mexico City here: http://www.ruizhealytimes.com/tiendas

Bank of London and Mexico, Mexico City, 1905

Mexican President Porfirio Diaz and First Lady at formal event, prior to the Mexican Civil War of 1910

Cathedral and tramway kiosk/station at Zocalo (Main Plaza) in Mexico City, ca. 1890

And on the "wrong side of the tracks" (a poor neighborhood) in Mexico City, a liquor shop in Tacubaya Burrough, ca. 1885


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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2017, 08:54:47 am »

Been trying to convert some photos into old fashion photos


Mr. Purcell, I just noticed that since you attached the photos using the BG attachment feature, people who are not logged in can't see your photos! You might want to host them in a 3rd party service!

Also of interest are these colorized photos from the 19th C.

http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,38891.msg833353.html#msg833353
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2017, 08:55:27 pm »

Been trying to convert some photos into old fashion photos


Mr. Purcell, I just noticed that since you attached the photos using the BG attachment feature, people who are not logged in can't see your photos! You might want to host them in a 3rd party service!

Also of interest are these colorized photos from the 19th C.

http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,38891.msg833353.html#msg833353


I would but photobucket have stopped basic users from sharing images and flickr is acting up.

I was looking for silver nitrate photos to base my efforts on but google is acting up.

In case you were wondering, no plugins or scripts were used.
The images were desaturated, the threshold was altered, I added the white overlay as a feathered layer and then the yellow was a layered that was made slightly transparent.
All layers were merged and then exported.

Yes, surprisingly the silver nitrate photos of the C19th had some amazing detail.
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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2017, 09:43:02 pm »

Interesting read here
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/03/06/salt-and-silver_n_6801416.html
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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2017, 05:37:45 am »

I would but photobucket have stopped basic users from sharing images and flickr is acting up.
Do you have a Twitter account?  I Tweet my photos and then extract the URL by opening the image in a new page in the browser. For example, the image of my great grandparents has the following URL:

Code:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKjOHHBU8AAysDe.jpg

And just use that in the code  
Code:
[img]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKjOHHBU8AAysDe.jpg[/img]


Now Twitter is using some code to prevent you from copying the URL, and it gives you some sort of JAVA generated URL shortcut that specifies a location in a dierctory (i.e.  and an argument for the type of image (i.e. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKjOHHBU8AAysDe) and then a query for the type of file (png, jpg, bmp, gof), but found out that the shortcut you copy from them can also be embedded exactly like the code above and it works just as well  Grin

For example:
Code:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKBlGuIU8AADIH1?format=jpg&name=small

can be embedded as:
Code:
[img]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKBlGuIU8AADIH1?format=jpg&name=small[/img]

and is the picture below


I also discovered today with the computer at work that Microsoft Explorer is no letting me zoom in the image or view the image alone with a right click... Perhaps that is just because it's an old version of IE (old Windows XP OS). Chrome and Mozilla (as well as most other small browses as Opera) do support the "rirght click" function and allow the image to be isolated from the hyper text code.
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