Sunday, April 30, 2006

Instant Classic

Transforming an old photograph into one that looks as though it was taken with one of today's top-of-the-line digital SLRs is relatively easy in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and other image-editing programs. You'll find many retouching and restoration articles on the topic on the web and in photography and Photoshop magazines.
By Rick Sammon Published in Quick Fix

Before You can also age a photograph by applying the Sepia Toning Action. Here, I made a picture I took of a cowboy in Texas look as though it was taken way before digital cameras were invented. In taking this picture, as with every picture I take, I try to envision, or visualize, possible end-result —keeping in mind that, for me, photography is a 50-50 deal: 50-percent image capture and 50-percent Photoshop work.


BorderedFor an even older, tattered look, I added the Acid Burn frame, one of countless frames in PhotoFrame (, a Photoshop plug-in. When composing a picture with a digital frame in mind, leave some "dead space" around the subject; otherwise, the frame will cut into the subject.

Before After you apply one Action, you can continue to apply other Actions to your images. To make my Great Wall of China picture look as though it was taken on a rainy day shortly after the completion of this Wonder of the World, I applied both the Aged Photo Action and the Light Rain Action.

Okay, it's your turn to move into action—or should I say Actions!

Rick Sammon is the author of
The Complete Guide to Digital Photography and Digital Imaging Workshops. He also recently produced four interactive DVDs: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3-Minute Makeovers; Photoshop CS 3-Minute Makeovers: Awaken the Artist Within; Close Encounters with Camera Raw; and Rick Sammon's Travel and Nature Photography Tips, Tricks and Techniques. Visit with Rick, and see clips of some of his television programs, at

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