A blog containing photographs, ideas, discussion and image manipulation tutorials from incurable hippie, a disabled photographer in the north of England. All this, plus inspiration from others' photographic work, and technical aspects of photography.

24 July 2007

BBC Britain in Pictures

The BBC had a recent series on BBC4, called Britain in Pictures, where photographers were encouraged to send in their photos of Britain's buildings. For recent weeks, a 'red button' channel on the BBC's digital network has been showing some of the pictures, in rotation, that members of the public have submitted.

I was rather overjoyed to find that (at least) 3 of my photos were shown on TV.

These were:

Manor Lodge, Sheffield
2007 06 13 083_edited-1

Hutton's Buildings, Sheffield
Hutton's Buildings, Sheffield

and Scarborough Castle
Scarborough Castle

04 July 2007

Making a Modern Photo Look 'Vintage' using Elements.

Turning this:
100_4001

into this:
100_4001_edited-final



  1. Open the image you want to work on

  2. Check you are working in 'RGB' mode (Image > Mode >RGB)

  3. Duplicate background layer

  4. Window > Artwork & Effects

  5. In the Artwork & Effects palette on the right, choose the third icon along, then below, choose Photo Effects and Image Effects

  6. Highlight 'Tint Sepia' and drag the highlighted icon onto your image

  7. Filter > Noise > Add Noise

  8. Alter this as appropriate

  9. Bottom left - set foreground colour to a cream colour

  10. Layer > Fill Layer > Solid Colour
  11. Select the cream colour you chose. OK

  12. With your Colour Fill layer highlighted, but its 'eye' icon deselected (so you are working on the fill layer, but can't see it), use Elliptical Marquee Tool to draw an oval around the part of the image to be framed. Use the arrow keys to move the shape around

  13. Select > Feather > 25 (or so, experiment!)

  14. Make sure the Colour Fill layer is selected, and select the 'eye' icon to its left, then Edit > Delete

  15. This will show you the image in sepia, surrounded by a cream frame

  16. When you are happy, Select > Deselect

  17. If the framed image is off-centre, then Layer > Merge Down will merge the frame and sepia layers

  18. Highlight Background Copy layer and Fill Layer as before, using exactly the same Foreground colour which should still be selected

  19. Reselect sepia framed layer and select the Move tool. Move the image to a central point, then deselect

  20. Layer > Flatten image

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