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    Making a photo look old

    I was fiddeling around with a photo trying to make it look old.
    So far this is what I came up with. I'm not yet happy with the result but I don't exactely know what to do. Bassically when I try something new like this I end up with a photo with quite overdone effects. I was wondering if you could give me some tips. Feel free to try it yourself.
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    Re: Old looking

    How about a sepia look?

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    Re: Old looking

    Jeroen

    Go back to your original image (unedited) If you shot it in RAW so much the better. There is a lot of noise in the shot - especially the sky and water, probably where you tried to age it. I used a Sepia filter from OptikVerve filters (Virtual Photographer) which are FREE (I can never get over that). Select the BW section and the Sepia filter and adjust contrast etc. It's easy. http://www.optikvervelabs.com/

    If you have Photoshop you can do this sort of thing using the Duotones options, but you need a bit more skill.

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    Re: Old looking

    I have Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro which has a wonderful Grain Engine which can be selected to match a film type or adjusted for the effect. Here is your image rendered with a nice old looking heavy film grain, with toning, and vignette (All done within the Silver Efex plug in):

    Making a photo look old

    Now, if you go to Google image search and run a search for "old paper", you can find examples of ancient papers, torn, stained, discolored. Here is my Silver Efex Pro with a torn paper that I saved off a while back just for distressing modern photos for an antique look:

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    All in Photoshop, For the torn paper, I resize the paper image to match the source photo, color select the white "missing" area and save this selection. In the source image I load the selection, ensure the background color is white and perform a cut, which removes the areas of the image where the paper is missing. I then select, copy and paste the photo as a layer on the paper image, Move this layer below the paper and set the paper layer to softlight.
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    Re: Old looking

    Thanks for your tips.
    I used them to make a better version of the previous one (that's what I think about it)

    @carregwen
    top tip, thank you very much! It's absolutely brilliant.

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