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Part 12. Just for Fun > Getting an Antique Look

Getting an Antique Look

Of course, “antique” is relative to your age--or the ages of the relatives you want to transform. In this case, decreasing the saturation setting creates a look of old, faded Kodachrome. Adding Film Grain enhances the realism, and the Feather effect on the border adds to the impression of a faded snapshot.

With a photo in the active image window, choose Enhance, Adjust Color, Adjust Hue/Saturation.

Decrease the Saturation and adjust the Lightness as seems appropriate.

Click OK.


Fading and Sepia

Decreasing Saturation can create a monochrome picture, but one that still contains color information. You can then apply Color Variations to get a sepia effect. By contrast, choosing Image, Mode, Grayscale discards all color.


Remove Color Command

An alternative conversion to grayscale that still preserves color information is the command Enhance, Adjust Color, Remove Color, which makes red, green, and blue values equal and reduces Saturation to zero.

Choose Filter, Artistic, Film Grain.

Adjust the sliders for effect, such as increasing the Grain size.

Click OK.


Film Grain

This same type of filter can be applied in the Adobe After Effects application to make your DV movies look like film.

Choose the Rectangular Marquee tool, or press M.

Click and drag to size a border around the picture.

Choose Select, Feather.

Click OK.


Feather Radius

In step 10, remember that the size of the Feather effect is proportional to Image Size in pixels. For example, you may have to increase the Radius value to make the effect more obvious.

Choose Select, Inverse, or press Shift+Ctrl+I.

Choose Edit, Delete.

Choose Select, Deselect ,or press Ctrl+D .



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