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Harry H
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Anyone know how to make photos look old (photo paper style)? A victrian print on nice Fuji paper doesn't quite do it,lol!
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Don't waste your time, just go on Ebay and look for old photos. I just bought one of an old guy with the most piercing eyes....it's scary by itself. I'll see if I can find the sellers name......they had tons of them.
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Dip the pic in water (WARM) a film will start to peel, take it off, it's a semi transparent colored picture...get urself a thick brown paper (you can find them at any stationary shop...) glue that thin film to that paper...shove it in a clothes dryer and give it a couple of spins with coins and other small objects and voila! (ah but do remember to edited in photoshop or the likes and turn it kinda yellowish and add a bit of "dust" and scratches to it before printing it)

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Yes, you can edit any photograph in Adobe Photoshop to give it an antique look and then you need to distress the print. I'm sure that as a photographer you would know how to do that. However as T-RAY says you can purchase old photographs very cheap. It's always best to use the real thing if possible.

Of course if you need a VERY specific item in the photograph then you will have to make your own. For example a photograph of a grave and the writing CHANGES during your story. You would need to have 2 photographs, one of which has been manuipulated in PS.

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Harry H
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Black Hart what you mentioned is what the routine consists of.I have the second image but need to have it look old.Also have bought original photo from ebay,so thanks.
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If you are printing the photo yourself, use Black and White paper, matte finish, and when done with the primary develop/rinse/fix process get out the Sepia toner. it is a seperate step after all the other printing is done.
Also, if you are processing at home, you can get by without the matte paper, as most papers do not get truly glossy unless you put them onto the nice shiny polished dryer metal sheet.
If you want a tintype sort of image, then look into the brush on emulsion (I think one can still buy it) and use sheets of tin.
The hard part is that with the advent of digital cameras, there are fewer sources for actual photographic materials and supplies. I fear having to use the PLI and start mixing my own solutions from scratch soon!
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Good advice Kay ,although I am digital Im afraid.I bought a pic off ebay-Victorian,scanned it and manipulated it with Photoshop,but as I said its printing it so it looks on old paper that's the prob!
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Harry H,
I'm not certain, but if you leave newspaper in the sun it will age quickly.
Also, tea will dye things to look older.
So if you sprinkled a sheet of Printer Photo paper with tea and sun baked it for a while maybe it would age it.
I have aged regular paper in an electric oven.
It seems to me that aging the paper before the print might be the way to go.
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I would suggest using some paper form an art tablet then, it will run through the printer with little trouble, I use Bristol art pages all the time for props and game supplies (Thank you HPLS)
For an aged effect, some time in the oven will do amazing things- just toss it on the shelf when next you bake a tater I did a great 1860's newsprint photo, dry and crumbly in the oven...(unless you only microwave)
If you age the paper before printing, the look will just not be right, if you are using an inkjet, doing the whole thing, sans tea, or very careful application of tea, should do okay. Just use the sepia feature in photoshop for the warm tone ink look. The dilema is that silver halides take on a distinctive sheen as they age, and that will be hard to re-create. This should only be a problem if you have an audience and participants who are old enough to have spent much time around "real" photographs, as opposed to digital pictures/prints.
Check the local art store for a tablet of paper that meets the paper style you want, charcoal/watercolor/sketch, etc. cut the page size to fit your printer, then feed it through, and have fun!
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Thanks K! Smile
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