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    Do any of you have any favorite programs for altering a photo to make it look "old"? Are there any freeware programs out there or less expensive programs?

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    Re: Creating an "Old" photo

    Originally posted by Pvt_Davis_20th_Maine
    Do any of you have any favorite programs for altering a photo to make it look "old"? Are there any freeware programs out there or less expensive programs?
    Not sure if you mean "old" as in a photo which has been around for 100 years or "old" as in "old-timey" which would be more appropriate for a photo being used as a LH item. (Although if that is the case, then modern printing methods will not be accurate at all). In either case, there is a very good photo manipulation program called The GIMP. It has nearly all the functionality of PhotoShop but has the benefit of being totally free. It is available for many platforms (Mac, Windows, Linux, etc) and can be found here.

    It won't have anything called "old photo" as a setting, but with the various properties you can pretty much do what you want to an image.
    Bruce Hoover
    Palmetto Living History Assoc.

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      Re: Creating an "Old" photo

      Bruce,
      Thank you very much for that info....free is exactly what I was looking for.
      Thanks again

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        Re: Creating an "Old" photo

        Find a good wetplate artist
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        Robert Johnson

        "Them fellers out thar you ar goin up against, ain't none of the blue-bellied, white-livered Yanks and sassidge-eatin'forrin' hirelin's you have in Virginny that run atthe snap of a cap - they're Western fellers, an' they'll mighty quick give you a bellyful o' fightin."



        In memory of: William Garry Co.H 5th USCC KIA 10/2/64 Saltville VA.

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          Re: Creating an "Old" photo

          Greetings,

          Here's a semi-famous story from many years ago: To create a 19th century look for a photo to be used on a record (remember them?) cover, the photographer simply soaked the photo in coffee and then stomped the living daylights out of it. The "period effect" reportedly produced was amazing.

          I'm not saying you have to do this but it might be worth a try just to see what happens.

          Regards,

          Mark Jaeger
          Regards,

          Mark Jaeger

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            Re: Creating an "Old" photo

            Originally posted by markj
            Greetings,

            Here's a semi-famous story from many years ago: To create a 19th century look for a photo to be used on a record (remember them?) cover, the photographer simply soaked the photo in coffee and then stomped the living daylights out of it. The "period effect" reportedly produced was amazing.

            I'm not saying you have to do this but it might be worth a try just to see what happens.

            Regards,

            Mark Jaeger
            I know a guy (jerk) that took his WW2 reenacting pants and baked them in the oven along with some other goofy things. He later sold them on Ebay for @ $900.

            Do not try this at home!
            Robert Johnson

            "Them fellers out thar you ar goin up against, ain't none of the blue-bellied, white-livered Yanks and sassidge-eatin'forrin' hirelin's you have in Virginny that run atthe snap of a cap - they're Western fellers, an' they'll mighty quick give you a bellyful o' fightin."



            In memory of: William Garry Co.H 5th USCC KIA 10/2/64 Saltville VA.

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