22 November 2010

A quick and easy Vintage look in PhotoShop

I have had a few requests recently on how to give an image that cool vintage look so here is how its done.

Now before I start I'd like to note that this is just one method of many. The look is totally subjective and as the photographer it is up to you to tweak the setting to your taste. I like this method for it's simplicity and effectiveness, plus as its on a separate layer I can reduce, blend or mask it to taste.

With an image open in Photoshop go to the Layers Menu and select "New Adjustment Layer" then select "Levels". This will create a levels adjustment on a separate layer, as seen to the left.
Using adjustment layers is a good way to work in Photoshop as it allows you the flexibility to change your mind or tweak the adjustment further down your workflow.

 From the Layers adjustment pallet the channel drop down menu from "RGB" to "Blue"(Feel free to experiment with other channels to create other looks and feels)

Now adjust the "Output levels" of the Blue channel by increasing the Blue shadows and decreasing the Blue highlights (increasing yellow), as shown to the left. The values I used are not fixed in stone, your image may require a slightly different adjustment so experiment until you are happy.

Well thats is, it definitely adds allot of drama to an otherwise ordinary image.  Let me know how you get on and please drop me an email if there is anything you would like me to cover in future blogs. www.printwild.co.za

18 November 2010

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15 November 2010

The classic photo frame

Our latest product is the classic photo frame. You can see it on line at http://www.printwild.co.za/photographic_frame/classic_photo_frame.php .

The classic framed photo uses a flat slightly textured frame profile available in coffee bean, black and white. We use either a 44mm frame profile for A2 and smaller images and a 55mm frame profile for larger than A2 framed images. The matt board is a standard matt white and ranges from 50mm to 85mm thick depending on the size of the image.

Upload your favourite images, choose the frame profile colour that best suits your room and have the complete work of art delivered to your door.

12 November 2010

09 November 2010

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Hi Paul

 Thank you so much for delivering the print yesterday - im very impressed with the quality of the print and the extra service.


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04 November 2010

Using Tutorials to Get Your Head Around New Software

Recently I wanted to make a switch to Adobe Lightroom 3; I was heading on a shoot and had time to get some online tuition whilst en route to the location.

I have always found www.lynda.com a fantastic resource for getting good quality tuition. There is a monthly fee with www.lynda.com that allows you a pretty free rein to get up to speed with new technology really fast. The Lightroom 3 essentials are presented by Chris Orwig who, apart from seeming like a great guy, really acquaints you with all that the package has to offer. For further information, go to: http://www.lynda.com/home/DisplayCourse.aspx?lpk2=59972. You will see all the lessons there.

Lucky me - my shoot was in Zanzibar. These are two of my favourite images that I took whilst staying at the amazing Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel (www.rasnungwi.com).

01 November 2010

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Hello Paul,

Just a quick thank you to say I received my images today and I\'m very pleased. Beautiful quality and nicely packaged. Many thanks to you and your team.


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