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    step by step antique/grunge effects using layers

    In the critique forum GB1 suggested I post something to show how I achieved the results for Orchid art. It was actually a lot of hit and miss experimentation and I didn't save the file before merging the layers so I'm not sure of the exact settings used. Instead, I've picked another photo and documented the steps all the way through, so the process is maybe a little more concise and understandable for others. All the same principles apply to both photos, but the adjustments (and therefore results) are nearly infinite. This is not meant to be an EXACT how-to tutorial, but more of a starting point to get your imagination going in it's own direction.


    Applying texture overlays to get a more dramatic effect


    Start by selecting the images you think you want to use.
    In this case, kind of a ho-hum arched walkway in downtown Ft Lauderdale, a large rock I happened to see in my travels, and the concrete they are getting ready to refinish outside the building I live in.



    1) Rotate and level the background image



    2) Copy the rock image and paste as new layer, then set blend mode to screen and reduce the opacity (in this case 71%).



    3) Blur this layer out (Gaussian - radius 5+/- or whatever) [note: see step 7!]



    4) To counteract the sceen layer lightening the image too much, duplicate the screen layer, and set blend mode to Burn, further reduce opacity to suit (in this case 43%) and blur it further.

    5) Copy the third image and paste as a new layer. set blend mode to overlay and reduce opacity until you can still see it, but it's not overly obtrusive (in this case 79%)



    6) Take the eraser, set to large with a hardness of 0 and randomly remove portions of the layer containing the third layer to taste.



    7) I've decidded that the image is way too orange, and want to get it back to something more believable, so I returned to layer one (the orange rock and applied sepia toning set to age 60 yrs. This keeps the warmth but loses the orange cast.



    8) Use the paint brush at different sizes/densities/opacities to add highlights, keeping in mind that each layer will produce a different result with the same brush (screen/burn/overlay)



    9) At this point it's time to adjust contrast overall color, highlight/midtone/shadow, saturation, etc. Not sure about photoshop, but in PSP X2 there is a "smart photofix" that works suprisingly well at allowing you to adjust most of these paramiters all at the same time. You can do this layer by layer or all at once, so for the sake of brevity, merge all layers (flatten)



    10) Make the bulk of the adjustments (manually or automatically)

    11) The image may still look a little more muddy than you'd like, so try bumping the contrast to define the "grunge"



    12) Crop, resize, sharpen, done... :thumbsup:
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    Re: step by step antique/grunge effects using layers

    This is not meant to be an EXACT how-to tutorial, but more of a starting point to get your imagination going in it's own direction.
    Wow! what a cool effect. Opens up all kind's of ideas.
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    Re: step by step antique/grunge effects using layers

    Jetrim - Thanks for posting such a detailed tutorial! I need to sit down and try this out from start to finish. I wish there were more hrs in the day.

    Quote Originally Posted by jetrim
    It was actually a lot of hit and miss experimentation and I didn't save the file before merging the layers so I'm not sure of the exact settings used.
    This is funny, because I often do the same thing. I wonder if there's some function in Photoshop and/or Corel PhotoPaint that records your editing steps so that you can view exactly what you did up to that point? I'm also looking for a similar list from when you apply one of the "Auto" methods in PS or Corel. Seems like a good way to learn and also to slightly modify the effects added by an Auto function.

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    Re: step by step antique/grunge effects using layers

    GB,
    *IF* you remember to save the file as a PSP file, you can open the history window that shows on the right side of most of the screenshots above and see step by step. You can also go back to any previous step and surgically remove/redo that step, or everything in a range of steps. Supposedly there is a way to save these steps (and ranges) as scripts which can be re-executed later as a single click, but I have not gotten into it that far yet. If I figure it out, I'll post it here.

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