New photo to old with plug-ins is my favored way of altering a photo. Next time I’ll demonstrate how to do it from PSP. But for now onto making that photo look antique.
I used the following plug-in and textures, just click on them to be taken to site:
VirtualPhotographer by Optikverve Labs (a free plug-in)
Scratch and Frame Box Overlays by Shadowhouse Creations. Free textures and overlays. Please note this is a large psd file. All of the scratches and overlays are on separate layers within the file.
Following the tutorial will be a list of other sites where overlays and textures can be obtained. I have not used any of the other plug-ins so cannot tell you how good they are. Also most require that you purchase it. I have indicated if it is a free product.
First start with opening your photo of choice and duplicate it (control+d). Close the original
Make the necessary corrections to the photo, i.e. curves, levels, make-over, etc. Then duplicate the layer (Layers>Duplicate or right click on layer and chose duplicate).
Make sure top layer is chosen and run VirtualPhotographer. I chose Black and White with the parchment preset. But they have over 200 presets to choose from so go ahead and experiment. You can even make your own and save them. Reduce the opacity. I think I went about 80%. Then merge.
Add new layer.
Open Scratch and Frame Box Overlays. Click on the scratches layer you want to use (I chose Scratches 1). Select all (Control+a) and copy (control+c).
Return to your image and on the new blank layer, select all (control+a) then paste into selection (edit>paste into selection or control+shift+l).
On layers palette change blending mode. I usually stick with multipy, overlay, soft light and burn; but do try out the others as you may find one that works better for you. Here I used overlay with an opacity of 100%.
OPTIONAL: Add another layer and repeat from “Open Scratch and Frame…”; instead add a textured overlay instead of scratches (or chose a different scratch overlay). I used one from Andrea Gold’s Photo Intensity Textures #01. I changed the blend mode to multiply and opacity to 38%.
Apply a selective focus (Photo Effects>Selective Focus)
Apply a vignette (Photo Effects>Vignette)
Apply daguerreotype frame (Image>Picture Frame>Daguerreotype>
If you have an older version of PSP you can also find a photobook type frame.
Mister Retro Machine Wash Deluxe plug-in (adds scratches as well)
Now that you have a start, what effects can you achieve on your aged photos?