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On Using Paintshop Pro To Age Photos

Posted by on March 5, 2014

On using Paintshop Pro to age photos, I will show you four ways to use PSP’s built in plug-ins to age photos.

Before we start please refer to New Photos to Old with Plug-Ins for links to plug-ins and textures, if you have not downloaded them already.

Just like we did in the above referenced post we are going to first start with opening your photo of choice and duplicate it (control+d). Close the original

New Photo to Old with Plug-ins

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).

New Photo to Old with Plug-ins

Corrected

First up is the Time Machine which is in Photo Effects. I chose the Platinum preset and lowered the opacity to 80%. Next I open Scratch and Frame Box Overlays psd. Click on the scratches layer you want to use (I chose Scratches 4). Select all (Control+a) and copy (control+c). Make a new top layer on origingal, edit>paste into selection. I changed blending mode to overlay and left opacity at 100%. I added one more layer, opening Andrea Gold’s Photo Intensity Textures #01, following same instructions for the scratched. I changed the blend mode to multiply and opacity to 38%

On Using Paintshop Pro To Age Photos

The Time Machine

In the second example, I used Sepia Toning under Photo Effects set to Slight Age. Lowered the opacity to 80%. Using Scratches 2 from the Scratch and Frame Box Overlays psd, I selected all and copied. Then on the original I made a new top layer, selected all and edit>paste into selection. But instead of changing the blending mode I decided to just lower the opacity to 71%. Then on making another top layer and following previous instructions, I used Scratches 1 and used the soft light blending mode.

On Using Paintshop Pro To Age Photos

Sepia Toning

The third example is using the Infrared Film in the Photo Effects, with Strenght at 70; Flare at 30 and grain at 30. And once again lowering the opacity to 80%. Using Scratches 3 from the Scratch and Frame Box Overlays psd, I selected all and copied. Then on the original I made a new top layer, selected all and edit>paste into selection. No changes made to this layer. For top layer I used the Scratched and Foggy Film from Scratch and Frame Box Overlays psd, I selected all and copied. Then on the original I made a new top layer, selected all and edit>paste into selection. I then applied the hard light mode and reduced the opacity to 24%.

On Using Paintshop Pro To Age Photos

Infrared Effect

The last example uses the Aged Newspaper under Effects>Artistic Effects, with the aging set to 5. And once again lowering the opacity to 80%. Next I used a commercial use paper overlay by Created by Jill. I selected all and copied. Then on the original I made a new top layer, selected all and edit>paste into selection. Changed the move to Overlay and the opacity to 59%. But instead of using any Scratches from the Scratch and Frame Box Overlays psd, I tried out the Aged Film 2, then I selected all and copied. Then on the original I made a new top layer, selected all and edit>paste into selection. I did change the blending mode to overlay. I think I have to admit, I’m kind of favoring this one

On Using Paintshop Pro To Age Photos

Using Aged Newspaper effect

Tips and Tricks:You know what you want the opacity to be but are tired of trying to get it with the slider? Double click on the layer and its dialogue box will open up and you can change it just by typing in the number.

If you want to make repairs to older photos, you might want to check out Scratch My Back and On the straight path.

Now that we have tried out various techniques to age photos, I am here to remind you, that all is flexible. Move the layers around. Use different settings. Use different opacities (I have been using the same photo throughout and 80% just works, it will probably be different for you.) Go on the web and search for free overlays and textures. The sites I had links to were only just a few of the many that are out there. Play, have fun. Which one is your favorite technique?

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