Posts Tagged ‘vintage’
Want to add a vintage effect to your photos? digiKam has all the tools you need to turn your digital snapshots into vintage masterpieces. Open the photo you want for editing, adjust exposure, white balance, and tweak other settings as you would usually do. The first step in the “aging” process is to add film grain to the photo. To do this, choose Effects → Add Film Grain. There are a lot of parameters you can configure, but you don’t have to enable and tweak them all. You can start with adjusting the Grain Size parameter as well as trying different values for parameters in the Luminance Noise section. You can preview the result at any time using the Try button. Next step is to tweak the color balance to make the photo look aged. One way to do this is to tweak the color balance settings, so the photo looks washed out with a slightly yellow cast imitating aged photo paper. Choose Color → Color Balance and adjust the Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow parameters to achieve the desired result.
The exact values for each parameter depend on the given photo and your personal taste, but you can start with the following values:
To make the vintage effect even more realistic, add vignetting to the photo. Choose Enhance → Lens → Vignetting Correction, tick the Add Vignetting check box and adjust the available parameters to your liking. Finally, sharpen the photo using Enhance → Sharpen to make the film grain more pronounced, and you are done.
If you happen to use the Chrome or Chromium browser and you are looking for an easy way to spice up your photos with vintage effects, the Lomo+ web app is right up your alley. Using the app, you can apply a wide range of high-quality vintage effects to any photo on the web without leaving the convenience of your browser.
Once installed, Lomo+ adds the Modify in Lomo+ command to the right-click context menu, and you can use this command to open a photo in a web page in the Lomo+ editor. While Lomo+ cannot open photos stored on your machine, you can work around this limitation by uploading the photo you want to give a makeover to Flickr or any other photo sharing service, and then open the full-size version of the photo in Lomo+. The Lomo+ editor puts 12 artistic vintage effects right at your fingertips. Click on the effect you like, and you will see the result almost instantaneously (the time it takes to process the photo depends, of course, on its size). To save the processed photo, use the Save Image command. Right-click then on the generated thumbnail and save the photo on your machine. That’s all there is to it.
You can emulate different vintage photo effects in GIMP, but usually this is a rather laborious and time-consuming process that requires some editing chops. Fortunately, the Film Imitation Lab (FIL) script lets you turn plain snaps into eye-popping vintage photos with a minimum of effort.
To install FIL on Linux, download the latest release of the script, unpack the downloaded archive, and move two .scm files from the resulting folder to the ~/.gimp.2.6/scripts directory. Some of the FIL script’s functionality depends on two plugins: Fix-CA and G’MIC. The Fix-CA script is distributed as a C source file, so you have to compile it yourself. To do this, install the required development library. On Debian and Ubuntu, this can be done by executing the following command as root:
apt-get install libgimp2.0-dev
Once the library has been installed, run the gimptool-2.0 –install fix-ca.c command to compile and install the Fix-CA plugin. Next, grab the G’MIC plugin for your platform, unpack the downloaded archive and move the gmic_gimp file from the resulting folder to the ~/.gimp.2.6/plugins directory. Launch GIMP and choose Filters » RSS » FIL check plugins to make sure that all the required plugins are installed properly. FIL is now ready to go. Open the desired photo in GIMP and launch FIL by choosing Filters » RSS » FIL.
The FIL script breaks photo processing into three stages: correcting color, adding grain, and applying vignetting. If specified, the script can also perform exposure correction, which is done prior to applying any effects.
The FIL dialog window lets you specify settings for each stage of the process. To apply color effects, tick the Colorcorrection stage check box and select the desired preset from the Color process drop-down list. To give the photo a distinctive vintage look, FIL lets you add grain to it. Enable the Grane stage option and select a grain type from the Grain process drop-down list. Which color process preset and grain type to choose depends on your taste and the given photo, and the best way to find out which combination works best for the current photo is to try them all.
Vignetting (dark corners at the edges of the photo) is often considered a problem, but it can also be used as a creative effect that draws attention to the main subject on the photo. To add vignetting to the photo using FIL, tick the Enable vignette check box and adjust the available parameters.
To make the vintage effect even more realistic, you can add a lens defect effect to the photo by enabling the Border blur feature which does exactly what its name says: it adds blur typical for defective or low-quality lenses to the borders of the photo.
Enabling the Write options in layer’s name option saves the selected color process preset and grain type as the name of the current layer. Choose, for example, the SOV: normal preset and the Sulfide: grunge grain type, and FIL sets the layer name to -c SOV: normal -g Sulfide: grunge. This feature can come in handy for keeping track of the settings you used for the given photo. If the current photo consists of several layers, make the layer you want to use with FIL visible and tick the Work with visible check box.
Once you’re happy with the settings, press the OK button and the script transforms the original image into a vintage photo based on the specified settings.
While you can use FIL to tweak individual photos, the script also allows you to batch process multiple images in one fell swoop. To process several photos, choose Filters » RSS » FIL Batch, specify the source and target directories, and tweak the settings for each stage. Alternatively, you can tick the Random mode check box. In this case, FIL will use random color process presets and grain types for each photo in the batch. Press OK and the script does the rest.