Older than the Old-Photo Script-fu
Posted 24 May 2006 - 12:45 PM
*Sigh* I'll never get those 3 hours of my life back.....Now, I want to give back to the GIMPTalk community that has taught me so much about the GIMP.
This Tut will show you how to make a photo look old, cracked, and weathered. I did a search and could find no such technique. So, I played around with some settings and then made this Tut with GIMP v.2.2.11.
First, open your photo with GIMP. Umm, make sure that you are working in RGB. Here is a picture of my daughter. I put a digital watch into the frame for some anachronistic irony.
In the photo's window open Script-Fu-->Decor-->Old Photo. I used the default settings except for the Border, which I lowered to 10. You should have a new copy of your picture, like this:
Looks nice and old, yes? Well, we're going to age it some more now. In the Layer window (CTRL+L) create a new layer. Name it 'Cracked Up.' Set the Layer Fill Type as Transparency.
Toggle your FG/BG colors so that FG=White and BG=Black.
The rest of the work will be done on the Cracked Up Layer. In the old photo's window open Filters-->Distorts-->Mosaic. Set the settings as shown below.
In the Layers window set the Cracked Up Layer Mode to Overlay. Move the Opacity Slider to 80. Lastly, open the Filters-->Enhance-->Unsharp Mask and use these settings:
Now, your photo should look like this:
It's a previously undiscovered photo of my daughter's great-great grandmother from the Old Country! The resemblence is striking.
I look forward to seeing your old photos. I also welcome any constructive criticism.
Posted 24 May 2006 - 03:53 PM
I don't know if that would look any better at all, I'm just brainstorming here. Maybe I'll try it tonight when I'm bored... :P
Posted 26 May 2006 - 11:47 AM
Yeah, the Mosaic Filter is a bit too regularly irregular. Looks unnatural. Nevon, do you have a brush that would do the trick?
Anyway, thanks for reading.
Posted 31 May 2006 - 12:30 AM
I decided that the look that I wanted was like dried mud. So I found a good picture of an old ship and a good picture of dried mud and merged them like so:
I ran the Old Photo Script on the picture of the old ship.
I then added a new layer and pasted in the picture of the dried mud. Then I set the dried mud layer to Overlay. A lot simpler than using the Mosaic, for sure.
I think it looks better, do you?
Okay, this technique is not going to Pimp your siggy or make it more 1337, but it may be of some interest to those of you that use the GIMP for photomanipulation.
Posted 31 May 2006 - 02:14 AM
Posted 31 May 2006 - 02:53 AM
Posted 10 June 2006 - 02:27 PM
I play too many video games....
EDIT: Picture doesn't count either. I was too lazy to look for a stock image so I just pulled up a render and made some fake realistic fake water