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How to make your own vintage postcard

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How to make your own vintage postcard posted by juznobsrvr July 07, 2009 03:11AM reply | quote
posted by juznobsrvr

1. Go out on the street and take a picture of your fancy with your Lensbaby. This will be your main postcard image.

2. Take a picture of that concrete you are standing on. You will need this later on for texture.

3. Download the pictures on your PC or Mac. Open pictures in your Photo Editor (I still use the original version of Adobe Photoshop Elements because I refuse to upgrade – but that’s another story.)

4. Layer the two pictures together. Choose “Normal” for the image you wish to be the postcard. Choose “Overlay” for the image of the concrete. Play around with the slider until it starts to look like a texture. Make sure you’re happy with the result. Flatten the layers and save as either tiff or jpeg. This is now your postcard image composite.

5. Wait we’re not done. Scan an old photo with a border. It does not matter what it is as long as it has a border. Grandpa’s graduation photo that has been gathering dust and cobweb would make a good one. Download that old photo and open it in the same Photo Editor.

6. Resize this image so it’s a bit larger than the postcard image. All you need is the border.

7. Copy the composite postcard image that you just saved and paste it as a layer on the old photo. Re-align the image until it covers Grandpa’s face. Make sure you don’t cover the borders.

8. Flatten the image, save and you’re done. Print the image and send it to Grandpa. Tell him that his portrait is underneath the postcard :)
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[Canon 5d, LBC, f4]

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rob castro

website = [www.justanobserver.com]

blog = [www.juzno.com]
Re: How to make your own vintage postcard posted by RichB July 07, 2009 03:25AM reply | quote
posted by RichB

Rob,

Love your final result -- and thanks for the detailed "how-to"!

Rich
Re: How to make your own vintage postcard posted by shurla5 July 07, 2009 08:05AM reply | quote
posted by shurla5

Great instructions, thanks.
Re: How to make your own vintage postcard posted by juznobsrvr July 08, 2009 09:39AM reply | quote
posted by juznobsrvr

rich, thanks for encouraging words.
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shurla, thanks for looking and kind comments.
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always glad to share tips and techniques.

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rob castro

website = [www.justanobserver.com]

blog = [www.juzno.com]



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/08/2009 09:40AM by juznobsrvr.
Re: How to make your own vintage postcard posted by michel July 08, 2009 10:11PM reply | quote
posted by michel

I am going to try this!
Re: How to make your own vintage postcard posted by Mark Wade July 08, 2009 11:22PM reply | quote
posted by Mark Wade

nice tutorial...awesome results
Re: How to make your own vintage postcard posted by oliver tudoras July 09, 2009 03:04AM reply | quote
posted by oliver tudoras

agree with Mark - nice tutorial and great tzreatment...very well done

oliver

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Re: How to make your own vintage postcard posted by kmac July 09, 2009 06:24AM reply | quote
posted by kmac

agree with above - really like the resulting image.
Re: How to make your own vintage postcard posted by juznobsrvr July 12, 2009 01:41PM reply | quote
posted by juznobsrvr

michelle, mark, ollie and kmac, i truly appreciate your encouraging and kind words. thanks.

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website = [www.justanobserver.com]

blog = [www.juzno.com]
Re: How to make your own vintage postcard posted by lazar July 12, 2009 02:55PM reply | quote
posted by lazar

Beautiful result and great idea

Lazar
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Re: How to make your own vintage postcard posted by ndroo July 12, 2009 05:24PM reply | quote
posted by ndroo

Cool! Thanks for sharing.

fUzzYeYebAlls
Re: How to make your own vintage postcard posted by juznobsrvr July 14, 2009 04:24AM reply | quote
posted by juznobsrvr

much appreciated, lazar and ndroo. thanks so much.

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website = [www.justanobserver.com]

blog = [www.juzno.com]

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