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Photoshop tutorial – ageing photographs

If you are the kind of person who likes to visit antique shops—or stores posing as antique shops—you may have noticed furniture that is intentionally “antiqued”: recently built pieces that have been “distressed,” and then treated so that they look genuinely old. A point of this kind of distressed furniture operation is to make people think they are buying something old when they are not; however, in many cases people know perfectly well that they are buying modern replicas and just like the antique “look.”

In a similar way, the process of aging a digital photo means intentionally making the photo look old so that it resembles an antique image rather than a contemporary one. This is an effort at aesthetics, not deception. Nobody is really expected to believe that the digital simulation of an old chemical photographic effect, or the digital simulation of “distressing” the image, has produced a genuinely aged artifact. This is all about the appearance of the digital image.…full photoshop tutorial .more

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