Select a photo that complements the antique effect – these tend to be posed rather than natural shots – as this was the way photos were taken in the past.
Click on the Edit button in the bottom-right of the iPhoto window to bring up the editing pane. You can choose between the Quick Fixes, Edit and Adjust tabs.
Under the Adjust tab, drag the saturation slider to
the left to remove some of the vivid colour from the photo. Be sure to uncheck ‘Avoid saturating skin tones’.
Repeat the saturation step for the contrast and exposure – subtly lowering both of these will make your photo seem like it was taken on an older camera.
Drag the temperature slider towards the yellow/orange area. This will give the photo a slight sepia effect, reminiscent of antique photos.
Under the Effects tab, click on the ‘Warmer’ button
a few times to enhance the sepia tone. If you find it’s looking too vivid, click the ‘Cooler’ button to counter it.
Another way to ensure that your photos don’t end up looking too vivid is to use the Fade effect. Click on the arrows that appear to adjust the intensity of the effect.
Click on the Vignette effect to add a darker, faded border around the edge. This reflects older processing where photos didn’t always come out perfectly.
Finally, click on the Edge Blur effect to add a subtle blur to the edges of your photo. This might not always look right but can really add to the antique look.
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