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Learn iPhoto Week: Make your own antique effect

Combine editing tools to create an even better antique style in Learn iPhoto Week: Part 3 (Return of the iPhoto)

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Main ImageiPhoto has some powerful one-step effects – with the click of your mouse your Mac can give your photo a complete makeover. The built-in antique effect is great for giving your photos a quick aged-look, but it can sometimes be overkill and look a little fake. Using iPhoto’s range of editing tools, you can combine different techniques to create your own, more realistic- looking antique effect for your favourite snaps. As with anything that involves creating your own effects, it can often be a case of trial and error when it comes to creating something that looks both aged and authentic, but we’ll show you the best techniques to give your photos a great retro look. If you find the perfect effect combination you can add it to any image you like.Tutorial Header

Step 11: Find a photo

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.

Step 22: Open the edit

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.

Step 33: De-saturate

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’.

Step 44: Low contrast

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.

Step 55: Turn up the heat

Drag the temperature slider towards the yellow/orange area. This will give the photo a slight sepia effect, reminiscent of antique photos.

Step 66: Warmer and warmer

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.

Step 77: Fading out

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.

Step 88: Add a vignette

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.

Step 99: A bit of a blur

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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