Photography, Tutorials

Attempting to Antique an Image

I thought I would have another go at doing another video.  I have tried out a few different sorts of free software, but they are not that great either.  Of course, the most obvious thing would be to buy some software, but I can’t see the point in spending money on software that I don’t really get any benefit from, so either I put up with this crappy software, or rather you do, or I stop doing them and not worry about doing them.

Todays video or screencast I have attempted to show you a different way to make an image look more antique, using an interesting way of making it black and white, or rather monotone, and how to add a texture so it looks like mold or stains on an image.

Please, if you have any questions I will do my best to answer them.

Don’t forget that Public Domain Textures is a great place to get your free textures, or a great place to share them, and we would like to see how you have used the textures.  I added about 30 textures the other day and I have some more rock ones to add today.


  1. This is really cool, but I guess I don’t know enough about what you are doing to actually follow along. The tools you choose are foreign to me and I can’t figure out what you are actually doing? I guess if I had the same software, it might be easier. Like when you said, “add a mask?” I couldn’t figure out what you did or how you did it???
    Maybe you explained it in more detail in one of your earlier videos. Will have to go back and check. :-)
    Good job though!

    • Adding a mask is fairly standard for photoshop, you can also do it in Elements and GIMP. I have done tutorials on similar things I think, you would have to look at the written ones I did, there is a list at the top under Learning Photography.
      You can always ask, I am also open to suggestions for what I should do. Thanks Darla.

  2. Thank you, this is very interesting. There is another artist that makes great use of this technique and maybe you’ve heard of her, namely Sarah Jarett. Have a nice week Leanne.

    • No I haven’t heard of her, I got this technique from Jennifer Hudson, she does this, I quite like it, but I wouldn’t use it for a lot I don’t think, but you never know. I must look up Sarah. Thanks Franco.

  3. This was a masterful tutorial. As you probably know, I do not yet use Photoshop–I’m assuming that is what this program is–but I enjoyed watching the process. Also, I thought the screencast quality was just fine.

    • Thanks, it was Photoshop, I was thinking of using GIMP, but it has too many limitations for me, and I can’t work out how to do some stuff in it. Though, I am pretty sure you could do most of that with Photoshop Elements, I haven’t tried, maybe I should use that for these. The quality of the screencast, you know I paid something like a $100 to WordPress so I could upload videos straight to my blog and the quality is crap, it was so blurry, so I uploaded it to YouTube to see what it would be like and it was fine, so I put the YouTube link there, I don’t think I will be renewing that option.

      • Thanks for this lengthy response. Yes, Photoshop Elements might be a good start for me–perhaps a free trial first. I def want to get into layering. YouTube has very powerful rendering engines. Good move on your part. Have a great day!

      • YOu can do layering in PSE, so that won’t be a problem. I have found if you hunt around you can get it quite cheap, I got it for a friend on Amazon UK for about AUD$67, so it was very affordable. I will do youtube more I think. Let me know if there is anything in particular you would like me to do a video tutorial on, I never know what to do.

      • Thanks for this info. Although I like the software I currently use, it does not do layering. I will soon start a hunt for PSE. Thanks. As for tutorials, I really appreciate the time you take to teach and help out the community. Perhaps when I get PSE I will know more of what I can and cannot do with it and let you know then. However for now, I will watch any tutorial you put up just to learn and get a primer on the program…..

  4. Thank you so much for doing the video, Leanne. It’s great that you want to encourage other photographers to try new things.

    • You’re welcome, it is an interesting thing to do, with the videos, though I don’t know if I will continue them, will see, there doesn’t seem to be much interest in them. I am glad you enjoyed it though.

  5. Hey Leanne – thanks for posting this. I can really identify with your lead-in. For some reason making a videos has eluded me, and like you, I think the free stuff is pretty crappy, but I have also downloaded trial versions of ‘good’ software, and can’t get very far with it. Being able to ‘do’ Photoshop’ and Dreamweaver and some of the the other graphic software does not seem to be enough for me to ‘crack’ video editing software. Perhaps you will write a post about that!

    Many thanks -c-

    • I suppose they want you to buy the software. I had a play with Camstasia, I think it was called, but it was going to cost me $300 to buy, and I couldn’t justify it so I could do the videos for people, and I got nothing back, I know that sounds harsh, but I don’t want to be out of pocket doing this blog. I don’t know if I will continue doing them, they can seem more trouble than they are worth, and I don’t know that many people are really interested in them. I don’t understand what you mean about cracking video editing with photoshop and dreamweaver. I only use photoshop.
      Thanks Christian.

      • Many thanks Leanne! What I meant is that I have worked with programs like Photoshop and Dreamweaver for years, but somehow, working with video editing software seems to have a steeper learning curve for me than those programs had.

      • Oh okay, I get it now. You know what, I don’t think it has anything to do with you, the software is just crap, what is that saying, you get what you pay for. So I wouldn’t take it personally.

  6. Sounds great. Otherwise I’ll be free during the second week of the school holidays (28th sep-5th oct). Hubby is home to have the kids so I’m free!

  7. Have you tried Pixlr-o-matic? Freeware and it has an amazing amount of layers, textures, frames, etc. I use it quite a bit to age images.

    • No I haven’t, though, I have many of my own images now, really like using them, no question then about what you can and can’t use them for. Thanks

  8. That was fun! And you did it all in ‘real-time’–just 06:34! Proficiency does come with lots of practice, Leanne, which you’ve obviously been doing, and you sound so much more sure of yourself than in the older videos (from way-back-when!)!

    • Thanks 1000, it is tough thing to do, but perhaps I will get better at this with time, may be. Though I don’t really know what to do, so not sure I will keep doing them. Will see.

      • I downloaded some ‘scratchy’ brushes some time back, and occasionally will antique an image. If I were really energetic about it, I’d also ‘ruin’ the edges a bit, and put in a fold-over on a corner or two…been wanting to do that for a while, perhaps in the Autumn, when I’ll have more time (Bedbug Patrol occurs several times a day, and I’ve all these little projects that I’m finishing off one by one. Today was stripping a small hallway floor, because every time I washed it, I’d get angry. The painter’s used no dropcloths, spattered the floor, and then ran several coats of varnish over! After more than six years, I decided to make those maddening spots go away–it looks great, I’ll steel wool it smoother and varnish it tomorrow…just a quick project to ease the stress in my life!

      • Quick projects can be really great, I need to do some, but other stuff keeps getting in the way. I like antiquing and have been looking at lots of ways of doing them. I might even start a whole series of images with it. Will see if they work.

      • Yes, the antiquing process is loads of fun–adding/subtracting textures till they look just right. I enjoy ‘playing’ like that, too, Leanne–though my texture files are not nearly as extensive as yours!

      • I don’t seem to be able to stop taking them. I took more today. It is going to be a huge directory by the time I am finished.

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