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    Heritage Projects

    Hello Hello Happy Scrappers, Farrah here with this week's History lessons. Part I of our class will cover editing old photos. I recently put together a GIANT heritage album for my family. My aunt had been collecting a treasure trove of old photos, letters, recipes, documents covering a century of family history. We had also both done a ton of research on Ancestry.com. When she asked me for help and when the boxes kept arriving, to be honest, I felt overwhelmed and didn't know where to begin. Here are the steps I took to getting this project moving:

    1. Turning it all DIGITAL! Ok...this task was quite daunting, but completely necessary. I scanned in each photo, document, ephemera, etc. onto an external hard drive that I'd dedicated to the project.

    2. Organization is key. I decided that I wanted to present the final project to show each generation, so I organized each file into a folder based on the generation and family tree branch.

    3. Scrapbook Layouts. At first, I thought that I would try to format the pages similarly, or use templates, but then decided that I'd get bored with that, so I made each page as I went...often using templates or scraplifting, etc. Hey...at this point, whatever it takes to get it done, right?

    So...Yes...Heritage Projects can be overwhelming, but just take it one step at a time. Now...on to our Lesson!


    Editing Photos

    Heritage photos
    When working with older photos, the quality of the photos can vary immensely. You might find faded, folded, or even torn photos. It's best to work carefully with them, as to avoid further damage. Often times, these "defects" make the photos and layouts more charming, adding to the heritage feel of the page. Other times, those 1970s faded polaroids just need a little help. For really old photos, I highly reccommend using them as best you can and leave in those fold marks or tears. They'll look great! For photos that you feel need some editing help, try to add more contrast and adjust the white balance. To be honest, even these aren't going to look like the digital photos of today. Embrace this and try to use elements that fit the mood. If you really MUST help fix the photo, here are a few tips:

    1. Black and White - Converting to black and white photos can really help photos that have horrible white balance, as well as adding contrast. Black and white photos can also isolate the subject, making anything distracting in the background less noticeable.

    2. Repair- The content aware alghorithms in photoshop have come soooo far and are great at fixing folds, tears, and red-eye reduction spots.

    Here is one of the pages from my heritage album. I'm in love with old photos as they are so charming!


    Family-047 by farrahj, on Flickr


    Older digital photos
    Do you ever look back at a photo from several years ago and wish it were in better shape? The technology is improving by leaps and bounds every year, so don't worry too much about the quality of older photos. Here are some ways to help them out:

    1. White Balance- Having the proper white balance is the best way to improve a photo. It's easy and quick. By adjusting the temperture, you can warm up a photo that is too blue, or cool down one that is too yellow. By adjusting the tint, you can find just the right balance between the amounts of green and magenta. If you're not quite sure how much, just hold the slider down and move it back and forth until you come to a spot that is most appealing.

    2. Exposure- The second biggest difference you can do to help your photo is to make sure it has the proper exposure. You can brighten an underexposed photo, or darken one that is overexposed. Often times, you can recover some of the clipped shadows or blown highlights.

    3. Focus - Unfortunately, there's isn't a good way to fix photos that are out of focus. Soft photos can be helped by sharpening or adding a USM, but out of focus is out of focus. The best way to help these photos is to either turn it black and white, or just embrace the nature and add some movement to your layout.


    Here is a layout using photos from my honeymoon - almost TEN years ago! I had taken only a small point and shoot camera that ended up with some water damage. The photos that did come out, came out with a horible green cast to them. Fixing the white balance made a HUGE difference.


    10.25.05-Cook-Islands by farrahj, on Flickr

    honeymoon-183b by farrahj, on Flickr


    Homework

    Your homework assignment for this part is to make a layout where you use an older photo that has needed some editing. The photo can be a heritige photo that you've repaired, or a photo from last year that you decided to re-edit. Please post the original photo along with your layout.


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    Last edited by mommyish; 06-29-2015, 08:03 AM.

  • #2
    OOO, this should be fun!

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    • #3
      Thanks for this challenge, it made me think . first I tried different things


      this is what I ended up with;

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      • miimsgirl
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        WOW, you really played with this one - Love what you decided to do with it, so fun!

    • #4
      Here is my photo tweaking. I will do the layout tomorrow. I did one, but it wasn't all TDP items, so I have to make another one. Oops!

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      • miimsgirl
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        OMG - she is a cutie!

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      Here is one that I restored and tweaked the contrast and levels. Kit is This Moment by Anita Designs
      Last edited by Lynncal; 06-30-2015, 08:10 PM.

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      • #6
        It keeps saying I'm not authorized to upload attachments, so I'll try it this way to get the original photo posted -here is the link to it.

        http://forums.thedigitalpress.co/gal...-photo&cat=500



        Last edited by Hillary; 07-01-2015, 02:28 PM. Reason: Edited to add your images for you. :)

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        • miimsgirl
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          Ohh, this is so sweet! I wish I were some where to go through old photos! great job!

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        I added a cool filter, did a little lightening, and cleaned up a lot of the empty pixels. Since there were so many I just concentrated on the faces, hands, and clothing near the faces. Someday (when I have nothing else I want to do) I'll have to go back and do the rest.


        Last edited by Pamie; 08-05-2015, 12:32 PM.

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        • miimsgirl
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          i LOVE this photo. I think I have one very similar - it just makes me happy - and you did a great job of playing with it and your lo is GORGEOUS!

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        I applied a photo filter to tone down the orange as well as adjusting the levels a bit. This photo was taken in 1970. I was almost 2 years old.

        Last edited by Pamie; 07-05-2015, 08:52 AM.

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        • miimsgirl
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          oh my Goodness! That face. Awesome capture there!

      • #9
        Here's my take on this fun lesson! I love to use old photos!!



        And here's the original picture:

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        • miimsgirl
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          I might have already told you - but i LOVE this page! Awesome job Chloe!

        • chloe
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          Thanks Erin!!

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        Original photo: http://forums.thedigitalpress.co/gal...mework&cat=519
        edited with a blue filter in photoshop
        Last edited by Pamie; 08-05-2015, 12:38 PM.

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        • #11
          I should get out an old photo of my mom's for this challenge.

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          • #12
            Here's my page... these photos are over 60 years old and now look black and white again!


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