Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

My red, white & blue (with a splash of yellow sunshine) for y'all this 4th of July weekend! :>

I love the results of the technique I tried out today playing around in PS Elements! I was going for a vintage postcard look inspired by "Photochroms".

According to the American Photochrom Archive Gallery a "Photochrom (also 'Photochrome' - it was originally developed in Switzerland and to aid pronunciation when it was introduced to America, an 'e' was added) is a color photo lithograph, produced from a black-and-white negative. The final prints were created using different color impressions from multiple lithographic stones. A minimum of four stones and as many as fourteen stones might be used for a given image."

This technique became very popular in the 1890's, especially when the Post Office introduced the penny postcard.

Shown below is the original photo: good angle and shadow play but the vintage look takes it up a few notches. I'm hooked on this technique and can't wait to play around with it some more.....

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday!!!


Jennifer White said...

I LOVE the final shot! Gorgeous with a very vintage feel... more more more!

Sandy K. said...

What an interesting technique. I definitely need to try it. In Elements? I love the difference it made in your photograph.

Happy 4th!

Patti Edmon Artist said...

The photo rocks! I've been enjoying Photoshop a bit more since I haven't had much time in the studio - yours is an inspiration!
Definitely keep an eye on the Art House Coop; what an innovative group, and only 2 years behind them.
Love your portrait too!
take care

Susan Tuttle said...

What a fun technique Laura!

Happy 4th to you my friend!:)