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The photograph attached to this post is my final project for this mentorship.
Here are the post processing steps to develop the completed fine art image.
- Basic adjustments in Lightroom
- Some spot healing of extraneous junk, spots, and modern devices
- Edited in Silver Efex Pro 2
- Applied the Antique Plate II preset, then reduced the vignette amount to 55%.
- Searched Google and came up with this link for an explanation of various film types:
- Set the film type to Ilford XP2 Super 400 to add some grain to the image.
- Saved the changes to a new Preset called “Old Buildings.” I never created my own preset before. That is a first!!
- Edited in Perfect Suite 8
- Border layer – is the Russell preset, then adjusted by setting the Opacity to 70%, changing the Mode to Darken and setting the Thickness to 9 (closer to the edge). My purpose in adding the border was to make the photo look like it was in a photo album and that the picture had been stained and faded due to age.
- Texture layer – is the Yellowed Paper Dark preset, then adjusted by setting the Opacity to 69 and Saturation to -23.
- Antique layer – Autochrome Warm preset, then adjusted by setting Opacity to 58%. This isn’t a sepia color. It is a bit more yellow-greenish which I think gives it a slightly more faded look.
- Lightroom – Used the Brush tool to darken a few spots in the grass to imply some leading lines.
The entire post processing took about 2 hours over the course of several days as I worked on it and thought about changes or enhancements that I wanted to make. I hope you like it.
Interested in hearing more about post processing? If so, drop in a comment and let me know.