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Give Your Photo an Antique Look

Matt Kloskowski, Education and Curriculum Developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, shows you how to give your photos an antique look.

Posted by Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog,, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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  9. If you like the crackling effect, I tried a few different things that I think really made it look more natural.

    First, I created my new layers as a duplicate of the background -that way you can add effects knowing how they’ll affect the original picture better.

    Second, I selected different areas and used different crystal sizes to make the crystalization look more random/natural. I used a 50 pixel feather between the areas so they would run together more smoothly.

    If you did this using a duplicate copy of the background, you now need to desaturate your edges to get the right effect.

    Then after finding the edges, I picked out parts of the picture that I did not want as crackled as others. I selected those areas and decreased the contrast while increasing the brightness to fade the cracks into the background.

    Lastly, I used an embossing filter on the whole thing to give it a real cracked look. I used a dept of only about 3 pixels.

    If you use a low opacity, you can use multiple layers like these to get an even more natural effect.

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