Archive for April 4th, 2011
With a collection of old photos in your attic or closet, you can create charming wall art for your home. If you make time to sort through those fantastic older photographs, you will be able to use them in a way that will add character and a vintage look to your rooms. One simple choice is to select several of your favorite old photos to display in picture frames that hang on your walls. You can also learn several affordable techniques to develop an even more creative and unique way to incorporate old photos into vintage wall art. Whichever way you choose, the charm and character these photos will add to your home will give it a fresh yet classic feel. Use the following tips to inspire you to decorate with vintage photographs.
Antique Photo Enlargements
Just because most vintage photographs are not large in size, doesn’t require that you be limited to tiny pieces of wall art. It is quite simple to order enlargements from old photographs if you are fortunate enough to have negatives for them. But, even if you don’t have a negative, a small antique photo can still be transformed into a larger piece of wall art. With a scanner you will be able to turn your small photograph into a large digital photography file. Then you can print that file as a large wall portrait or use a poster printer and create a unique and personal antique print or poster.
Antique Photo Collage
When you have a selection of favorite vintage photos it is the perfect opportunity to create a photo collage. You may choose picture frames which are made for the purpose of displaying numerous photos or you may want to create a custom photo layout using a scanner and printer, and computer graphics software. To begin, select the vintage photographs you would like to utilize. Next, come up with your layout by arranging the photos over and around each other in different ways. Don’t forget to take a snapshot with your camera when you come up with a collage layout that you like best to refer to later. Scan the photos you’ve chosen, making sure to enlarge any that you need to. You may then print the individual photographs, and then arrange them according to your layout plan and attach them to a board for backing. If you have graphics software you can arrange them digitally and then simply print your layout.
Antique Photo Enhancement
Often old photographs get somewhat degraded over time. With computer graphics software you will be able to enhance them. After you’ve scanned a photo, retouching tools may be used to eliminate fold lines and bends and to reconstruct areas that may have become torn through the years. You will be surprised at the improvement this process will have on your vintage photos. The computer graphics software will also give you the ability to adjust colors and produce several different special effects. One such visual enhancement would be to change a scan of an old black and white photograph by adding a lovely old sepia tint. These techniques allow you to enhance your antique photos, without needing to alter or damage the originals.
“These people live again in print as intensely as when
their images were captured on old dry plates of sixty
years ago… I am walking in their alleys, standing
in their rooms and sheds and workshops, looking in
and out of their windows. Any they in turn seem to
be aware of me.”
~ Ansel Adams