One of the things that is really nice about using Photoshop is using actions. There are lots out there and they can produce all kinds of effects on your images. I happen to really like RadLab. It’s easy to use, it’s fast and it’s completely flexible – you can adjust within the adjustments, if that makes any sense. I think, better than telling you about it, I should show you.
I just so happen to have the perfect image for this, too – a photo I took of Dale, Luke and Patrick at Frank Harlow Day at the beginning of the month.
This is the original – the straight-out-of-the-camera shot, to use a professional term. The first thing I did was remove that reenactor in the background. I used the clone stamp and the spot healing brush for that. I tweaked the contrast and exposure a bit. And then I opened up RadLab and started playing around.
This effect is called Sparta. It washed it all out but still leaves color and I think it’s a pretty cool look for this period photo.
And this effect is called Troy. This one really washes everything out but leaves the red – which I love.
This one is called Old Skool and it looks a lot like an old tin type. At least, I think it does. All the color is removed and the blurred effect around the edges really adds some age to the photo.
Finally, we have this effect called Homestead. Aptly named, I think, because it evokes a feeling of those old photos you see of pioneers on the prairie. It’s definitely a cool effect for this photo.
I honestly can’t decide which one is my favorite. Can you?