Interesting and Fun Photo Effects Available with On-Line Photo Editors

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I decided to take a little break this afternoon while editing a few photos.  During the breather, I meandered off to see what other ActiveRainers were up to.  William Johnson has posted a neat example of photo editing effects, using available photo editing tools.  There are several.  Both iPiccy and Ribbet provide many features found in Picnik, an application used by many before it went away earlier this year.  

 

I suggest you visit William’s blog titled, “What Happens When You Add a Vintage Look and Frame to a New Photo.”

 

What follows here, is an example of what can be accomplished.  I used iPiccy to apply effects and a frame to my original photo of buildings in Old Sacramento.

 

 

Old Sacramento by Myrl Jeffcoat

This is the original photo taken in Old Sacramento several days ago.


Old Sacramento by Myrl Jeffcoat

I used the application IPiccy to apply their "Vintage" effect William Johnson suggested in his blog.  There are several versions of "vintage" that you can choose from.  I selected the one labeled "Robert."  Among the "Texture" tools, I found and applied an interesting paper effect, which appeared as old faded handwriting.  After adding a frame, this was the outcome.

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Beautiful photo-I love the vintage look and effect. How long did it take you to play with this to make the end result?

Sep 13, 2012 11:57 AM #1
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Paige Walker
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Myrl - That is really cool! What a great picture... Love It! Thanks for sharing! - Paige

Sep 13, 2012 11:58 AM #2
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William Johnson
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Hi Myrl, Great effect. I was looking at an article today and it was showing this effect with a few other processes added on top. Some of the plugins avaiilable depending on the program offer such things a paper folds, coffer cup rings etc. The article and photo added those two to vintage and it looked like an old photo that had been stored, faded, wrinked and with the added coffee cup stain that was faded. It was sensational. Unfortuneatly it did not say where the plug-ins were from but guessing they were plug-ins to Photoshop professional version.
Sep 13, 2012 12:10 PM #3
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Andrea Bedard
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Hi Myrl, I've been using iPiccy and picmonkey (but have yet to try Ribbet) and can get totally lost in playing around with it. I just love the vintage effect - it's the perfect one for a photo of Old Sacramento. This is a great photograph to frame ... and would make a beautiful settlement gift, too.

Sep 13, 2012 12:33 PM #4
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Michelle - I would guess that it took me no longer than 15 minutes or so. 

Paige - You're very welcome!

William - I continue to be amazed at the latest in "gee-wizzary" with on-line photo editors.  They seem to be always getting better and improving. 

Andrea - I enjoy using Ribbet too.  I think which editor I will use at any given time, depends on the mood I'm in, and how the stars are aligned:-)

Sep 13, 2012 12:47 PM #5
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I haven't ventured beyond the basic fixes with the online editors, but I don't know how I ever lived without them.  This effect is very cool.

Sep 13, 2012 02:40 PM #6
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Hi Myrl, I like this vintage editing and I especially like the way you can see the writing on the background. I will have to try it too. Thanks for sharing this great picture as it is so different than William's ship.
Sep 13, 2012 02:51 PM #7
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Hi Myrl, What often happens is that unless you know what is under the often misleading title of the tool, all the treasures of the textures and effects are not known. One of my favorite corrections is in Ribbet.com. I am going to share it right here with you and it will probably become one of yours as well because of what it does. It is called Eye Bright. This is found in the broad category on tool bar under the title Touch-Up. Your first instinct is that it brightens eyes and if you are working in other type of photos you pass right over it. Upload any image to ribbet.com and use the brush to brighten faces, darkened areas, areas you to want with more highlight. It is a tool I use over and over , perhaps on every photo in one way or another. Use the fade feature to add more or less to segments of the image. Works fabulously on parts of clouds, trees, homes, features in rooms, etc. It brings things to a brighter life.
Sep 13, 2012 03:45 PM #8
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Myrl,

I'm impressed with the capabilities of the online picture editors. Simple, powerful, and easy to use. Your vintage pic looks great.

Rich

Sep 13, 2012 08:33 PM #9
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Janice Roosevelt
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Myrl, this is amazing, and leave it to a superb photographer like you to enlighten us. Thanks.

Sep 13, 2012 09:25 PM #10
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Good morning Myrl. Terrific photo and the enhancements make it warmer and more inviting. Good information.

Sep 13, 2012 10:01 PM #11
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Janna - There are so many cool tools available with some of the on-line editors, and it is sometimes difficult to choose just one.

Kristin - The paper effect with the handwriting seemed a natural for scenes of historic sites.  But there were a number of other effects, which would have also worked nicely.

William - What I'm learning is that on the various tool bars, you really need to get in there and become acquainted with what is available with each of them.  I haven't tried Eye Bright.  I'm anxious to give it a try.

Sep 13, 2012 10:30 PM #12
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Richard - It has been a busy summer, and I've not spent as much time indoors in recent weeks.  I'm beginning to look forward to the first rains, and time to experiment with how much these on-line editors will do.  I've dabbled, but not as deeply as I'd wish.

Janice - Thank you for your kind words.  I hope you have a GREAT weekend!

Sheila - What I notice about adding the warmer effects to this photo, is the more real mood of Old Sacramento emerges.  When I'm actually in the area, I see the top photo scene, but I FEEL the second one.

Sep 13, 2012 10:34 PM #13
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Thanks, Myrl, for sharing your photo editing skills.

I need to learn how to do this.

Sep 14, 2012 12:40 AM #14
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Nick T Pappas
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Myrl, ahhh...something new to check out.  There are so many cool tools out there for us to use...wish I had more time to learn it all. 

Sep 14, 2012 09:36 AM #15
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I love photo-editing programs; my preference right now is iPiccy but I sometimes switch to Ribbet. I don't think Ribbet lived up to it's promises. I'm still learning/playing with Photoshop when I get the spare hour or two.

Sep 15, 2012 09:17 PM #16
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Myrl,

            Thanks for the blog; I am really getting into photography and I am hoping.I will stop by William's blog and check it out! I hope you are having a great Weekend!

Sep 16, 2012 09:08 AM #17
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Myrl,

I'm impressed! That's very impressive and cool! I like them both but the vintage shot would really work well for Christmas cards or special family photographs.

I really admire you Myrl. You're always learning new things and you're a joy on ActiveRain.

Sep 17, 2012 01:49 AM #18
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Susan Neal
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Hi Myrl - That is a great effect and really does look like a document that is 100 years old, but it couldn't be because it has your signature on it and you aren't anywhere near half that old!  It's all very mysterious! lol

Sep 18, 2012 08:16 AM #19
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Have an outstanding week with your camera in hand.  I always enjoy your photographs.


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