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A Template and an Old Photo

Relationships with older fathers are not always easy to describe, especially by their sons. My husband remembers his father telling stories about hopping trains around the country as a young man. The photos tell another story, but there aren’t many words on this page. From my husband’s perspective it’s enough; I’m smiling as I call the page done.

I am still working on the other side of this double page spread, using photos about my husband’s mother. As I near the end of my anniversary project, I am relying on templates to get me started.

Place Layers of Template
  • Drag layers of template 5 from Travel Album Template No. 5 on to a new blank 24×12 in Photoshop document.
  • Turn off the postage stamp layer and small frames.
Use a Heritage Photo
  • Drag an old photo below the template’s small frames but above the the fotoblendz mask.
  • Resize as needed.
Extract Around the Frame
  • Use the Quick Selection tool to extract the framed portion of the photo.
  • Clean up edges with the Magic Wand tool.
  • Add a shadow to the framed photo.
Artsy Transfer and Small Frames
  • Below the extracted frame but above the fotoblendz layer place the layers psd file 1 from Artsy Transfers Airy.
  • Clip photos to the small frames and add adjustment layers as needed.
  • To each small photo mask add a 20px white stroke.
Add Texture and an Element
  • Below the photo on the top right, place Overlay 2 and the Gold Paint from ArtPlay Palette Airy.
  • Place the Tape from ArtPlay Palette Airy just below the Gold Paint.
  • Below the bottom photo, place another copy of the Tape.
  • Add the Daisy, warp the stem a little and tuck below the top frame.

One wouldn’t expect that a travel template would work for an old photo, but in this case placing the layers from an artsy transfer file below the old photo creates a soft and modern background. I encourage you to try using your old photos with modern templates.

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6 Comments

  1. This is beautiful, and brilliant using the album for heritage photos and stories! Thank you for sharing your process Linda. What ornate frame did you use?

    • Thank you Beverly, the frame I used was actually on the photo paper. I simply extracted that part of the entire paper. If you look at the second screenshot, you’ll see the original photo mounted on the paper with the frame. However, I think this could be done with other frames.

      • It is really sweet and delicate. I have a few old photos that are “framed” that way. Thank you again. I hope to make some heritage pages using this album.

        • Thanks Beverly, if you have a photo mounted the way this one was, try extracting with the Quick Selection tool and then cleaning it up with Magic Wand tool.

  2. agilchrest

    Love this Linda! Thank you for sharing.

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