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.