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Added on Monday 15th of February 2010 04:58 am EST
Youâ€™ve probably read countless techniques
on how to retouch and refurbish old art
and photos to make them look their best.
However, have you ever considered doing
the opposite? Weâ€™ll show you how to do
just that by speeding up the aging process
and turning line art into a worn out and
faded image, giving a sense of history and
old-time elegance. In no time youâ€™ll be able
to transform the boring line map shown
in Figure A, into the vintage style antique
shown in Figure B.
Do you like the vintage look? If so, find out how to make antiques labels in â€œReinvent a vintage look by imitating antique labelsâ€ (March 2007) or if you like realistic aged metallic surfaces, check out â€œCreate grungy metal surfaces with sophisticated corrosive effectsâ€ (August 2007). You can read these articles online at www.elijournals.com/premier/ showArticle.asp?aid=24193 and www. elijournals.com/premier/showArticle. asp?aid=25209.
Set your course and map it
Finding the perfect image of a map may be the most difficult aspect of this entire process. Ideally, you should select a black and white illustration of the world or a specific area. You can scan an image from an atlas or look online using the keywords blank outline maps. To save you time we did the scouting for you. To work along with us, download the file from the URL listed at the beginning of this article, and open the file oldmap.psd in Photoshop.
Note: When you pick out line art for your antique technique, itâ€™s okay if the quality isnâ€™t perfect. If the lines arenâ€™t crisp, it actually helps to give it a more aged look.
Make paper with character
Since most of us donâ€™t have prepared sheepskin at hand or easy access to a papyrus plant, weâ€™ll create our own interpretation of authentic parchment paper to give our map an old-world feel.
To create the parchment paper:
1. Click the Create A New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette.