I've seen a lot of threads on flickr! and other sites asking about giving photographs an aged look. There are a number of ways to simulate an old photograph. Some are quick and easy. The problem with quick and easy: it tends to look artificial.
I'm going to produce a video on this topic in the coming days. Some people like video tutorials. Some prefer written tips and tutorials. (I like either, when they're well done.) This is a topic that generates a lot of interest, so here's a written demonstration of the forthcoming video tutorial.
Want to tame out-of-gamut colors? You can use the Select|Color Range command and either Hue/Saturation or Vibrance to bring those out-of-gamut colors back in gamut.
The Photoshop CS4 Color Range command includes "Out of Gamut" as a selection option. You will see a mask where out-of-gamut colors are gray areas.
I posted a tip (Tame Out Of Gamut Colors) that demonstrated how to tame out-of-gamut colors in Photoshop CS4 with the Color Range command and a Vibrance layer. Three pieces of feedback came quickly to me:
Adobe released an update to Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) this week. The new version is ACR 5.5. Updating a single application that uses ACR is easy. Just download the correct installer. But, what if you run multiple applications that use ACR. For example, I have Photoshop CS4 Extended Edition, Photoshop Elements 7.0, and Premiere Elements 7.0 on my machine. They all use ACR.
One option is to download each of the installers. They're not small. They can take a while to download.
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