Sunday, 2 September 2012

Creating a Retro-Film-strip effect

Hi All,

I recently had the good fortune to photograph local band Whitemoor at a place called The Venue in Abbey Street, Derby. 

After I'd posted the pictures on Facebook and my website  I was trying to decide what else I could do with the pictures. 

I decided to attempt to create a retro style film-strip featuring each member of the band in a different aperture. 

The first thing I needed was a 35mm style film strip template. I looked around on Google images, found one that was suitable and opened it in Photoshop CS5.

The next job was to select five images of the band. Bring them into CS5 and then using the free transform tool Ctrl + T reduce them in size until they fitted into the appropriate aperture. I also move each image in the layer stack until it was under the film strip template. Using the eraser tool I removed any overlapping pieces of each image as below.

After placing a white block over the parts of the images that protruded below the template I added a text layer with the name of the band in their particular font.

I decided I wanted a more grungy look to the film-strip so I added a checker plate texture to the image and used a hard light blend mode plus a reduction of opacity to 30% to get the look I wanted. 

I converted the resulting image to black and white using Nik's Silver Efex Pro

Then finally I brought the converted image into Nik's Color Efex Pro to give it a vintage tint.

The final image is below and was well received by the members of the band.

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