This is page 2 of 4. "Special Effects" begins here.

The train office was turned into an “Old Photo” at three different dimensions. The first picture was the same as you see it below. 500X375 pixels. The second was 800X1,000 pixels. Normally designed for and 8”X10” photograph. The third was at full size. 3,872X2,592 pixels.

The top picture is the most realistic. The second one shows more detail but, to me, lacks 19th century authenticity. And the bottom picture, which is full file size, is just too darned clean to even consider exhibiting at these tiny dimensions. I often speak of experimentation.

You have to experiment with different looks and file dimensions each time you create something. Each of these was created for optimal appearance at the tiny size on this page. I would have had to create them differently in order to get the same look in print.

If I am losing you with all this talk about file dimensions, go here.

Here’s what I do.

I choose the picture I want to work. I resize it to several sizes. I load the pictures into Photoshop.

I do all the usual Quick Fixes first. Then I start experimenting. In the “Full Edit” screen I click on one of the Effects.

The above links are in here so you can learn those first if you haven't already. If you have already gone through them feel free to refresh your memory.

Notice the three little arrows in the next picture. The little moon, the little sun, whatever. It is to apply Effects and filters. Second, the “Dry Brush” is highlighted. That is one of the effects.

When you click on “Apply” the next screen will come up.

Zoomed in to the circled area you see this.

Now you can click on each Effect. It will show you what your picture will look like if you click apply on that Effect. You don’t have to undo anything here. Just click on the next Effect and the program will automatically update it for you.

As you finish in the category called "Brush Strokes," click on the triangle in the upper left corner of the block. That closes Brush Strokes. Now click on the arrow next to "Distort." Continue this, in each category, until you find an effect you like.

When you choose the exact look you want, just click O.K. in the upper right corner. Don’t like it? Just simultaneously click the “Control” and the “Z” key on your keyboard. That will reverse up to about 20 moves one at a time.

Want to redo one you just undid? Simultaneously click on the "Control" key and the letter "y" and whatever you just eliminated comes back. You can do and undo to your little heart’s content. But remember that they undo and redo in the order in which you originally changed the photo.

Notice along the right side of the drop down box, it gives you the keyboard equivalent to clicking on "Edit" and "Redo." These are called shortcuts. This one is simultaneously clicking on "Control" and "y." There are all kinds of these if you prefer to learn them that way you can watch and whenever you see one you can write it down and memorize them.

The only limitations to undoing steps are;

1) It will revert about 20 steps.

2) They revert and redo in the original order they were created. Unfortunately you cannot pick and choose which to keep and which to not. Oh, well, maybe in a future Photoshop.

Use everything you can see. Each effect will look different on different pictures. When you are familiar with your choices you will want to explore even more. I love to explore. How about you?

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