In Part 1 we looked at setting up the basic elements to achieve the vintage, matt effect. By reducing the tonal range in the shadow regions and introducing a deliberate cast we established the building blocks of our look. Now let’s look at some additional techniques for working with lighter images and highlight areas.
The use of vintage style effects on modern photography is as popular as it’s ever been, and shows no signs of abating anytime soon. With social media platforms such-as Instagram popularising the look there are now numerous websites, presets and apps dedicated to giving your images that retro, matt effect.
If you’re on the Creative Cloud subscription then you’ll have access to the latest versions Adobe’s software – in fact it sometimes seems that you ONLY have access to the latest versions. But actually it is possible to install legacy versions via the CC installer App going back as far as CS6 (if the title had been around that long).
If you’ve been using Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign for any length of time you’ll, no doubt, have heard the terms vectors and rasters (or pixels). And, equally likely, been told that vectors are ‘resolution independent’ whereas raster images have a fixed resolution. But what does that actually mean in terms of our artwork and how it ends up on our page?
Converting colours from one colour space to another is an everyday task for many creative workflows and most often we’ll do this via the colour panel in our chosen software.
But if ever you need to quickly ping some colours from RGB to HEX, or need a rough CMYK breakdown Google has it’s own colour converter built into the browser.
In the previous post we looked at extracting raster (pixel) based content from PDFs. Today we’ll cover extracting vector content and look at the editing tools for in Acrobat for ‘round-trip’ editing of PDF content.
With the PDF long established as one of the common currencies of the creative industries, it’s not unusual to have clients hand you a PDF and ask if you can take an image or a logo from within the file for use in an alternate layout. In an ideal world we would always want to go back to the source file and get the original content but sometimes the original file isn’t available, or there simply isn’t time.