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Old 09-15-2017   #1
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I tried to make this look like an old postcard, don't think I succeeded .

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I agree. This doesn't look much like an old (1890-1940) postcard, but there are some changes you might make to it:

* The aspect ratio is too panoramic. Something more along the lines of 4:3 or even a modern postcard would work better.

* Because of the small size of the image, the grain from the image itself wouldn't be as coarse as it is on this image, if it were visible at all. Printing from a paper negative would produce a texture this coarse but the edges of each "grain" would be softer and not so hard as these. The texture would also be uniform across the page rather than blurry toward the edges.

* The transition between the gray border and the image is too abrupt for this style and the gray is too dark. A border of this style shouldn't quite be white but it should still be the lightest part of the overall image, and the image should vignette toward white. If you want a vignette toward black, it should be more like a sharp rectangle.

* in cheap century-old paper prints, both the paper and the image would have faded to a brownish tone, the image looking like a sulfide-toned print - which is a print where the silver has been deliberately "faded" to its maximum amount - and the paper would have turned yellow (really, a light brown) with age. Toned prints are acceptable on the black and white board.


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