Transform Old Photographs Into Vintage Wall Art
If you have a stash of some old photographs in your house, then you have the makings of some very unique wall art. Why not make time to pull out some of those great old photographs, utilizing them to decorate your walls and add a bit of character in your rooms? One thing that you can do is just to show off several of the vintage photos in gold antique picture frames on your walls. Or try some economical and simple techniques to make something imaginative and inventive. In either case, you are certain to love the great fresh look these photos will offer your house. Here are a few ideas for decorating with vintage photos that can help spark your creative processes.
Extra-large Antique [Posters and Prints]
Although a great deal of old photos are small in dimensions, you don't need to limit yourself to smaller pieces of wall art. One way to enlarge your photos is if you are lucky enough to still have the negatives for your pictures. However, even if you have only one small print, it is possible to still put it to use as the basis for a bigger piece of artwork. You can use a scanner to transform the picture from the small photo to a large digital file. The file can then be printed on a poster or large photo printer to produce a marvelous print or vintage poster.
Photo Collage from Classic Pictures
When you have numerous old photos which might be especially dear to you, you should consider making them into a photo collage. Even though there are ready made picture frames designed specifically for the display of multiple photos, it's also possible to work with a scanner, computer graphics software and a printer to make your own custom photo collage. Start by collecting the old images that you'd like to use. Next, experiment with your collage layout by getting your photographs and laying over each other in a variety of ways. When you find an arrangement you are satisfied with, then take a picture of it so that you have it for future reference. Then scan your pictures, and enlarge them if you wish to. After that you can print the photos individually, and overlap them and attach these to a backing board. Or else you can use your graphics software and overlap them digitally, and you will only have to print the finished design.
Improving Vintage Photos
On inspection, you may find out that your old pictures have become a little worse for the wear over the years. If you find this to be true, you can attempt to repair them making use of your computer graphics program. After you have scanned the photograph, you may use your photo retouching tools which are within the software package to get rid of creases and bends or even to recreate torn areas. You could be amazed how much better your old photographs can look following this type of treatment. You can also utilize the color adjustment controls of the software to produce interesting visual effects. An example of this may be to add an old fashioned sepia tint when you scan a black and white picture. When you use these techniques it will be possible to improve the appearance of the vintage photos without having to modify the originals.
So, get going and make use of your imagination. Use your old photos for making yourself some new and beautiful vintage wall art.
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