Combo Apps/Enhance The Process…Making Beautiful Old Photos.

Enhance The Process Tryptic

I get asked by readers about doing simple process that maintains photo integrity, also asked how to edit macro photos. Well today your problems will be solved and you will have the most beautiful monochrome macro photos. I call this “Enhance The Process.” what that means is I’m going to show how to make your photos look like old photo print process with two apps. The tope photo up above went though this editing process.

Demo Photo

This is the demo photo I’m going to be using for this editing process.

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There’s an old app out in the App Store called Archaic. I came across this app by accident and this turned out to a happy accident. The app is very simple to operate and saves at high resolution, as you can see in the second screen shot.

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You have 3 different type of old processing, Platinum, Cyanotype and Van Dyke. All you have to do is tap on the process you want and this will go through a 4 channel process and you get your edits.

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This is my finish saved Platinum process, as you can see it looks a little light and dull. For some people, they love this subtle and soft look to their photos. For me it needs some details to come out but I want to maintain that subtle and soft monochrome look to my photo.

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My solution is using Snapseed with the Details tools. I touch the center to scroll up and use Structure.

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I push mine to 100 but you can use anyone amount to your liking, everyone has their presence and this is mine. After I’m done with Details I’ll save my photo.

Finished Enhancement

This is what my photo looks like after the process. It’s the closest mobile edit I’ve seen that comes close to a Platinum photo from the late 1800s. Your macro photos will come out beautifully doing this combination with Archaic and Snapseed.

Enhanced Demo

I did a Cyanotype, in my opinion they look like they came from a glass negative print rather than a paper print. I like the look of the Cyanotype when I di this combination of apps.

VanDyke Process

The VanDyke looks true to form and really close to those old VanDyke Prints. I really love how this came out.

App List:

Archaic – FREE
Snapseed – FREE

Archaic is also universal to the iPad just like Snapseed. I really hope you will try this combinations of apps, play and experiment with your results. This is a great way to give your photos that antique look without sacrificing details and resolution. It’s a simple process. You also get the most beautiful monochrome results with your photos. It’s really important you use properly exposed photos when doing this process. If you have any questions please leave comments or email me Have a nice evening and see you soon !!!



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6 Responses to Combo Apps/Enhance The Process…Making Beautiful Old Photos.

  1. danmblog says:

    Score!! Archaic is great. Thanks for digging this gem out. You are one of the remaining best blogs and IG going. Thanks for all the hard work you do.

  2. Denise says:

    Your lovely edited flower pics look genuinely antique! Never heard of this app. Thank you for all of the information you share! 😃

  3. @madelheid says:

    Yes, an oldie but goodie. Love the Cyanotype. Thank you for sharing and for all your wonderful work!

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