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Everyone loves a colorful photograph, for they are vibrant and natural, and brings a smile to our face. But sometimes, you may wish to make your photos look classy, make them look like they are from ages past.
You know what I’m talking about, a retro look, a vintage one. And no this doesn’t ean you have to make it look like black and white photos. Instead, you will need to alter some elements to achieve the result.
Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? In fact, it is very much easier than what you are perceiving it to be. And how is that possible? The answer is ANALOG Projects, another great product from the people at Franzis Software.
The purpose of this application is to make digital pictures, look like they were taken with a film camera, i.e, analog photos.
Let’s take a look at the features of the product. ANALOG Projects has the exact same graphical user interface, as the other products from the company, and that is not exactly a bad thing. Uniformity in the design sure does help working with the software much easier.
The File Menu is used for loading images, saving and opening projects in the properiatary .AnalogProject format. Once you load an image in the program, you don’t have to browse for it manually again. Simply use the bullt-in image browser, for it will have saved your opened images.
You can save your work’s final result in one of the following image formats: TIF, JPG, TIFF, PNG, and JP2. There is a very useful feature, which allows you to open the images using external programs. This includes native support for the top of the line image processors such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and Adobe Lightroom.
The Edit menu of ANALOG Projects has just two options: RAW Processing and Post Processing. The former is mainly used for customizing the photo’s White balance, Denoising/Sharpness, Colour balance, Exposure, Detail, Colour, Palette and Distortion options.
Post Processing is the main funtion of ANALOG Projects, as it lets you choose from a ton of presets for the photo. These are basically filters, and offer a lot of choices too. You can give your photo a vintage look, make it monochrome, add more sunlight to it, blur it around the edges, and much more.
You can use the sidebar on the left of the main screen to choose the various Post Processing filters. However, the best one, is automatically chosen by ANALOG Projects, when you load an image. The sidebar has some basic manual controls at the very top. Switch between these to toggle the corresponding effects to the image.
Speaking of which, any and every effect that you alter, is reflected almost immediately in the image previewer, which is housed in the middle of the window, in the main screen of the program.
Look at the toolbar above the main screen, it has a lot of useful shortcuts. One particularly useful feature is the icon which has the magnifying glass. It is actually a comparison window, which pops up as a small window. This shows you the image with two layers, one which shows the photo in its original state (before any effects), and after (with the effects enabled).
So if you want to see what changes a filter made, you can see how it compares with the original, and if you don’t like it, switch to a new one. This window is resizeable, offers various view modes, and can also be locked to the left sidebar as a mini window.
There is a similar (non-resizable) static magnifying glass window at the top of the right sidebar. This only displays the before/after comparison, of the part of the image, where your mouse cursor is, and displays it in a zoomed in view. Below this is the finalise and expert modes.
The finalise mode has your basic Photo film emulation controls, and settings for the Denoising, Tonal Value, Color Toning etc. The expert mode offers more in-depth controls over the Post Processing Filters.
You can get all the EXIF information (metadata) from the View menu. This menu also has the Full screen viewer, which you can use for, viewing the image. Similarly the Extras menu can be used to batch process images, set restore point sfor working with, and more.
The screenshot below shows you a photo of a building, the same as in the one pictured at the top of this page, in a blurred effect caused by adding a layer of light, which looks very natural too. In fact the lighting does complement the angle of the shadow which is noticeable on the right side of the photo.
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