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Rudy Shalamar
How to get this "old time" visual effect?
on Aug 24, 2009 at 2:54:18 pm

I have imported some image sequences for which i would like to make look like this old baseball card...

http://www.freewebs.com/aerograd/1965_Topps_Mickey_Mantle_2.jpg

I know I could probably do it in photoshop but since it would be easier to import the sequences straight into AE it would be much easier if there was a way to effect the images in AE itself.

Any ideas?

Thank you!


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Chris Buttacoli
Re: How to get this "old time" visual effect?
on Aug 24, 2009 at 3:39:43 pm

I would say make the card in photoshop, with an alpha channel cutting out the Mick for compositing, and import that into AE along with your image sequences.


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Chris Wright
Re: How to get this "old time" visual effect?
on Aug 24, 2009 at 8:17:20 pm

If you want a quick way to do it in AE, it comes with a decent preset called presets -image creative - colorize - sepia. Put that in an ajustment layer and fiddle with the opacity. Also, file-project settings, "blend colors using 1.0 gamma" can blend the colors in yet another pleasing way. Add a hue/sat to your footage to rotate the hues can create offset colors similar to faded in conjunction with contrast tweaking. Finish with noise/grain


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scott novasic
Re: How to get this "old time" visual effect?
on Aug 26, 2009 at 5:13:58 am

digieeffects film damage plugin does a great job of 'olding' up footage...

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Larry S. Evans II
Re: How to get this "old time" visual effect?
on Aug 26, 2009 at 5:11:57 pm

All good ideas for making "old film", but i think what you are looking for is the halftone moire pattern that comes from the low-resolution dot prints used for those old cards.

Personally I would use the CC Ball Action Effect (included in CS3/CS4 not sure about earlier versions) with a grid spacing of something like 1 or 2 and a scatter setting of 0.1, You can adjust the ball size up or down but I wouldn't go over something like 60 or so. At 60 and below you can get what appears to be a halftone look. Above 60 it starts looking like square pixels (which is one way to get a pixelated effect) as the edges of the balls go outside the gridspace.

Larry S. Evans II

Executive Producer

Digital I Productions


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