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How to Create Timeless Photographs with PSP X2's Time Machine

Updated on April 20, 2010

Corel's Paint Shop Pro Ultimate X2 is my digital editor. There are quite a few to choose from I just happened to use and enjoy this one. One of my favorite, easy to use features is the Time Machine Filter. Offering filters from the box camera of the 1800's to the colorful Warhol-esque filter, which adds a funky 60's flair. You can use preset intensity, or adjust the intensity to your liking. You can add the pre-loaded photo edges (frames), or not. I'll show examples of both so you can see the difference.

Follow the steps below to create an amazing adventure with a single picture.

Original Photograph

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Let's begin

Start by opening your original photograph in Corel's Paint Shop Pro X2. Use the crop tool if needed, under the Adjust menu I prefer to use the Smart Photo Fix where I can adjust brightness, sharpness, color, highlights and shadows, etc. You can preview the changes on the photograph to decide if you've made the right choices. If you're happy with it, save it as the original. (ex. Freckles1)

Corel automatically creates an Auto Preserve file, however, I always preserve my own original. Duplicates take up a lot of memory on your computer and I usually go back and delete the Auto preserve file.

This is one of my favorite photographs I took of our mare, Freckles. Now let's transport her beautiful face through the time machine, shall we?

 

Under the Effects menu click on Photo Effects and Time Machine.

Effects Menu

Time Machine Screen

The Time Machine screen will look like the screen shot above. Showing a before and after comparison, and a checkbox at the top to preview on your original. This is a great tool, I often turn in on and off to get a better perspective on how my photo is effected by the filter.

Settings - which are defaulted. The Intensity bar is set to a default but can be increased or decreased, entirely up to you. Play with it! Have fun. The seven photos are of your original in each filter format. Below that is a great little tid bit of history of that particular type of film process. I love this feature, since I love history.

So, let's select the first type of filter...

With Photo Edges Option Checked

With Preset Photo Edge
With Preset Photo Edge
Without Preset Photo Edge
Without Preset Photo Edge

Daguerrotype 1839-1855

The first filter is the Daguerrotype, with the grain and color essence of the old tin type photos.

To apply to your original photo simply click on the first filter picture from left to right. By clicking the Preview on Image box you can see full screen how the filter effects your photo. Often I will toggle this off and on before making my final decision.

The default intensity is set to 30 and I show pictures with the preset Photo Edge and without so you can view the difference.

I personally like this edge....... a lot! It adds to the worn with age look as if she's been tucked away in an old photo album for a hundred plus years.

According to PSPx2, Daguerrotype was used from 1839-1855 and the first popular form of photography. Images were captured directly on a thin piece of silver-plated copper. Each image was unique because no negative was made. I'm a little freaky about historical things, so of course I had to go to Wikipedia and look up the various film processes to learn more. If you're like me, I've included the link below.

Remember when saving the edited photo use the Save As option under the file menu. Change the name or revise the name, so it will create a new file with the changes, while still preserving your original photograph. (ex. Freckles1 rev 1)

Albumen with Photo Edge

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Albumen 1855-1890's

The second filter option is called Albumen. It has that sepia tone, old time effect. I've used it often and creates truly beautiful, timeless photographs.

Simply click on the second photo. The intensity is defaulted to 55, again, entirely up to your taste. Click on that bar, move it up or down and see what happens to your image, stop where you want to. You can opt for the Photo Edge. The preset, is another of my favorites.

PSPx2 says that Albumen was widely used through 1855-1890's. An Inexpensive method produced paper-based photos. Negatives were captured on glass, and the print was then created on paper that used albumen from egg whites (of all things!) to bind the light-sensitive chemicals to paper.

With Photo Edge

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Cyanotype - Late 19th Century - Early 19th Century

I was amazed to read that Cyanotype was invented in 1841! I've yet to see an old photo so blue and funky.

The default intensity is set to a low 25 and when you move the button to a higher intensity you'll understand why. I love this photo edge, gives the illusion of having been created with a painter's brush.

Cyanotype, the images are created when ultraviolet light converts the light-sensitive chemicals to Prussian Blue. This method was used for creating blueprints. (Aha! I know why we don't see photographs with this process). Again I also searched for more history... fascinating stuff!

Without Photo Edge

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Platinum - Popular from 1873 - 1920

Not a true black and white, not a sepia... it's Platinum! Some in the Collector's world believe that this process is one of the most luminous, visually extroardinary photographic processes in history and rare due to the lack of access to the process. PSPx2's rendition of this historical photographic process is impressive.

The default intensity is set to 50 and increasing or decreasing doesn't effect a significant change, so I usually leave it on the default. Seems to be the perfect balance.

The history tidbit says this photographic method used platinum-based developing materials and placed the paper in direct contact with the negative. Although the resulting high-quality prints remained stable over time, the high price of platinum, made this an expensive method.

Platinum is certainly hot again!

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Early Color developed in 1904

The fifth filter option, is called Early Color. The default intensity is set high on this one at 80. Reminds me of some of the pictures in my mother's photo albums, a slightly muted color photograph.

PSPx2 says Autochrome was a popular method of producing early color photographs. This method was created by the Lumiere brothers in 1904. It used potato starch granules, dyed red, green, and blue, to create colored images on glass, similar to a slide. (Huh, egg whites, potatoes? Great recipes for fabulous photos).

If you are happy with the result, click OK and the original is transformed.

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Box Camera 1900-1960's

The simplicity and portability of the Box Camera meant that anyone could take pictures.

The default intensity is 10. I slid that tool bar right up to 50 to add more contrast, enhancing the blacks and whites.

The Photo Edge option on this filter, I do not use often. But try it, you just might. PSPx2 has frames you can add once the filter is applied.

Adjusted your original to perfection? Click OK and the Time Machine window will close.

With Photo Edge

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Cross Process - A modern process

The seventh and final process filter is called Cross Process.

Corel says that Cross Processing is a modern photographic technique that creates unique color effects by mismatching the film and chemicals used to develop the film. This effect can be achieved by processing slide film in chemicals designed for color negative film.

However it is done, what a fabulous result! I've used this filter quite a bit on portraits and the results are amazing. The default intensity is set to 50. The higher you go the more intense the colors, or you can go lower just to enhance the tones of your original.

This Photo Edge is subtle yet makes the vivid colors of this filter pop and also gives it a somewhat three-dimensional appearance.

Whichever filter you prefer, remember the Save As recommendation and have fun with it!

Which one was your favorite? Vote below.

Which time period resulted in your favorite photograph?

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      Missi Darnell 7 years ago from Southern California

      jill your very welcome. Glad you enjoyed. Good luck with Photoshop, I'm still learning all that PSP can do as well.

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you very much for sharing these techniques. I enjoyed learning about them. I love all the effects you created.

      I use Photoshop for working with my photos. I'm learning but the learning curve is rather steep. Anyway, I always enjoy learning new things.

      See you around.

      God bless!

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      Missi Darnell 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Steve, I like them all as well. Just depends on the look I'm after and the photo of course. Photoshop seems to be the editing software choice. Do you like it better than PSP?

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      Steve 3.0 7 years ago from Cornwall UK

      Nice hub, I like all of the effects, picked platinum as my favorite but I also like cross process, as I used to do that with film. Might try PSP again, I am using photoshop elements now but did use PSP a few years ago.

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      Missi Darnell 7 years ago from Southern California

      vawonko, thank you for your comment. Glad you enjoyed my hub. I haven't tried Photoshop, I would imagine the two programs are somewhat similiar, I hope you have fun with it. I still have a lot to learn about PSP as well. There seems to be a lot of help out there for Photoshop though. Enjoy!

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      vawonko 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks. I enjoyed your hub. I dabble with Photoshop CS4 but still have much to learn.

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      Missi Darnell 7 years ago from Southern California

      RedElf, agreed! Ansel Adams was a genious I'm a huge fan. Thank you for your comment and compliment.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Early color was nice, but the treatment you used with "Box camera" reminded me of the clarity and depth of field for which Ansel Adams was famous. Nice Hub!

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      Missi Darnell 7 years ago from Southern California

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      ladybugg 7 years ago

      Way to go Missi. How to overcome a setback in life; do something new to help others. Keep up the good work.

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      Missi Darnell 7 years ago from Southern California

      JW and shazwellyn and money - So glad you liked this hub. Step by step processes for Paint Shop can be difficult to find. It is a fun program. Thanks for the HubNugget congrats. I was surprised and honored. Thank you!

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      Missi Darnell 7 years ago from Southern California

      Tony and Beth - So glad you enjoyed the hub, it was fun to make. I like the cross process as well. You should see it on portraits, it's amazing. Thank you!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Wow thanks for sharing the info. I've wondered how this was done to get the different contrasts. Congratulations on being selected as a HubNugget Wannabe, Good Luck!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Well this is unique.. how clever! Thanks for sharing xx

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      Jwjulie40 7 years ago

      Wow thats good info thank you for puting this in Engish!! LOL

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      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      You've written a wonderful hub teaching the user how to manipulate the time machine option nicely. Well done! I prefer the cross process -- love the color contrasts!

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      A very informatived Hub - thanks

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Missi Darnell 7 years ago from Southern California

      Alexandria, Soph, Simey - so glad you enjoyed my hub. A fun and easy tool to use in PSPx2.

      Ripple - Thank you, thank you, thank you! Enjoyed the other articles I was nominated with as well.

      Pamela - Glad you enjoyed my hub.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Great pictures and good hub.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Daguerreotype is my kind of photo Hehehe Although the others are pretty cool as well. Now, this made me really curious about PSP's. Great teaching hub!

      Congrats for your Hubnugget Nomination! Did you already know that Missi? Check it out over here: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/Hubnuggets-hu...

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      Simon Cook 7 years ago from NJ, USA

      Great hub - well presented and very clear - even for PSP dummies like me!

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      sophs 7 years ago

      This is a great hub, thanks for sharing I can't wait to try this! :)

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      alexandriaruthk 7 years ago from US

      wow great info, thanks

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      Missi Darnell 7 years ago from Southern California

      Jeniferr, thank you for your comment and question. I'm not sure about Photoshop, but I do know that Paint Shop Pro can be daunting depending on what you are trying to accomplish. However, they do have easy things, such as in this article. I belong to a PSP group sharing manipulated photos, ideas, and how to's, we critique and offer advice on improvement. I'm positive Photoshop has them as well. This may be helpful for you.

      The daguerrotype type is one of my faves too, it really looks fantastic when used on portraits. Good luck, have patience and fun with it!

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      Jeniferr 7 years ago from United States

      My boyfriend is teaching me how to use Photoshop, it's getting easier but it seems like a fairly large learning curve. Is Paint Shop easier to use for a beginner?

      I really like the daguerrotype picture.