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Whenever the opportunity presents itself, I like to take off walking around the back roads in town, camera usually in tow in case I come across anything interesting to photograph. Saturday I went out walking, but changed my regular route, and went a completely new way. For some reason I didn’t bring my camera though, and ended up kicking myself for it. I walked past interesting buildings, unusual lamp posts, serene landscapes, and even horses grazing (which surprised me, to say the least – I was like 3 minutes away from the center of town).

So yesterday I was determined to take the same new route and capture all the interesting things I had seen the day before. But the world just doesn’t look the same from day to day. Actually, I felt kind of philosophical, thinking about it. Still, I did manage to take a few photos I kind of liked. Here are two of them:

Along the Rode by Karissa Cole 2013 NOT STOCK all rights reserved Along the Rode by Karissa Cole 2013 NOT STOCK all rights reserved

Not much to look at, admittedly. But I saw potential in them.

At this point, I should probably confess that I’m a bit addicted to custom Photoshop actions, and adjustment layers in general. It’s terrible, I know, and I should really seek professional help, I’m sure. But sometimes it pays off. After some aimless tweaking I had turned those photos into these:

2 On the Road by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved 4 On the Road by Karissa Cole 2 On the Road by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved

Being a big fan of the warm, vintage kind of style, I quite liked the way these photos looked now, especially the one of the building. But, still, just uploading them as is felt incomplete. I mean, I wanted to share them, but in a more interesting way than “Hey, here are some pictures I took and then edited for no real reason other than because I could.” So I set about finding a good way to combine these photos with some good old general digital art. The warm tones reminded me of old postcards, which led me to create this:

Post by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved

Detail shots:

Post up close (1) by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved Post up close (2) by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved Post up close (3) by Karissa Cole 2013 all rights reserved

I snagged the wood texture at this source. The rest of the image was very fun, and really quite simple to create. I increased the aged feel of the two photos, even staining them here and there. I then created the back of a postcard, which is so simple it’s almost ridiculous. I downloaded a stamp and placed it in the corner, aging it with the rest of the card. Then, using a decent handwriting font from dafont.com (the ultimate collection of free fonts, in my opinion) I completed the look.

It’s really not a very complicated idea. It’d probably be a fun exercise for Photoshop newcomers. But I think it’s still kind of a cool way to take your own photos and give them more life. I mean, I don’t want to be presumptuous, but, if every picture tells a thousand words, I think there’s quite a story that could be told here.

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