Cool! let me know what you did? Thanks for the effort
What did I do? Frankly, I did a LOT of things, you know the "trial and error" type stuff, just trying to get the image to look like the one of General Ulysses S. Grant (http://www.multimedialibrary.com …s/IM11JPEGS/111-B2363.jpg) I was using as a model.
Working with the original color photo you posted, I cropped it to the 8x10 aspect ratio and...
2) Created Channel Mixer adjustment layer, checked the Monochrome option box and set the color channels as follows:
3) Created a Levels adj. layer to lighten the midtone of the image somewhat since the face of your father was too dark after the conversion to B&W in the previous step.
4) Created a Curves adj. layer to adjust the contrast of the image, mostly to darken the dark areas a bit more.
Actually, I ended up creating 1 Levels layers, 2 Curves layers and 1 Brightness/Contrast layers to get the look I was happy with (see attached).
5) When I was satisfied with the general contrast and tone of the image, I merged all the layers together and then created a duplicate of the merged layer.
6) Next step was to "age" the photo with some noise using Filter > Noise > Add Noise. I used a mask to add noise to the background (10 pixels)..
7) After deselecting the selection, I applied a little bit more noise to the whole picture (4 or 5 pixels).
8 ) Reselecting the background, I applied a little bit of gaussian blur (1 pixel) to soften the noise in the background.
9) Added a vignetting effect by making a selection around the subject using a sort of a wavy pattern. Feather the selection to 15 pixels and then invert the selection so that the subject is not selected but the background is.
10) Create a new Curves adj. layer and drop the point on the upper right hand corner halfway down the side (you should see the selected area darken). Adjust the opacity of the layer so that the vignetting is there but not really obvious. It should be very subtle.
11) Flatten the layers again and create a duplicate of the flattened layer.
12) To further "age" the image, I changed the Black tone to a more brownish color using the Levels adj. layer, clicking on Options... and changing the Shadows color from black to an RGB color of R=43, G=35, B=22 (or something like that).
13) At this point, I thought I was as close as I could get to the look I wanted. However, the image looked too "sharp". Trying to use the gaussian blur filter just didn't really help since it blurred the details too much. So, I tried using Filter > Blur > Lens Blur... I had never used this option before so I was pleased to see that it did what I wanted it to do. The settings I used were:
Iris: Shape- Pentagon (5)
Blade Curvature- 44
Rotation - 0
Noise: Amount - 10
The other parameters were left as is (repeated below in case yours are set differently):
Depth Map: Source - None
Blur Focal Distance = 0
Specular Highlights: Brightness - 0
Threshold - 255
Distrubution - Uniform
Monochromatic not checked
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