Some­thing blue...

Cre­ate a cyan­otype ef­fect to give your im­age that vin­tage look

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Cyan­otypes are blue­toned images that have been cre­ated by adding chem­i­cals to pa­per then ex­pos­ing the prints to UV light. If you place an ob­ject on the pa­per, the out­line of the sub­ject is left be­hind. The process was in­vented by Sir John Her­schel, part of the fa­mous fam­ily that made an im­pact in as­tron­omy and many other fields.

Her­schel saw cyan­otype as a way to re­pro­duce tech­ni­cal notes and di­a­grams – and the process was used for years to make engi­neer­ing and ar­chi­tec­tural blue­prints – but it took an­other pi­o­neer to see its pho­to­graphic po­ten­tial…

Anna Atkins was a botanist and pho­tog­ra­pher in the early 19th cen­tury, who used cyan­otypes to pro­duce what is con­sid­ered the first book ever to be il­lus­trated with pho­to­graphic images. She gath­ered many plants and grasses to record their shapes and struc­ture. In our homage to the great lady, we’ve cre­ated a mod­ern-day cyan­otype ef­fect in Pho­to­shop with our shot of this hedgerow plant.

Be­fore Af­ter

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