STEP BY STEP GET THE WET PLATE LOOK
Use layer tricks, textures and our free borders for your vintage makeover
01 COPY AND PASTE
Open the train.jpg and texture.jpg start images into Affinity Photo. Go to the texture image, copy (Cmd/ Ctrl+c) then go to the train image and paste (Cmd/ Ctrl+v). Grab the Move tool and use the bounding box to resize the texture to fit over the train image.
03 TWEAK WITH CURVES
Click the Adjustment icon and choose Curves. Drag the bottom left point upwards and the top right point downwards. This fades out the black and white point in the image. Drag the line up or down in the middle to fine-tune the overall brightness as shown.
05 BLEND THE BORDER
Open a border start files and copy and paste it into the train image. Hold Cmd/ctrl and click on both layers (Border and Centre) to highlight them then copy and paste into the main image. Drag the layer to the top of the stack then resize and rotate it to fit.
02 BLEND THE TEXTURE
Go to the Layers Panel, click the blend mode dropdown at the top and change the Blend Mode of the texture layer from Normal to Screen. Next click the Adjustment icon in the Layers Panel and choose Black and White. Use the sliders to fine tune the conversion.
04 BLUR AND VIGNETTE
Highlight the bottom layer and go to Layer>new Live Filter Layer>blur>depth of Field. Choose Mode: Elliptical then adjust the circles to fit the image. Increase the Radius to blur the corners. Next go to Layer>new Live Filter Layer>colours>vignette.
06 ADD A SPLIT TONE
Change the blend mode of the Centre layer to Soft Light, Overlay, Screen or Multiply. You might need to tweak the brightness of the image, if so double-click the Curves layer and drag the line up or down. Click the Adjustment icon again and choose Split Toning.