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Emulating platinum prints in Photoshop

Anna Nielsen , Jun 06, 2007; 01:57 p.m.

Hi - im crazy about platinum print look achived in Ps. Ive been a trip to Africa and im trying to make a serie of animal images with that look. Can i get some comments on this look and if it is far from original look - how do i do then. Thanks anna

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Emre Safak , Jun 06, 2007; 02:28 p.m.

People who have done it will tell you it is not just about the toning, but the unique tonality. Such difference aside, I find Imagenomic Realgrain to be an asset in emulating all things "film".

Here is a picture (it's puny, but the server's going to complain about the size anyway) to show off the plug-in's capabilities. I know it is not a platinum print, but you get the idea.

Realgrain did the heavy lifting

Harry Joseph , Jun 06, 2007; 02:48 p.m.

Don't blame you for being fascinated. I recently saw an Alfred Steiglitz(one of my favorite photographers) exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The exhibit consisted of mainly Platinum Prints. The subtle detail fascinated me so much, that I'm currently learning how to make those prints the old fashion way. The only problem is that Platinum Prints are made by contact printing. Meaning you need to have a large enough negative to get a viable sized display print. I can't see myself walking around with an 8X10 large format camera, but there are alternatives. You may find some information at this sight, but I can't be to sure about the quality. http://www.powerretouche.com/Toned-photo_plugin_introduction.htm

Patrick Lavoie , Jun 06, 2007; 04:50 p.m.

funny how people with limited knowledge still bash on digital...remember me in the beginning of photography when painter im sure where saying " Nothing beats the real thing and having them on the wall is much nicer than having photographic imitations"

Same stange comment from different era, from those who refuse the change. As Emre said, you can imitate something close to it, maybe close enough for you to enjoy it, and that is the most important thing.

Patrick Lavoie , Jun 06, 2007; 04:51 p.m.

limited knowledge about digital indeed, not limited on everything i should specify : )

Charles Webster , Jun 06, 2007; 07:00 p.m.

I will comment only on the photo posted by the OP. The toning and sharpness (hard to tell at small size) look fine, but there are halos around the giraffes against the background that screams "digital processing." Until you can get rid of the obviously digital artifacts, you aren't getting very close to the look of a high-end analog print.


Terry Spade , Jun 07, 2007; 12:59 a.m.

I did this with a quadtone in PS. I am not sure how close this is to what you want.


Anna Nielsen , Jun 07, 2007; 02:14 a.m.

Thats right Jeff - I asked specific about Ps as this is where i am now in my photgraphy.When i heard about platinum i goolged it and found some photografers sites(Gary Auerbach) with some nice i "real" images i belive.Atually it all started with a post by P. Lavoie about wet-plate collodion. Read it - its very interessting. Anyway - in that post there was a referece to the "ps fine art cook book" with techniques to recreate classic styles and i went for it to try and recreate wet-plate c. This is where i first came across the platinum. But to Daniel - i think i understand what you mean. anna

Anna Nielsen , Jun 07, 2007; 02:20 a.m.

And to Terry - thats a nice image and toning - Dont know about these web images but for me - i need it a bit more silver/yellow. anna

Alan Tagg , Nov 02, 2007; 03:46 p.m.

Combining two photos, I came up with this moody image, time drawn image. The images had a very good range of greyscale tones. A simple curve and solid colour overlay produced the palladium/platinum imitation. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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