net_guy 4:52pm, 31 March 2008
I have been doing a little research with all the talk of TTV lately. Since I don't have a duraflex yet, here is my photoshop workflow.

1. TTV Frames with solid background can be found here.
2. TTV Action Set. Helps with processing the photo quickly to look aged.

Getting Started.
1. Open your photo. Here is a nice photo of Venice I grabbed off of a tutorial somewhere.

2. Now open one of your TTV fakes and copy it as a new layer into your photo. Ctrl/Command C to copy and Ctrl/Command V to paste.

3. Move and transform scale of the TTV fake until you get the framing you like. Then crop out the rest of the picture.

4. Change the blending style of the layer to taste. I like to start on darken, multiply, or color burn just depending on the effect.

5. Select your background layer. Now open your actions and select Old Photo Style. If the effect isn't strong enough as you like you can select it a few times. Play around there are several different types of processing you can do.

6. Flip your Canvas Horizontally for that authentic feel. ( I forgot to do this in the example ) As light passes though the lens and viewfinder in TTV photography the image is flipped so any writing would come out backwards.

7. Follow up with a Vinette [FullRes] and you can call it a day.

Another quick tip Blur the edges.

1. Set your background layer to smart filters by clicking Filters - Convert to Smart Filters.
2. Do a Galdstand Blur. Depending on size of your photo and what looks good about 17 pixels.
3. Now there will be a mask that was created that will be in all white. Use a Radial Gradient tool to black out the middle and gradually get whiter near the edges.

Final Result
Venice2 copy
Rachel.::.K 13 years ago
Thanks Net Guy! This is a fantastic quick and dirty tutorial. I'm so excited to try out the action set.
Marisa Hugonnett 13 years ago
Whoa, thats really awesome, thanks for sharing!
darkredbeloved 13 years ago
5. Select your background layer. Now open your actions and select Old Photo Style. If the effect isn't strong enough as you like you can select it a few times. Play around there are several different types of processing you can do.

could you explain step 5 a bit better please??
net_guy Posted 13 years ago. Edited by net_guy (member) 13 years ago
Ok. First you have to download the TTV action set from up top. Then in photoshop there is a actions tab next to your history tab. Actions allow you to save specific steps in photoshop like a macro. Basically it's a script where you can click one button and photoshop does all the work and fills in the settings for you.

Rather than a long explanation check out this page it has step by step (with pictures) how to install and run an action. Just make sure you are doing the action on your background layer (original picture) and not the TTV Layer.

Another resource

Darkredbeloved, did this answer your question?
Steffe 13 years ago
Cool. Thanks for the info, will give this a go.
Cwluc 13 years ago
Oh man thank you for this!
darkredbeloved 13 years ago
kinda yeah thanks!!
Kaptain Kobold Posted 13 years ago. Edited by Kaptain Kobold (member) 13 years ago
Wow! Thanks for this. I was undecided what to do with my 365 today, so I gave it a go:

02/04/2008 (Day 2.93) - Vintage

(I used Serif Photoplus rather than Photoshop, though)
chalupabatman 13 years ago
my attempt
171/365: TTV style
understood jelly [deleted] 13 years ago
genius! thanks so much for this great tutorial!
JWhetstone (Jeff) 13 years ago
The action set is only for cs2/cs3? What about us who only have ps elements? Will it still work for us if we have the latest version (pse6)?
net_guy 13 years ago
You can actually cross process using curves. Check this out.
It will take a little longer.

I'm sure there are a few actions out there for pre 6.0.
Action Central often has compatable actions for free.
ylim0519 13 years ago
Could you explain Another quick tip Blur the edges in detail?

I found the smart filters (filter>smart filter), but I can't find adding mask button and how do I apply Radial Gradient?
net_guy 13 years ago
1. Filter --> Convert to smart filters
2. Filter --> Blur --> Galdstand Blur
3. At this point there will be a white box below your layer that says Smart Filters. We are going to mask out the effect by hiding some of the blur. So click on the white box.

Ok it's best to think of masking as painting a room. When you paint a room you use masking tape to cover trim and windows where you don't want the paint to go. Same way with masking in photoshop. In this use we are removing the blur effect from the center of the picture and slowly adding it near the outside. Here are the steps to do that.

5. With layer masks white will show the entire effect while black will hide it. Grey tones act as Opacity. The darker the tone the more of the effect is hidden.
6. So what we want to do here is hide the center by makeing it black and add the effect near the outside of the photo by makeing it white. What you want to do is click on the white box you created (Your Layer Mask) then go to the left and pick up your gradient tool. (Normally in the same place as your paint fill bucket.
7. Once you have the tool selected. Go to the top. There will be a few options you can select. Mouse over it your looking for the radial gradient (It's dark on the edges and white in the center. You also want to click the Reverse checkbox.
8. Now click in the middle of your image and drag the line to the outside and release the mouse button.

The final should look something like this
Christine Made This 11 years ago
When I pasted the TTV fake on top of my original photo, it is not "transluscent". Am I missing a step?
Ttvphotography101 Posted 3 years ago. Edited by Ttvphotography101 (member) 3 years ago
My wife has a great video on "How To Fake TTV Photography With Photoshop." I saw what the person wrote above and thought my wife's video would help a lot of people out. Here is a link to here video tutorial, hope it helps everyone. Have a great day everyone :-)

My Wife's name is Kendra Portnova
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