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Superimposing new photo's onto old

Posted 20/05/2015 - 10:18 Link
How do I do this please? I don't have Photoshop, so is there another way?
Posted 20/05/2015 - 10:20 Link
You'll need some sort of editing program. Buying Photoshop elements might be the most effective way, but you can also download for free a program called GIMP.
Best regards, John
Posted 20/05/2015 - 10:25 Link
Tried Gimp but couldn't get one with it. I use a programme called Cyberlink photo director. Anyone know how to do it on there?
Posted 20/05/2015 - 10:42 Link
Anything with layers would work, depending on how you want to merge the old and new.
Posted 20/05/2015 - 14:59 Link
I'm not very good at layering.
Posted 20/05/2015 - 15:16 - Helpful Comment Link
Try watching a tutorial or two such as this one from Adobe themselves:
Like most things, you don't become good at them without some practice first!
John K
Posted 20/05/2015 - 23:05 Link
I had a go at this recently, and it was quite fun locating the angles of the originals. In some cases you can't recreate them due to foliage or new buildings in the way etc, but it's a lot of fun.

I took the tact of blurring them into the modern scene, rather than having a definite border. My approach was for local people who could spot what was different now but others can get an idea. In this case the clock tower is no longer there for instance.

I used Photoshop and needed to do a bit of warping to get the right alignment. That idea of holding the old photo out in front of you would be a quicker way that shows the same concept, but doesn't require any additional photo editing software. Just a thought if you don't have access to it. Doesn't mean you can't do the same concept, just by hand

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Edited by richandfleur: 20/05/2015 - 23:11
Posted 21/05/2015 - 09:12 Link
Those are really good. I tried it a while back but lost patience because I couldn't seem to match focal lengths. I'll give it a go again with your warping trick.
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Posted 22/05/2015 - 06:52 Link
gartmore wrote:
Those are really good. I tried it a while back but lost patience because I couldn't seem to match focal lengths. I'll give it a go again with your warping trick.


Yeah depending on your source material quality, Photoshop can do amasing things nowadays with 'reshaping' the images without a significant loss in quality like the old days. I used perspective transform, as well as distortion to fit my present day image. The present day was a pano of several shots, so I could fit the old image in the new one and stills give some surrounding concept of where the old was in relation to the new.

As mentioned earlier, if you printed the old out, you could just twist it in your hand, and perform this alignment manually that way.
Posted 24/05/2015 - 17:42 Link
I like those photo's. The reason I wasn't to superimpose is because I want to recreate a photo of my grandparents who died young during WW2. I will stand where my grandmother stood, and dad would stand where my grandfather stood. Taking in a quiet street opposite their old house where they used to live.
Posted 25/05/2015 - 00:00 Link
I never got along with photoshop.
But I love Xara Designer Pro (or as it used to be know, Xara Xtreme Pro)
Although it is primarily a vector graphics app similar to CorelDraw, it's bitmap capabilities are excellent (in recent years it's also a pretty decent wysiwyg web designer application)

Photo merging/melding/composites are easy in Designer Pro, and fast.
I've used it very often for just that.

Here's some examples.
One of these is a composite of three photos. Others of two photos. None of them are the original.

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There's also a cheaper version of Xara Designer Pro, it's called Xara Photo & Graphic Designer which is just as capable.
Posted 25/05/2015 - 09:32 Link
Have a look at Photoblend.... It might do what you want.

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Posted 25/05/2015 - 11:14 Link
I've just come across what looks like an amazing FREE program
Chasys Draw IES Artist (20MB download)
I was looking for something that does super-resolution.... (like the K-3ii)....... It lists (among load of other features )....

Align Images for Stacking
Stack :: Merge to HDR
Stack :: Image Averaging
Stack :: Focus Stacking
Stack :: Moving Objects
Stack :: Super-Resolution

It also does merging/blending...
Tutorial here...

The first video is interesting.....

Don't forget to make a Donation if you find it useful

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Edited by Algernon: 25/05/2015 - 11:26
Posted 25/05/2015 - 23:23 Link
I must say I don't like this effect at all. I love comparing old and new photos of the same scene but like to do it side by side, so I can take in the old scene properly and the news scene properly. Merging them just spoils the experience for me
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Posted 26/05/2015 - 19:48 Link
I saw a YouTube video from DigitalRev where they did it. The results were pretty impressive.

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