send me a postcard

Postcards are great to pick up while on a trip. You can often find a great slice of life where you are without actually having to go to the same vantage point.

I love picking them up just for fun wherever I go.

But what I love even more are the look of vintage postcards.
But those aren’t exactly within your reach.

Or are they….


[ These were printed on my Epson PictureMate Charm and photographed on my iPhone. ]

While working on a particular project, I thought it would be so cool to have some vintage postcards to be a part of it. But where on earth would I find them???

Then the thought occurred to me . . . make my own. 

It’s so easy to vintagefy (yeah, it’s a word) a photo these days! Just add some words using a retro-looking style font to a photo that you took on your trip–with a retro  filter of some kind added, of course–and voila! You’ve got yourself your very own vintage postcard!

So let’s take a look at this picture from NYC. I use an in-camera app called Camera Noir to give this a vintage black and white feel. I added my text in Photoshop and got this:


So easy!

Then I took it one step further. I used Rad Lab to add some various stylets to get a vintage and faded look. Curved my text on this one, added a little border and got this look:


A couple extra steps, but still, very easy.

Then I decided I wanted to get really creative. Many of those vintage photos are sketches or paintings of the town. I wanted to achieve a similar look–just to see if I could. So I pulled out my trusty Filter Gallery in Photoshop and added a Dry Brush Artistic filter in addition to the Texturizer Texture filter and got started in on this one. Then I pulled up my favorite Rad Lab and started playing away with a whole assortment of filters. When it comes to something like this, the only thing you can do is play because every photo–color, subject, contrast–is different and these filters and stylets will have a different affect on each one.

After all that playing, I added a red section and shadowed title. Next, I added  a paper background and changed Blending Mode to Multiply (taking down the Opacity a little), and this is what I got:


And here it is close up so you can see the detail:


And in case you were wondering what this photo started out as–unedited? Yeah, crazy right?


Combine my love of travel with my love of photography and mix it in with my other love of all things vintage?

This was fun for me. :)

2017-02-07T18:27:00+00:00March 27th, 2014|photography, tips and tricks|4 Comments


  1. Rebecca March 27, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    You are just a genius. I’m in love with these.

  2. {dawn} March 28, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Totally love this idea..umm – totally love ALL of your ideas! However, my Photoshop skills are nowhere near yours. Recently (around Christmas when I had bought your “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” file) I found that I can do this on Designer Silhouette. I adjust my photo on Picassa, import it into Silhouette, and bring on one of your files – adjusting the opacity/color, etc. – all skills learned from your classes! Yeah! I feel so talented! Thanks, Kerri!!

  3. Vicki March 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    What a great idea! I need to start working on learning photoshop.

  4. yolande k April 7, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Super idée !!! Je n’ai pas photoshop, mais je peux obtenir cet effet peinture avec mon Picas ! Merci encore Kerri !

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