Lately I’ve been looking at old photos and wondering what to do with them. Old photos hold fond memories but sometimes, because of the technology or skill at the time, the pictures are less than perfect. Very old photos in particular, do not age well. I have digitized versions of 20+ year old photos that are barely legible. Nonetheless, the images are precious for the people or events they capture.
The good news is that there are many tools to creatively re-purpose photos. It’s easy to augment old photos with text & graphics and inject a sense of context and delight.
For this week’s Friendly Friday Photo challenge, take a photo and re-imagine it as a postcard. With additional text, messages or graphics, re-create your photo into a POSTCARD FROM THE PAST.
Your postcard doesn’t have to fancy. It can be a regular post with an old photo and the story behind it or you can use formatting techniques to emulate a postcard. Here are a few ideas.
1. Using WordPress Block Editor – Media & Text Block
A neat feature of the new Block Editor is the pre-formatted block**. The ‘Media & Text’ block has a simple layout of a picture with a side by side description. In the example below, I use it to give a postcard effect by changing the ‘Color settings’ for the background color. By changing it from white to orange, the block looks like a simple postcard.
Young ladies seen on the grounds of the Sumiyoshi temple in Osaka, Japan. Made of light weight cotton, this traditional dress is worn in summer and called a ‘yukata.’
** Update: The pre-formatted block is a neat feature when it works. I’ve just discovered that if you read this post in the WordPress Reader, the pre-formatted image doesn’t look like it should. It should look like the screen-shot below. Ah well, it’s Friday 13th … gotta expect some glitches! – Sandy
2. Adding Text to your photo
Most photo editors allow for the addition of text. In this case, I had a picture of Hong Kong’s harbor which I thought pretty enough to be the face of a postcard.
3. Using a graphic design app
For fancier presentations, graphic design tools like Canva and Spark can incorporate photos and text into predefined templates. In my previous post ‘Playing with SPARK and CANVA’, I described the basic steps of uploading a photo and adding text and graphics. Taking it one step further …
In Canva, I used the template called ‘Red and Blue Cute Direct Mail General Postcard’ to create this two part postcard.
While in Spark, I created this postcard from scratch, with color blocks, icons and text.
I look forward to seeing your POSTCARD FROM THE PAST. Remember to include a link to this post and a comment below.
This week’s challenge for a POSTCARD FROM THE PAST goes up to Thursday, after which Amanda at StPA will post a new Friendly Friday challenge.
Toronto, Canada. November 2020