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April 7, 2008 9:32 PM   Subscribe

Edo Photo Generator. Use this ancient photo generator (in JP, but a cinch to use) to give your photos that certain Edo look. Via C. Buddha's Hasty Musings
posted by KokuRyu (36 comments total) 65 users marked this as a favorite

 
That is super awesome.
posted by cyphill at 10:31 PM on April 7, 2008


Great find! It reminds me how excited I was the first time I found Photoshop's "Dust & Scratches" filter, followed immediately by disappointment that it didn't add dust and scratches.
posted by lekvar at 10:33 PM on April 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


I dis-agree with cyphill. This isn't super awesome. It is beyond the realm of awesomeness al-together. A better place. I hope to meet you (pl) there at some time.
posted by localhuman at 10:35 PM on April 7, 2008


Thanks heaps, now I can invent some ancestry.

I now have a lovely image of great grandfather mattoxic holding what looks to be a very early prototype Asus eee
posted by mattoxic at 10:42 PM on April 7, 2008


neat-o.
posted by juv3nal at 10:49 PM on April 7, 2008


this is great. surely someone here knows how they're doing it? Cause I want one that does 1972
posted by billyfleetwood at 11:01 PM on April 7, 2008 [2 favorites]


Getting nunchucks and camera.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:05 PM on April 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


Daguerreoriffic.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 11:12 PM on April 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


This is just fantastic. I've already turned some of my mediocre temple/gate shots into awesome-looking classic imagery.
posted by nightchrome at 11:20 PM on April 7, 2008


Yep, this is a very famous site in Japan. In fact it has over 1000 bookmarks at Hatena Bookmarks, (the del.icio.us of Japan.)
posted by gen at 11:47 PM on April 7, 2008


Hmm... it seems to be the same mask every time. The single images look great by themselves but a few together look, well, faked. But well... it's still crazy fun. Picture of my daughter and I on the train the other day now looks like we were going somewhere awesome and exotic and not just to the mall.
posted by adamt at 12:06 AM on April 8, 2008


Neat. I'd love to see similar services for various effects, if anyone knows of any.
posted by loiseau at 12:22 AM on April 8, 2008


so cool!
posted by divabat at 12:42 AM on April 8, 2008


SO cool.
posted by ORthey at 12:49 AM on April 8, 2008


I couldn't resist Edo-fying a very youthful picture of myself under a tattoo artist's needle.

Now it looks like it feels: part of my ancient history.
posted by squasha at 2:07 AM on April 8, 2008


For some similar filters, check out the online (and IMO better than the free Photoshop recently rolled out) Picnik. This is a cool post, but on Picnik you have a lot more control about what happens to your photo.
posted by emelenjr at 4:44 AM on April 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


I sell software (self-links follow) that simulates traditional chemical photographic processes. The Andy plug-in simulates light being transmitted through a negative and onto photographic paper, with the results varying depending on chemicals and temperatures. The plug-in is in constant use by many professional photographers as it eliminates the digital look of modern cameras.

The fading can be simulated with the TonyREAL plug-in by remapping the full tonal range of an image to the compressed range of old print; it can simulate the appearance of any monochrome sample you feed it. (The deep black level of the demo images is not an inevitable result.)

I don't however, add dust and scratches... that'd be another plug-in.
posted by seanmpuckett at 4:46 AM on April 8, 2008


adamt is right. It would be much better if the scratches and speckle were inserted randomly. Instead they are in the same place every time, making it look mad cheesy if you see more than a couple of them.
posted by noble_rot at 5:04 AM on April 8, 2008


Great find! It reminds me how excited I was the first time I found Photoshop's "Dust & Scratches" filter, followed immediately by disappointment that it didn't add dust and scratches.

It's not like it would be hard to manually add dust and scratches to an image in photoshop...
posted by delmoi at 5:26 AM on April 8, 2008


billyfleetwood - you can fake the 1972 look to some extent with "fake cross processing". Would love to see your results!
posted by kcds at 6:14 AM on April 8, 2008


From the via link: Is MeFi being blocked in Thailand?

seanmpuckett: the Andy filter sounds pretty cool, but can it reproduce the smells from the darkroom? Because thats what I really miss.
posted by Sailormom at 6:38 AM on April 8, 2008


For someone who can read Japanese - how does it work, exactly? I tried uploading a file and a URL and both times got "403 forbidden" as a result. Sadface!
posted by bettafish at 7:04 AM on April 8, 2008


The site seems to be borked.
posted by KokuRyu at 7:14 AM on April 8, 2008


borked : (
posted by sgt.serenity at 7:16 AM on April 8, 2008


no worky for me neither.
posted by thebellafonte at 7:23 AM on April 8, 2008


403 forbidden.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 7:29 AM on April 8, 2008


works for me.
posted by gallois at 9:29 AM on April 8, 2008


Didn't work for me either?

Maybe someone who can read Japanese can let us know. Maybe they only accept certain file types or something and we're trying to upload the wrong kind of files?
posted by benfitts at 9:44 AM on April 8, 2008


Files must be Fuji.
posted by Dizzy at 10:26 AM on April 8, 2008


This is damn fun.
posted by zzazazz at 11:47 AM on April 8, 2008


Quick, someone create a Flickr group.
posted by zzazazz at 11:48 AM on April 8, 2008


billyfleetwood - you can fake the 1972 look to some extent with "fake cross processing". Would love to see your results!

I'll check out Your Plugins seanmpuckett as well. A friend of mine also suggested Exposure

I'm more curious as to how the web based simple version works. In my head I imagine that page with a simple dropdown menu...1982, 1972, 1962, 1952, etc...

Maybe an askme is in order.
posted by billyfleetwood at 5:02 PM on April 8, 2008


> For some similar filters, check out the online (and IMO better than the free Photoshop recently rolled out) Picnik. This is a cool post, but on Picnik you have a lot more control about what happens to your photo.

I missed that link. that's it exactly.
posted by billyfleetwood at 5:17 PM on April 8, 2008


The site is working for me again. I wonder if the site temporarily blocks IP addresses after a certain amount of bandwidth has been exceeded.
posted by KokuRyu at 6:22 PM on April 8, 2008


Oh wow... that's cool!
posted by ReiToei at 6:36 PM on April 8, 2008


Yo, OP. Maybe consider adding "japan" or "japanese" or something similar to the tags? I just searched for this for like twenty minutes before finally just going back page after page to find it.

Thanks!
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 5:14 PM on April 19, 2008


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