Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Beautiful Day for a Walk - Regency images from Ackermann's

I thought I'd do one more fun curtain scene before moving on to post about 
other furniture plates from Ackermann's Repository.  

For this fun piece of digital art I combined a variety of Regency images including ladies of fashion, a scenic element for the background, a beautiful set of draperies, a background made from one of the needlework patterns and to top it all off  a digitized image of one of my favorite antique frames.

I hope you enjoy it!

Digital Art using vintage Regency images from the pages of Ackermann's Repository - EKDuncan 2011

This entire scene was created in Photoshop using a variety of 
Ackermann Repository images, some fun filters and and blending modes.

I love the aged antique look of the original Ackermann's images I've been posting but there are times I want a slightly different look, so I've been playing around with the "photo filters" in Photoshop.  
For this scene I've brighten-up and given these old images a "cooler" tone using "cooling filter (80)".
(New Adjustment Layer - Photo Filter - Cooling Filter (80) is what I've used in Photoshop)

Here are the images I used to create 
"Beautiful Day for a Walk"

1818 Residence of Prince Homburg - Germany using Cooling filter

1818 Residence of Prince Homburg - Germany (Original)
This is what the original image looked like before I applied the cooling filter in Photoshop.
I find it fascinating how a slight change can drastically alter an image.

This is the altered version of the original 1820 Curtain furniture plate I used for my scene.

This is only one of several versions for this curtain I've created.
The rest can be seen and downloaded from my deviantART account by clicking HERE
along with a variety of other Ackermann Regency Curtains I've altered.

This is the original Curtain plate from Ackermann's Repository that I created my altered version from.
More Original (non-altered) Ackermann Curtains can be seen HERE

These are the two Regency Fashion Plate ladies 
I turned into png images to use in my scene.

Altered Version using the Cooling filter in Photoshop

Here is the Original antique image from Ackermann's
This and other 1818 Regency Fashion Plates 
from Ackermann's can be seen HERE

Altered Version using the Cooling filter in Photoshop

Here is the Original antique image from Ackermann's
This and other 1817 Regency Fashion Plates 
from Ackermann's can be seen HERE

I had a bit of fun creating the "fill-in" for the top portion of the frame's arch and making a new floor.
I did this by altering a background digital paper I created in a previous post
using an antique needlework pattern from Ackermann's.  
That original blog post can be seen HERE

I altered the original EKDuncan pattern to create this new look
Other EKDuncan digital background papers created from Ackermann Repository images 
can be downloaded from my deviantART account by clicking HERE

An altered version of a  frame from my personal antique collection

Other EKDuncan frames can be downloaded HERE

I love creating these fun digital scenes in Photoshop and I currently have several
Regency Scenes using images from Ackermann's Repository.

Here are the links if you want to take a look at the others I've created.

Till next time...


  1. Hello,
    This assembling is so nice and rich!
    I like the blue background.
    The old fashion plates are always ladies at the sweet face. They were very talented people who engraved the plates. The Ackermann prints were hand-colored by more than a thousand women who worked in a studio.
    Many thanks!

  2. Hi again Sylvie - Thanks so much for your kind words about my digital creations using images from Ackermann's Repository.

    I have to agree that Ackermann's Repository has some of the nicest Regency fashion plates due to the sweet faces of the ladies. They make me smile.

    Yes, in several of my posts I talk about the fact that the Ackermann Repository illustrations were colored by hand - this fact never ceases to amaze me.

    The information I have shows that the "blanks" were distributed to a large group of colorist who lived all around London and these women and their children did the coloring in their homes - it was similar to a "cottage industry".

    On my post for Regency Fashions of 1819
    About half way down,at "just a tidbit" - I talk about the hand coloring process and show examples of some of the coloring and printing errors that were made.

    The post for Ackermann's Fashions 1820
    Shows another example of a colorization mistake by the colorist for the January Half Dress in the issue I had access to.

    I've been posting Ackermann Repository images for several months so I hope you get the chance to browse through them all.

    Grins and Giggles,