I have received a number of requests from web viewers asking me to explain how I post-processed images with a unique antique appearance.
The steps are fairly simple provided you have the NIK plug-in filters, and images that fit the overall effect.
1) Process images as you would normally for color.
2) Using NIK Silver Effex Pro select the Antique Plate II effect, and use with Ctrl Points if necessary to lighten darken specific areas. Adjust sliders as necessary for desired effect. I typically set the Structure slider to zero. Effect is applied globally with OK.
3) Use NIK Color EFFEX Pro 3 Tonal Contrast filter to add detail and increase grain like appearence. Adjust sliders for desired effect. Typically Saturation is set to zero. Select the Brush option to apply the effect to specific areas or click Ok to apply the effect globally. Additionally, you can paint on the mask and/or lower Layer opacity for further modification.
Note- If the images are to be displayed as a series I would suggest using the same filter slider configuration for each image.