I have always wanted to create my own postcards, and saw this as a great chance to try. I am a big fan of the vintage style postcards, often found in tourist traps and museum shops around the country - although this style was certainly more popular in the mid-20th century.
I chose Lancaster, Ohio as my first subject, as it is a great little historic town with some truly lovely scenery; that, and my wife was born and raised there.
I used three similar processes, using a variation of Illustrator and Photoshop layers, opacities and effects.
The final images are examples of these variations.
I had a lot of fun creating these and believe I will do more, perhaps as a series.
Adobe Illustrator CS4
Adobe Photoshop CS4
(for some reason these images seem darker than intended, when posted here)