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    Default He made up an old photograph???

    I have this sentence

    He made up an old photograph.

    Does this combination of the phrasal verb 'make up' and the object sound okay, when it means that he made a fake photograph that looks old? Does it sound natural?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: He made up an old photograph???

    Quote Originally Posted by Allon-sy View Post
    I have this sentence

    He made up an old photograph.

    Does this combination of the phrasal verb 'make up' and the object sound okay, when it means that he made a fake photograph that looks old? Does it sound natural?

    Thank you in advance.
    "Made up" doesn't really work here. You can make up a fact. You can make up your face (using cosmetics). With something like a photograph, you "fake" it.

    However, if you say "He faked an old photograph", it's not clear whether he faked the entire photo, or if he took a real photo and only faked the "old" part of it.

    He manually aged a photograph.
    He digitally aged a photograph.
    He manipulated a photograph to make it look old.

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    Default Re: He made up an old photograph???

    Also, what a crooked antiques dealer is distressing furniture - for example, boring small holes to give the impression of woodworm. I don't think 'distress' would collocate with 'photograph'.

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