In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll edit a photo and give it a great film and an analog look. Light leaks, vignetting, flares, noises and blurring are part of the vintage aesthetic.
I’ll show you how to add vintage colors to your images in Photoshop. You’ll learn how to wash out details, use blending modes to highlight shadows and highlights, and add textures to give your photo a worn and faded look. Without further ado, let’s go into that.
You can download the image I’m using in this tutorial from Unsplash, as well as this grunge texture pack that we’re using from PSD Stack.
Open Photoshop, go to the main menu and choose File> Openand open the sample image in Photoshop.
This is the image I’m going to use to simulate the film look, but you can use any of your images instead. You can download this image from the resource area above if you want to join. Here is the image opened in Photoshop:
First I will remove some shadows and highlight details so that I can achieve a faded effect. Go to it Layer> New Settings Layer> Layers to create the level adjustment. I dragged the blacks to the whites and dragged the whites to the blacks to remove some details in the shadows and highlights.
You can use the settings shown in the following image. The effect is very subtle and you may not see much of a difference unless you turn your layers’ visibility on and off.
Here are the results so far:
Then we add a color to the shadow with a Monochrome Setting level. Go to Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Spot Color. I chose a dark orange color (# 604128) as you can see in the picture below.
To make this layer visible only in the shadows, change the blending mode Monochrome level to Facilitate and reduce the opacity to approx. 50%.
Decreasing opacity depends on how much you want the adjustment layer to affect your image. In addition, the blending blending mode in combination with a saturated color always affects the shadows of an image. Here you can see that the orange color is now added to the shadows of the image:
Now we color the highlights of the picture with the Monochrome Attitude. To do this, create a new solid color adjustment. I choose a bright yellow color (# d7b57a), which you can see in the image below.
I changed the blending mode to Darken and reduced the opacity to 40%. As you can see, the color has been added to the highlights of the picture. The “Darkening” blending mode with a light color affects your highlights.
Note that the color of the dress is too light compared to the background. To fix this, create one Hue / Saturation Setting level. Select the red tones and reduce the degree of saturation to about -30.
This matches the woman’s dress and skin color to the rest of the picture.
Next we’ll use the Adobe Camera Raw filter. Press CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + E. to create a merged layer of all existing layers. This creates a layer that is above all existing layers. It is essentially a new layer that consists of all the layers you created earlier.
Since Adobe Camera Raw is a filter, right click on the image and choose Convert to smart objects before you apply it.
Go to Filters> Adobe Camera Raw the Camera raw filter Window. From there, I desaturated the image by reducing saturation and vibration. You can see the settings below:
Next I went to the Split toning and added a light yellow and a dark orange to the shadows of the image. You can see the settings below:
Here is a before and after with the ACR filter:
To add natural looking grain, I used some grunge textures. You can download the exact texture I used from the resource area at the top of the tutorial. I use Texture-32.
You can of course add noise or grain to the image, but I prefer using textures like grunge, dust, or film textures to make the grain appear more natural. In addition, using a texture often works better than adding noise, especially if you want to add a worn effect to your image (think of old Polaroids). Here you can see that I added the texture:
I used that soft light Blending mode to mix texture quickly, but you can play around with it Blending modes to see which one works for your image.
I then masked parts of the texture so that they are not visible in the entire image. Mostly on the subject and the sky.
You can mask any part of an image with a layer mask, but you must add it first. To add a layer mask, you can go Layer> Layer Mask> Show All. Now use a soft round brush with black color and paint over the parts you want to hide. Here are my final results:
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