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How to Make a Vintage Photo in Photoshop

Sep 24

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Adding Style For Your Vintage Photo

Congrats to Chris Neel for winning this week’s contest! This is his image and we are happy to edit it.

When working on post-production you have many choices as far as the direction you want to take an image. Will you make it black and white? Will you add contrast? Will you make your subject pop from the screen? Half of making a good edit is taking the image in the appropriate direction.

For this vintage photo, I felt it would benefit from a light, summer vintage feel because of the subject matter. We add a light flare and some extra blur to enhance the overall feel of the image.

Chris Neel

This Week’s Photo Contest

Submit your best Black & White image below for a chance to win this week’s contest! Our contests go from Monday to Monday, so you have all week to submit and get everyone you know to vote for you!

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Contest Guidelines:

How to Enter
Simply add your image to a comment below. Please only submit one image each week. You're submitting images to be edited, so don't do too much Photoshop beforehand. We want to teach not just how, but why edits are being made.

How to Win
The person who best exemplifies the contest theme will be the winner. If two entries are close, the amount of likes, comments, and a great description will be the deciding factor. Winners are chosen by the Phlearn team.

By submitting images, you give Phlearn LLC the right to digitally alter your image and display on, and use your image and any resulting derivatives to promote We reserve the right to change the rules whenever we want.

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  • Warrenstowell

    UMMM…..Is this thing on(Tap,Tap,Tap)  The photo is called The Limelight.  It didn’t post my picture??

  • Warrrenstowell

    Maybe you need a tutorial on adding photos to your contest submissions…….I’m a little slow:)  Hopefully it works this time!

  • Warrenstowell

    Crap!  Any suggestions?  It shows my image when I hit the +image and then does not appear in the post………

  • Warrenstowell

    The limelight.

  • Swasti Verma

    Here is my Entry!

  • Swasti Verma

    Here is my Entry!

  • laurilaukkanen

    “Undeground” – a black and white fashionshoot shot a few days ago… :D

  • Josh Harmon


  • Josh Harmon


  • Frank Lanigan

    The Dip

  • Fergville

    not sure…what browser are you using?

  • Warrenstowell

    I am using safari.

  • Warrenstowell


  • JJWerline


  • ALW

    This shot is AWESOME! Great capture!!

  • Jes

    Heres mine.

  • MichaelSantini

    This is the raw photo out of camera…except for all the edits I did. Just kidding, it’s straight out of camera. Hopefully it can be used. Please vote for me guys! Thanks.

  • Michael S Santini

     Uh oh, I too don’t see my image…I’m going to try one more time. Excuse the (possible double) post.

  • Lloyd258

    ‘Going in for life’

  • Steve Schuenke

    Horse and Rider. Love your Photoshop techniques!

  • Steve Schuenke

    Horse and Rider

  • Sushil Sharma

    Here is mine :)

  • Warrenstowell

    The Limelight.

  • Carolyn Arredondo

    “Miss White and the Lonely”

  • Carolyn Arredondo

    ” Miss White and the Lonely”

  • Carolyn Arredondo

    ” Miss White & the Lonely”

  • dennis

    Thanks Aaron awesome Job! I learned so much from you guys

  • btsculptor

    Miksang Neck – NSFW

  • MichaelSantini

    TOTALLY did not catch the “black and white” requirement until it got pointed out to me. Sorry about that guys. I would recommend NOT voting for this one now.

  • Daniel Zapata


  • Daniel Zapata

    new to this. how do i see my image?

  • Daniel Zapata

    The Grief 

  • Mjlloydphotography

    Diced Pinapples

  • Johann Herrera

    click on the image you wanna see

  • Johann Herrera
  • Johann Herrera


  • Fluffbreath

    image shot at sunset

  • prutatol

    In the Shadows

  • Matěj Adamík

    “Visible age”

  • Prettyeyes157408

    JJ Werline I Love Your picture. It is a precious moment in a daughters Life, as a child and then as they are grown and Marry. Great picture. Good Luck A sure winner…

  • JJWerline

    Whelp by all means please do get all of your friends to Like my post then! 

  • Chrisb106

    Hi, Here is my submission for this weeks theme.  Taken in Newcastle a couple of months ago at dusk.

  • Paulj Dickerson

    I don’t see any photos? Is this a desktop only thing?

  • Rahul Kademani

    “A hangout “

  • Rahul Kademani

    “A hangout”

  • Nancy Young

    nice picture :)

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  • Alexandre Germonneau

    Nice one Aaron !

    Here is my image:

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