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How to Make an Image Look Old in Photoshop (NSFW)

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Nov 22

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Making Your Image look old in Photoshop

Learn how to take details from an old photo, and apply them to a new photo to make your image look old in Photoshop.Also included is a Photoshop file of the border we use in this tutorial!

This is the Third and final episode with Mom Nace. We had such a good time visiting, and everyone seems to really like Mom. If you missed Part 1 – How to Repair an Old Photo, and Part 2 – How to Repair an old Photo, be sure to check them out!

What You Will Learn

  • 0:30 – Intro to Part 3, and Showing results of Part. 1 & 2
  • 1:20 – Nudity Warning
  • 1:50 – How to use channels to cut out details
  • 3:00 – Making a selection from channels
  • 4:00 – Copying the border from one image to another
  • 4:17 – Changing the mode from grayscale to RGB
  • 6:00 – Coloring the photo to match the frame
  • 6:50 – Separating the border from the photo
  • 7:40 – Changing blending modes to integrate texture
  • 8:30 – Adding Noise to the photo to make it look older
  • 9:20 – Using a gradient map to match colors
  • 10:00 – Using this border on any image.Challenge!

How to apply this to your images

We have even included the Photoshop File, so you can add the exact border from this episode. Just click and drag it over your photo and you are done.

Now it is time to make your image look old in photoshop. I recommend using a photo that has a bit more of a classic feel to it, so the effect doesn’t look out of place. If you choose an image that is really busy, and has a lot of lights flashing everywhere, it may look odd. Boobs are always a plus, as long as they are tastefully incorporated. Don’t stick this effect on porn and expect to hang it in the Louvre.

Challenge

Apply this sort of effect to your images!

rosie huntington whiteley image look old in photoshop

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait to try this! And you’ve provided the Photoshop file too… Thank you very much! :)

  • Sebastian Ortiz

    Okay well Here’s my vintage try… and yes that’s a new photo of myself… looking like my great great grandfather, Isodoro.

  • Guest

    No, that’s too hard.

  • Oh ok I did it.

    Thanks for the super groovy photothing, man.

  • hehe

    looks just like the weed i used to smoke when i was a kid dude

  • Tanner

    my cat pretending to be human and eating a bowl of soup…hahah

  • Tanner

    looks like my cat took a bite of the photo… it was chicken & rice, he was probably still hungry because it’s not that filling

  • Judy

    Aaron, you look like your mom!!  Hi, Mrs. Nace!!

    I tried it with a new Christmas photo I took last week.

  • http://twitter.com/janiefstop Jane Sampson Photo

    That’s cool! Looks real.

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    Awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/mikulucky Joseph McCarthy

    This was fun, but I wanted to make the image look like it was someone taking a picture of an old picture from a scrap book. So I used shadow, glow, and for light fastness rendered clouds any excuse for clouds. And as the picture is in really bad condition I added tears to the girl.

  • http://twitter.com/mikulucky Joseph McCarthy

    Thats really nice looks like an old hand drawn xmas card.

  • http://twitter.com/mikulucky Joseph McCarthy

    lol change your profile picture to this!!!

  • Robert Kronqvist

    My cat in two different version, one with the boarder, and one without.

  • Robert Kronqvist

    Added two pictures, one with the frame and one without. Thanks for the file Aaron. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Oscar-Wall/1415004700 Oscar Wall

    Just pointed towards a mirror, put it in self-trigger mode, and placed me behind the camera! Gotta love how easily these new SD cards work with old cameras, keeping the old look! 

  • http://www.flickr.com/uw-eric Eric Burgers

    Cool! Here’s mine:

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariah.texidor1 Mariah Texidor

    Loved this!!! ^_^ I made two! Aww man it feels so good being part of Phlearn community again!! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Temple/40402745 Jack Temple

    Hey Aaron, thanks for the template and the video. Great stuff.  Here are my 3 submissions. Turns out moustaches, Holgas, and old photos are like long lost friends.

  • Sebastian Ortiz

    Thanks Guys…

  • http://photography.paulliebrand.com Paul Liebrand

    I used a photo I did from a wedding earlier this year.  I tried to bring some of the colors back in to show the photo has not yet completed faded.

  • Anonymous

    Shift-control-J to cut and paste selection to a new layer. Yay! Could anyone refresh my memory what the shortcut is for selecting one layer below or above in the layers palette? NOT moving the layer, just choosing the layer below or above. Helps to know this when creating actions.

  • http://twitter.com/bethduri Beth Duri

    Thank you so much for the psd template. I know I’ll have fun using it.

    title “Memories my Deer, Memories”
    little play on words ;)

  • Lani

    Some squirrels I photographed a while ago. . .

  • Lani

    picture wasn’t attached :

  • http://www.facebook.com/briedisk Kārlis Briedis

    Actually I like this vintage kind’a look a lot :) don’t know why, but there is somethin beautiful in that, so here’s few of mine :)
    btw thanks Aaron with with this tutorial, but that channel thing…. still dark and unknown place for me :D

    —–
    http://BriedisK.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wouter-van-der-Linde/1118709648 Wouter van der Linde

    booooobieeeess! :3

  • http://www.facebook.com/karlpulanco Karl Pulanco

    you’re mom is waaaay cool Aaron. I’d love to see longer clips, like you used to. well, not preferred by everyone though. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/priscilla.lf Priscilla Lumbreras Fernández
  • http://www.facebook.com/priscilla.lf Priscilla Lumbreras Fernández
  • Anonymous

    Fun, thanks!

  • Chad

    Here’s my photo.  I did a photo shoot just so i can apply your vintage border.  Your website rocks!!!

  • Chad

    Here is the second shot from my Vintage shoot.  Let me know what you think?
    thanks

  • http://www.cap-photography.com Andrea Peipe

    oh that is cool! I really like what you showed us here! I will try this some time with your cool border, I have no time at the moment. 

    Seeing episodes with your mum is always fun to watch :) You two are so great together!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.worth.5 Robert Worth

    Didn’t use your sample image (will have a look at it tho as I love the folded areas) but here is one I have done recently. think a total of 6 images on top of the original (plus noise and conversion to B&W)

  • Scott Stewart

    Hi Aaron,

    I love this tutorial! I have one question on how and why you created Layer 45 in the Group 5 folder.
    It seems like that layer just appeared if you look at 6:20 min/sec on your video. Could you please explain why you created this Layer. Thank you! Scott

  • Kirstine Viftrup Mikkelsen

    I can’t make it work, and it’s pretty frustraiting:/

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