Jul 29, 2014

PHAN WEEK: Create a Vintage Photo in Photoshop

How to Make a Vintage Photo in Photoshop

There are many things that go into making an image appear vintage in Photoshop and this episode highlights all the techniques you may need to make your photos look aged. In this episode, we’ll show you how to create a vintage photo in Photoshop.

Vintage Coloring

Vintage photos tend to lose a bit of their color over time and take on a brown or sepia tone. We have found the best way to re-create this color is through a gradient map in Photoshop. We show you how to set your white point and black point to variations of brown. By placing this layer above all other layers in Photoshop, it will color your entire photo.

Adding Texture to a Photo in Photoshop

In this episode we add texture over our image to make it look distressed and old. When using textures over your images be sure to try different layer blending modes. We use a screen blend mode to make the darks disappear and the lights show. You can also adjust your texture levels, making darks even darker or lights lighter. Depending on your changes your texture will either become more or less visible. For an added bonus, try inverting your texture by hitting CMD + I. This will make light areas dark and vice versa, giving your texture a new life.

Download Sample Textures

Now that you know some of the great things you can do with textures in Photoshop it is time to try some of our textures. Click Here to download the distressed paper sample textures. If you enjoy using these sample textures be sure to check out our Distressed Paper Texture Pack. It includes over 130 high resolution paper textures.





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    Keith Law

    Wow Thanks again. I have watched a lot of your videos and have learned sooo much. Photography is a just a hobby. I started when I was in 8th grade. I have a BW dark room. Photoshop is way better..

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    Gareth O'Neill

    Hey Phamily, thanks for the shout out it’s an honour! for anyone interested in seeing the photo they showed, I created it for my sisters wedding, it’s titled “A Harry Potter Wedding” and you can find it here.'neill?from=user_library

    I also have a Layer breakdown Video for anyone interested you can find here:

    I could not have done such a complex composite without watching Phlearns free and Pro tutorials, from colour correction sharpening, perspective correction, warping, colour matching using the Full check method, dodging and burning, the list goes on. I’ve spent years watching these tutorials and I always find something new to learn or a technique to use.

    Phlearn has taught me so much I don’t know how to pay them back, or say thank you enough.

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    Thank you Aaron – you made my day. After watching so many episodes and learning so much it was surreal to see my image up there!?

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    I L O V E it!!! This is the second episode I’ve seen and I definitely want to see more.. amazing, I think you have another fan…

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    Colm White

    Cheers lads & girls!!
    As always, full of positivity and energy, thanks again, I will try this idea on a picture I have in mind.

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    Your tutorial is the greatest, but I do not know hot to fill in this image in 8:25. Could you tell me how can I do it?

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    For a french like me, it’s not so hard to follow this tutorial and i’m gonna learn a lot with all these videos ! Thanks so much ! 😀

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    Here a picture from a wedding I just shot last week, I like the effect…let’s see what the couple say…