Create the effect of old film in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create the effect of an old film in Photoshop using textures, adjustment layers, and filters. With this technique, you can easily create a vintage effect with a realistic film effect.

Step 1

Create a new document with a size of 860 x 640 pixels with a black background. After that, add the paper texture above and set it Opacity (opacity) by 30%. Above we apply adjustment layers: Hue/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and Levels (Levels) and transform them into clipping masks for the texture below (Ctrl + Alt + G).

Above we create a new layer and call it “Mask”. Fill this layer with white color.

Step 2

On the new layer, paste the texture of the old film and set its blending mode to Multiply (Multiplication).

Go to the “Mask” layer and using Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) (Rectangular Selection) create three selections, as shown below. To create several separate selections at the same time, after adding the first one, hold down the Shift key and create two more.

At the bottom of the layers panel, click on the button. Add layer mask (Add layer mask).

Step 3

Over the layer with the mask we add a retro photo with the woman. Click on the layer with the woman with the right mouse button and select Create Clipping Mask (Create clipping mask) or use the key combination Ctrl + Alt + G.

Above the layer with the woman add a new layer and call it “Frame”. Via Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) (Rectangular selection) create two selections of the lower and upper border of the film. After creating the first selection, hold down the Shift key and create the second. Fill the selection with the color #ababab.

Above we add an adjustment layer. Hue/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to discolor the picture.

Step 4

Go back to the topmost layer with the film and above create a correction layer. Levels (Levels). Click on it with the right mouse button and select Create Clipping Mask (Create clipping mask).

Create a new layer and paste on it a seamless noise texture with blend mode. Screen (Lightening).

Above we add an adjustment layer. Levels (Levels). Click on it with the right mouse button and select Create Clipping Mask (Create clipping mask).

Step 5

Take Eraser Tool (E) (Eraser) and, using one of the grunge brushes, remove some of the noise, especially at the top and bottom of the film.

If you want to add more vintage effects, then re-insert the noise texture with blend mode Darken (Blackout). After that, press Ctrl + I to invert the colors of the texture.

Step 6

Then apply blur to this layer. Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter – Blur – Blur in motion). Angle (Angle) set to 90, and Distance (Distance) – 220 pixels. As a result, we got thin barely noticeable vertical stripes.

Next, we apply a new filter to these bands. Filter – Sharpen – Smart Sharpen (Filter – Sharpness – Smart Sharpness) with the following parameters.

Above we add an adjustment layer. Levels (Levels) and transform it into a clipping mask (Ctrl + Alt + G).

Congratulations, you did it!

Here is the final result of the lesson on creating a vintage picture with the effect of an old film strip.

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