Give a vintage effect to the image in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to turn your ordinary photos into vintage ones. We will look at the various effects of aging from applying textures to applying the correction necessary for realistic aging of your photos.

Let’s get started.

Final result

Baseline materials

Step 1

First, download the stock image of a retro car.

This is our main image.

Download Ink brushes, for downloading, specify the address of your mailbox. We need these brushes.

Step 2

To give the image a sense of antiquity, we need to apply a couple of adjustment layers.

First, let’s apply the adjustment layer. Photo Filter (photo filter). Apply the following values ​​for this adjustment layer:

Filter(Filter): Sepia
Density(Density): 100%
Save glow(Preserve Luminosity): Yes(Yes)

Next, apply an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

Settings for the adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

Color tone (Hue): 0
Saturation (Saturation): -30
Brightness(Lightness): 0

Step 3

Let’s apply the aging effect to make our image look outdated.

Create a new layer, name this layer ‘noise’. Fill this layer with black.

Next we go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (filter> noise> add noise).

Filter Settings Noise (Noise):

amount (Amount): 20%
Distribution (Distribution): Uniform (Uniform)
Monochrome (Monochromatic): Yes (Yes)

Change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (screen). This mode will hide the dark part of the filter, leaving only the gentle effect of noise on top of your original photo:

Step 4

Now we will apply the filter Dust and Scratch (dust scratches filter), which is not often used by designers.

Duplicate the original image, move the duplicate layer to the top, placing it on top of all other layers in the layers palette.

Let’s go Picture – Correction – discolor(image> adjustments> desaturate).

Convert this layer to a smart filter so that we can edit without losing image quality. Next we go Filter – Noise – Dust and Scratches (filter> noise> dust and scratches). Apply the following settings for the filter Dust and Scratch (dust scratches filter):

Radius(Radius): 50 px
Threshold(Threshold): 50 levels(levels)

Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (multiply) and reduce the layer opacity to 70%:

Duplicate the current layer with dust and scratches. Next, we will edit the filter and this will allow us to make a smart filter that we used earlier.

Reduce value Radius (radius) up to 10 px, keeping the value Threshold (threshold) at 50 levels (levels).

Next, change the blending mode for this duplicate layer from Multiplication (multiply) on Overlap (overlay), as well as reducing the layer opacity from 70% to 20%.

Step 5

Download Ink brushes.

Select a color tone pattern from the image you are working with. I selected a beautiful brown / cream color shade (af9478).

Apply the various brushes from the set using a large-diameter brush with an opacity of about 75%.

Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (multiply), and lower the layer opacity to 50%.

Step 6

Create a new layer, name this layer “edge”.

Select one of 10 Ink brushes. Next, go to the brush settings folder in the layers palette.

In settings Brush Print Form (brush tip shape), you will see two black dots on opposite sides of the circle (in the screenshot below it is marked with a red circle).

Translator’s Note: pulling these black points, you can deform a circle into an ellipse and vice versa.

If you pull these points, your brush may become narrower.

All we need is to create a thin edge effect along the contour of our image:

Make sure the color of the selected brush is black. Next, draw an edge effect on the edge of our image.

If necessary, change the angle of the brush in accordance with the edges of the image.

Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (multiply), and also reduce the layer opacity to 80%.

Step 7

Create a new layer. Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (multiply) layer opacity is about 15%.

Using Ink brushes, add a couple more tags. Use a brown tint to create a soiling effect:

Step 8

We need to add a bit of wear to our image, because it is too clear at the moment. Adding shadows will help darken certain areas of the image, which will give the image an aged, worn and stained look.

Let’s start by adding a correction layer. Black and white (black / white). Apply default settings.

Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Linear light (linear light), and also reduce the opacity of the layer to 30%.

Next, apply an adjustment layer. Exposition (Exposure).

Apply the following settings for this adjustment layer:

Exposition(Exposure): -1.00
Shift(Offset): 0.0000
Gamma Correction(Gamma Correction): 1.00
Mode overlay(Layer blend mode): Overlap(Overlay)
Opacity layer(Layer opacity): 15%


Step 9

Download Old Paper Texture. Move this texture to our working paper.

Apply bleaching to the texture as well as scaling according to the size of the working document:

Change the blending mode for the texture layer to Soft light (soft light):

Step 10

Download the image of the Old postage stamp. Select the image of the postage stamp, and then copy / paste the selected image of the stamp onto our working paper, placing it in the upper right part of our image:

Reduce the saturation of the postage stamp layer using correction Hue / Saturation (hue / saturation):


Hope you enjoyed this short lesson. This vintage effect can be applied to almost any photo, because he is truly universal. Have a good time doing this lesson.

Final result:

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