The effect of a vintage photo in Photoshop

The popularity of applications such as Instagram showed a huge demand for interesting photo effects. For Facebook users, it is no longer enough to upload their usual photos, they want to use filters to their photos, bringing them closer to realism, such filters as bleaching, blurring and vintage.

It is, of course, true that these filters can add a lot to your photos, and you really get amazing results. However, what to do if you do not have an iPhone, or do not have access to these popular applications? Well, fortunately, the amazing effect of a vintage photo can be created using only Photoshop!

Do not worry if you are a novice user, because this effect can be created in just 10 steps. Below you can see the technique of creating the effect of a vintage photo in Photoshop, which is described step by step.

Final result

Source materials:

STEP one. Open the London Street image from the link at the beginning of this lesson. Duplicate this image by pressing Ctrl + J or right-click on a layer in the layers palette and select the option Duplicate layer (duplicate layer).

STEP 2. Right click on the duplicate layer and select the option Convert to smart object (Convert to Smart Object), as shown in the screenshot below. With this option, you can change the filter settings at any time.

For. In order not to lose image quality during the workflow, it is recommended to convert images into smart objects.

STEP 3 Next, to get a good contrast on the edges of your image, go Filter – Other – Color Contrast (Filter> High Pass Filter).
In the filter settings Colour contrast (High Pass Filter), apply a value of 0.3 px, as shown in the screenshot below:


STEP four. Change the blending mode for the duplicate layer to Overlap (Overlay) to see the effect. You can compare the resulting image with the original image, with the help of minor actions, you will get a great contrast at the edges of your image.

STEP 5. Let’s continue on. Add a new adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast). This time, you need to loosen the color tone of the entire image.

Apply the following value for the option Contrast (Contrast).

See the result after the action:

STEP 6 So, we are approaching the most important step of this effect, in this step, we will apply color toning to create a vintage effect using a correction layer. Curves (curves), adjusting Channels (channels) Red-Green – Blue (Red-Green-Blue).

Add a new adjustment layer Curves (Curves) and adjust the curves as shown in the screenshots below.

First, select Red channel (Red channel) and correct the curve, as shown in the screenshot below.

Next, let’s brighten the image and add a bit of green. Adjust the curve Green channel (green channel), as shown in the screenshot below:

Finally, add a general touch, the blue tint is most important for creating a vintage effect. To do this, correct Blue channel (Blue channel), as shown in the screenshot below:

See result below. The image looks much more vintage!

STEP 7 In this step, we will continue to tint the color of our image. Create a new layer, fill this layer with the color tone # E9077C.

Change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen) and reduce the layer opacity to 30%. The result that you get:

STEP eight. To reduce the pinkish tint of the entire image, create an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and further reduce the saturation value to -20, as shown in the screenshot below:

STEP 9. So, we are approaching the final step. Go to the original layer, to the lowest layer. Duplicate it and convert the duplicate into a smart object.

Next, apply the filter Noise(Noise), let’s go Filter – Noise – To add Noise(Filter-> Noise> Add Noise). Apply value amount noise(strength) 4% Distribution(Distribution) – Uniform(uniform). The only thing we want is to add to the image a gentle effect of noise.

STEP ten. Next, let’s apply the filter Distortion (Distort), Correction of Distortion (Lens Correction), this is the final, but very important touch to the image.

On the layer that you created in Step 9, go Filter – Distortion – Distortion Correction (Filter -> Distort> Lens Correction), go to option settings Vignette (Vignette). In the Vignette settings, decrease the value Effect (Amount) to -100 (dimmed) and set the value Midpoint (Midpoint) +25. Leave the remaining settings as is.

And we finished the lesson!

You can view the final result below. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your opinion on the technique of performance and the result.

Final result

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