Create a vintage collage in Photoshop

In this lesson you will learn how to create a vintage illustration on an old paper with a watercolor effect.

Note: The lesson is done in Photoshop CS6, so there may be some differences in the layout of panels with previous versions.

For the lesson we will need additional materials:

Step 1

Create a new document of 700 x 1020 pixels with a white background. Then, using a watercolor brush, paint over the canvas (for a softer effect, set the pressure and opacity of the brush to 40%:

Load the texture of the paper in Photoshop, select the desired area:

Copy (CTRL + C) and paste (CTRL + V) selected area onto the working document, set the layer blending mode with paper to Overlay (Overlap):

Above we add 2 adjustment layers:

Levels (Levels)

Curves (Curves)

And we get the following result:

Step 2

Load the model into Photoshop, cut it out and place it as shown below:

Apply filter on model Filter – Artistic – Watercolor (Filter – Artistic – Watercolor):

Add a mask to the model layer and use a watercolor brush to remove some areas on the mask:

Next, apply another filter to the model. Filter – Noise – Reduse Noise (Filter – Noise – Reduce Noise):

We get the following result:

Step 3

Above we add adjustment layers and transform them into a clipping mask (CTRL + ALT + G):

Black and white (Black and white)

Correction Mask Black and white (Black and White):

Levels (Levels)

Adjustment Layer Mask Levels:

Curves (Curves)

And we get the following result:

Step 4

Load the texture of the newspaper in Photoshop using Lasso Tool (Lasso) (L) with feather (shading) 10 pixels select the necessary area:

Copy (CTRL + C) and paste (CTRL + V) the selected area under the model layer, duplicate this (CTRL + J) several times, rotate and change the copy size (CTRL + T), then place them around the model, as shown below:

Also place one copy above the model:

Soft eraser (E) gently erase the edges of the newspaper to blend it with the background:

Add more brush strokes:

We will slightly adjust the color balance to give the work a slight old-fashioned effect, and we get the final result:

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