Creating a vintage effect in Photoshop

Given the ever-increasing number of remakes of films and television shows, not to mention the popularity of T-shirts depicting images and symbols from our childhood, it becomes clear that everything new is well forgotten old.

Editing software like Photoshop just helps to apply these trends to our photos, by using a technique that allows you to instantly age your favorite photos and create something truly artistic and unique. Many people are interested in this style, which prompts to write tips and recommendations, both from pros and from ordinary users!

I present to you the 10 most useful tips that will help you to apply retro style to your photos and conduct professional editing.

1. Choose your photo wisely.

Creating photos in the style of “vintage” has become so common that people often tend to edit any photo they have.
Of course, there is no reason for not doing this, but the best vintage-style photos, as a rule, already include an element that gives the image a sense of antiquity.

For example, if the people in the photographs are dressed in the clothes of the older generation or the old car is nearby. In this case, when editing, you already have a focal point. And if someone in the photo is holding a Hello Kitty bag (Translator’s Note: Hello Kitty, a bag with a pink kitten), the effect may not be so appropriate!

2. Add Framing.

Some things age the image more than it does, for example, the old Polaroid. Photoshop can help you with this by allowing you to create a border around the photo. But you should not stop at what has been accomplished – you can enhance the feeling of “old times” by bleaching the frame with the help of Overlay options (Bleeding Options) and Internal glow (Inner Glow). If you want to give the image a slightly brownish color on the frame, this can be achieved using the texture of old paper.

3. Experiment with layers of different colors..

If you look at old photos, they often have a darker, more faded appearance. You can simulate this by creating separate layers of cyan, magenta, and yellow, and also play with the percentage of each color. The idea is to arrange each layer on the original photo, taking into account the different degrees of transparency, so the shade will show through, but not muffle the image of the image.

4. Add Grain.

Old photos and videos tend to have grit in the picture that ages them. You can add grain to your images by adding monochrome noise. Just be careful with what noise you use, because in the end your image may look like a television snow if you overdo it.

5. Add scratches.

Besides the fact that the photos are old, it is obvious that they were not treated very well, therefore scratches appear on them. Scratches can be simulated in Photoshop by creating a new layer and adding a bit of noise, and then applying a few scratches. In general, the basic rule here: the smaller, the more. Apply the desired level of opacity to the layer and you will get some good scratches and some grit.

Alternatively, we can search for a ready-made texture with scratches and choose one that suits your taste.

6. Add a shabby texture.

Some old photos were lost. Some were preserved, but were damaged by wear. To make the image wear or scuff or add creases, simply crumple a sheet of paper, then straighten it, then scan the sheet of paper and use it as a finished texture. You can save a scanned sheet of paper and use it as a texture, placing it on top of the main image, changing the blending mode to Overlap (overlay). You can also add some noise and play with the color, but anyway, you will have a beautiful, worn picture.

7. Use Sepia Shades.

Sepia, simply put, gives shades of antiquity. Sepia has a kind of golden brown grain, which you can only see in very old photos or films. Function Color balance (color balance) in Photoshop can help you get the right shade, but there are also ready-made styles with pre-configured settings that will facilitate your work.

8. Create torn edges..

The torn edges in the photo create the atmosphere of what has been happening around for a long time, that the photo has barely survived. Photoshop can help you achieve this effect by using a round brush on a layer mask. Create torn edges and the photo will look as if it was torn and frayed around the edges.

9. Blur the image around the edges.

You do not want the whole image to be defocused, so a small blur of the edges of the image is a good way to create a sense of antiquity. You can use the tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool) to create an elliptical selection, starting the selection from the center of the photo, and then applying the inversion to Blur at shallow depth of field (lens blur). This will blur the image along the edges, while gradually moving to the focused area, selected using the tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool) ,.

10. Black and white image.

Perhaps the most obvious way to create a retro image is discoloration, but simply not enough. As mentioned above, sepia is actually much closer in style to the “color of old photos” than a black and white image, but this does not mean that monochrome (or black and white image) will not be appropriate, it just means that You should pay attention to things like grain and blur as a supplement.

In fact, the key to creating a good vintage photo is not limited to only one action, but is achieved using a combination of methods to create the desired effect.

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