Old film in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to add the effect of an old film to your photos in Photoshop.

Final result

Starting materials

Step 1

Open the ‘Film Negative’ image in Photoshop. We need to discolor this image. Let’s go Image – Correction – Discolor (Image> Adjustments> Desaturate).

Step 2

Next, we need a photo. Choose any photo, do not worry if the photo is dark, as in the screenshot below.

Move the selected photo to our working paper, placing it on top of the film layer. Apply scaling to fit the photo within the limits of the film image.

Step 3

Using tool Rectangular area ( Rectangle Marquee tool), select the sections of the photo that overlap the texture of the film. Next, delete the selected areas.

You can temporarily reduce the opacity of the photo layer to make it easier for you to see the borders of the deletion.

Step 4

Next, discolor the photo.

Step 5

Next, go Picture Correction – Curves (Image> Adjustments> Curves).

Select the eyedropper tool. Sample on the image to determine the black point (black color picker), then, using a pipette, select the image area where you would like this area to become the darkest. I chose a plot with a dark shadow on one of the buildings.

Next, select the eyedropper tool. Sample on the image to determine the white point (white color picker), then, using a pipette, select the image area where you would like this area to become the brightest, for example the sky.

Step 6

Now, duplicate the photo layer.

Step 7

Being on a duplicate photo layer, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius to 20 px, and then click OK.

Step 8

Next, to the duplicate layer, add a layer mask by pressing the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask) in the bottom toolbar.

Step 9

Switch to the layer layer mask. Choose a tool Gradient (gradient tool). Apply the settings for the gradient shown in the screenshot below.

Step 10

Click the mouse in the center of the image + hold the mouse + drag the gradient to the outer contour of the image.

Step 11

With the help of the gradient, we will hide the blur effect in the center of the image.

Step 12

Next, add a new adjustment layer. Colour (Solid Color) on top of all other layers.

Use the color shade # 2b2b25.

Step 13

Next, change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Light replacement (Lighten), and also reduce the layer opacity to 75%.

Step 14

Next, add another new adjustment layer. Colour (Solid Color). Color # ddd6bf.

Step 15

Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Overlap (Overlay), and also reduce the layer opacity to 25%.

So we give our image a sepia effect.

Step 16

Next, we add a vignette using a black gradient.

Click the button Create a new adjustment or fill layer (New adjustment layer) in the lower toolbar and in the window that appears, select the option Gradient ( Gradient Fill), and then apply the settings shown in the screenshot below.

Step 17

Change the blending mode for the gradient adjustment layer to Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 18

Next, we add some noise to the image. Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Using tool Fill (paint bucket tool), fill the new layer with a gray middle tone.

Step 19

Next, go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add noise), leave the value at 100%, and then click OK.

Step 20

Next, go Filter – Blur – Blur by Gauss(Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set a blur radius of 1.0 px.

Step 21

Change the blending mode for this gray shaded layer to Overlap (Overlay), and also reduce the layer opacity to 15%.

Step 22

You can also rotate the image and then crop the image to create an additional effect.

Step 23

Finally, Run down (Finally flatten) and to the merged layer, apply a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), blur radius approximately 1.5 px.

Step 24

Your layers in the layers palette should look like the screenshot below.

That’s all! Thank you for being with me. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Final result

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