Vintage photo effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will create a vintage effect for a photo using filters, color corrections and blending modes.

Final result:

Step 1

Open the photo with which we will work in Photoshop.

Create a copy of the photo layer (Ctrl + J) and apply a filter Gaussian blur (Filter> Gaussian Blur) (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a value of 25 pixels.

Set the blending mode for the blurred layer. Soft light (Soft Light) and reduce Fill (Fill) up to 20%.

Step 2. Sharpening

Create another copy of the original photo layer. Apply a filter to it. Colour contrast (Filter> Other> Color Contrast) (Filter> Other> Contrast).

Set the layer blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 3. Embossing

Once again, create a copy of the original photo layer. Apply a filter to it. Stamping (Filter> Stylize> Emboss) (Filter> Stylize> Emboss).

Set the blending mode Overlap (Overlay) and reduce Fill (Fill) up to 25%.

Step 4. Noise

Create a new layer and fill it with white. Apply noise filter (Filter> Noise> Add Noise) (Filter> Noise> Add Noise).

Reduce layer fill to 25% and set blending mode Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 5. Correction Curves (Curves)

On top of all layers, create a Curves adjustment layer and set up only the Red channel.

Step 6. Create soft light

Create a copy of the original photo layer. Bleach it (Ctrl + Shift + U) and set the blending mode Overlap (Overlay), reduce the fill layer to 25%.

Create a copy of the bleached layer and apply a filter to it. Gaussian blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Reduce fill to 50%.

Step 7. White color

Create a new layer and fill it with white. Reduce its fill to 10%.

Step 8. Gradient Map (Gradient Map)

Create an adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map): # B6259A – # FFF429.

Set the blending mode Chromaticity (Color) and reduce the fill of the layer to 25%.

Step 9. Add color

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N) and with a soft brush add blue and magenta colors.

Apply filter Motion blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur) (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur) twice.

Place the blurred layer in a separate group and change its blending mode to Lightening (Screen).

Final result:

Before and after:

Author: Adrien

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