A Process to Create a Vintage Photo in Photoshop Cs5

Click on the photo and it will open in photoshop. Once the photo is open make a duplicate layer by hitting CTRL+J on the keyboard, this little short cut makes things a little simpler. The reason we make a copy of the photo is to keep the original photo original. If you look to the right side of your screen near the bottom you will see 1 photo with background, this is the original. And the copy will say layer 1 The next step is to name the layer 1; the copy can be named anything that strikes the fancy of the person using this process Now name layer 1. In order to do this simply double click on the title in layer 1.

In order to keep things simple and easy to remember use the name “remove color” because we will remove the color. Once the first layer is labeled go to the top of the screen and click the following tabs in order: Image/adjustments/black and white. Here, the black and white dialog box comes up. When this black and white dialog box comes up there will be several options that will require changes to begin the process. In this box move all the sliders to the left this will slightly darken the photo. In this step there is no wrong or right just set them to your preferences.

Following this change while keeping the dialog box open click on the Tint check box (which is at the bottom of the dialog box) this will cause a tint to come across the photo. The settings I am using for the photo I am referencing are Reds – 13, Yellows – 25, Greens – 20, Cyans – 13, Blues – 10 and Magentas – 53. You can try these and adjust as you see fit. The hue for the tint is 42 and the saturation is 20. With the settings I show above the hue and tint will be at these settings. These can be adjusted to taste my moving the hue and tint sliders. Once the setting looks correct click ok.

In most very old photos you may notice some green to yellow coloring in the photos this happens because of age and break down of the photograph, so select a shade of green or yellowish green from the color palette in the next step. When the color is chosen it can be seen in the foreground of the color picker in the tool box: this is located on the left side of the screen near the bottom. In order to keep from making a mistake and having to start over make a copy of the “Remove Color” layer, and name it “Color Tint with Green”. In order to do this highlight the remove color layer and click Ctrl. J . Next pick the paint brush from the tools palette, and set the mode to color and the opacity to 100%. Setting the opacity to 100% will give the picture the same color all the way through. On the left side of the screen in your tools pallet right click on the brush this will open the brush tools. Once you select the brush tool go to the top of the screen and find the brush tool picker, set the brush size to a large brush and paint the entire picture. Once the whole image is painted bring the opacity of the layer down to 20% or you can set it to your discretion.

A warning here, if the percentage is set at 20% and try to paint the whole picture and let the go of the mouse and repaint an area already painted then the percentage will no longer be 20% it will be 40%. So it is much better to just paint the entire picture at 100% opacity and reduce it to the percentage of choice. Click on the remove color layer to select it, and hit CTRL+J on the keyboard to make a copy. I will name this layer noise. Then go to Filter/Noise/Add Noise. When the Add Noise dialog box comes up, set the quantity to 30% or set to your taste this is going to add or take away from the amount of noise in the photo.

Keep the distribution set to uniform, and check the Monochromatic check box. Then click OK. Now take the eraser tool and erase away some of the grain, setting the eraser tool to 14% opacity works very good. When using this tool pick out things that you would like to draw attention to. Using 14% opacity is a very subtle change so it is a step that can be skipped without losing any of the vintage effect on the picture. In my opinion it does add a little more to the photo. The last step is giving the photo a little vignette. Vignette is a darkening of the edge of the photo; this will give it that aged look.