Photoshop: How to Create the Look of Vintage, Color Photos


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to transform color
photos into the look of aged, vintage, photos with light leaks and colors that have changed over time. I provided a PSD file that you can download,
so you can follow along. Its link is in my video’s description or project files below. It includes 2 layers: a texture of cracks
and a contemporary color photo of a rural gas station. We’ll convert the photo into a Smart Object,
so we can modify it non-destructively, as well as allow us to replace it with another photo without having to redo the effects. To convert it, first, hide the crack texture
and click the photo’s thumbnail to make it active. Click the icon at the upper, right of the
Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Curves”. To see the entire Curves panel, drag the bottom
down until you see the entire histogram. Open the Channels list and click “Red”. Go to the center and drag the anchor point
to approximately here. Click “Green” and drag the anchor points that
I’m clicking on to approximately here. Lastly, click “Blue” and do the same. As I toggle back and forth, you see the difference before and after we applied the Curves adjustment layer. Next, we’ll add a soft dark vignette around
the inside perimeter. Click the Adjustment layer icon and Curves again. This time, drag the highlight level straight
down to approximately here. Open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker. Make the Size 700 pixels, the Hardness 0%and
the Opacity & Flow 100%. Then, press Enter or Return. Brush over the central area to reveal the
brighter image through the layer mask. Let’s open up the Layers panel, so we can
see more layers at once. Make the photo active and go to Filter, Blur
and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 1 pixel and click OK or press Enter or Return. Go to Filter and “Lens Correction”. We’re going to simulate a concave distortion
that many old photos had. Click the “Custom” tab and under “Geometric
Distortion”, type in: 10. Next, we’ll add light leaks, which would often
be seen on old photos because many old, cheap cameras leaked light onto the film inside. Make the “Curves 2” layer active and click
the New Layer icon to make a new layer above it. Name it, “Light Leaks”. Change the Blend Mode to “Color Dodge” and the opacity to 50%. With your Brush Tool still active, make its opacity: 50%. Click the foreground color and pick a bright red. Then, click on some areas. Click the foreground color again and this
time, pick a bright yellow-orange. Click on one or two dark areas of your image
to brighten them and add color. Make the Cracks texture visible and active. Open your Channels panel. If you don’t see it, go to Window and Channels. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the RGB channel to
make a selection of all the tonal values of the texture. Open back the Layers panel and invert the
selection by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + I. Make a new layer and click the foreground color. For the Hue, type in: 0…the Saturation:
0…and the Brightness: 90%. Then, fill the selection with that color and deselect it. Make the Cracks texture layer active and press
Ctrl or Cmd + A to select your canvas. Go to Select and “Transform Selection”. In the Width field, type in 95% and for the
Height, type in 93%. To accept it, click the check-mark at the
top or press Enter or Return. Alt-click or Option-click the Layer Mask icon to make an inverted layer mask of the selection next to the Cracks texture. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

34 Replies to “Photoshop: How to Create the Look of Vintage, Color Photos”

  1. I love your tutorials, but can you maybe do a tutorial on that Star Wars Battlfront 2 hologram text effect? Or the way they did like half hologram stormtroopers. I would love so much to see how they did the holographic effect.

  2. Hi Marty. One nagging question off topic. I have an old bw photo with brown spots on it, like coffee spills or something. How could I remove the color without just desaturating an leaving a shade of gray instead. That is to say, remove color not desaturate.

  3. Thx Marty i follow same step but i don't know why the brush not worked in my photoshop in the minute 2.34
    Chapeau pour toi

  4. hi!!! is it possible to have the same cracked paper effect in lightroom or do i have to send my image to photoshop to have that effect? thank you

  5. I followed your steps and loved the outcome I used it to make a photo I took on an iPhone look old. Thank you so much for being around and making these videos.
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