Vintage Effect in Affinity Photo

Today we’re going to take this modern
photo and give it an old rustic look. Hello and welcome to another Affinity
Revolution tutorial. Today we’ll be taking this beautiful picture of me and
my wife on our wedding day, and give it an old rustic look. I’ve included a
download link in the description if you’d like to follow along with the same
photo, or feel free to use one of your own photos. The techniques we learned
today will work on pretty much any photo. The first thing we need to do to make
our photo look old is turn it black and white. This is really easy to do. We just come
to the adjustments icon over here (this circle) press on that and then click
black and white. Here we can choose how light or how dark certain colors
become in our photo. For this photo in particular I like making the reds a
little bit darker, and then making the yellows darker, and leave the rest of it
alone. But for your own photo you can choose with these sliders how light and
dark certain colors become, and when you’re satisfied with your
black-and-white look just click on this X. And now you can check it on and
off to see how your black-and-white looks Now that our photos is in black and white
we’re going to give it a more rustic look. By giving an orange lens filter over it. We can do this by going back to the
adjustments and then near the bottom there’s one called Lens Filter. Here you
can see it’s already turning orange making it look much older. I think 50% is a little too much, so I’m gonna drop this down to 40%,
just so it’s not quite as orange, but you can adjust it however you like. Maybe you
like having a really orange photo. That’s perfectly OK. Personal preference. I’m gonna keep mine at 40%. When you’re done just press the X. Again we can turn this on and off. Our
photo is looking pretty good, but i think a light vignette would really add to
this picture. To add a vignette we first need to select our photo layer, in
this case it’s the background, and then come up to Layer, New Live Filter Layer,
and then vignette filter. Here with these sliders we can choose how light or dark
our vignette is, and change whether it’s a complete harsh circle, or a very
faint vignette. I’ll keep the this somewhere in the center. In the Scale
you can choose whether it comes all the way in or back out, so I’m going to keep
it back out back out pretty far. And the shape i’ll just keep at 100%. When you’ve adjusted these sliders the way you want you can exit
out of this, and now underneath our background (with this triangle) you can
see the vignette filter applied. You can check it on and off. Ours is a
pretty subtle one in this photo, but you can make a more harsh and contrasted one
if you so desire. If at any time you want to change your
vignette, or any of the other layers, you can just double-click on the icon and
the sliders will come back up. Maybe I will make this a little bit
darker. I think that’s good. The next thing we’re
going to do is add a little bit of noise to this photo, you know, give it that
grainy look that old photos have. To do this, again we select our background,
and then come up to Layer, new live filter layer, and this time we’ll select
Add Noise Filter. Now we can crank this up to make our photo look more pixelated. Obviously 100% is a little too strong. I’m gonna make mine 15%. It doesn’t need to be overwhelming. You don’t want to really grainy photo,
but just enough that you can see a little difference, add a little bit of grain
to your photo. The last thing we’re going to do today
is make this photo a little darker. Right now it’s really bright, but we can add a
nice dark layer to it by clicking on the rectangle tool over here, and then
drawing a rectangle over our photo. It doesn’t matter if you draw over the
photo. You can draw down here if you want. That won’t make a difference. And
our rectangle needs to be black, not white, so we can just switch the colors
up here. Now it’s a black one, but as you can see right now it’s covering up our
entire photo. To change that we’re going to go from a Normal blend mode,
down to Soft Light. Now you can see it’s really darkened our photo. Personally, I think it’s darkened it too
much, so I’m gonna drop down the opacity down to 65%, somewhere around there. I can check this on and off to see the
effect that gave my photo. Oh yeah, check it back on. And with that
we have just completed our old in day photo. We started with a very
modern-looking wedding photo and have easily turned it into this old rustic
looking photo. The techniques we used today can be applied to any photo, so
feel free to take any photo you have and give it this old rustic look. If you want to see future tutorials
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out with more fun at the tutorials in the future. Other than that, that wraps up our
tutorial for today and I’ll catch you in the next Affinity Revolution tutorial.

4 Replies to “Vintage Effect in Affinity Photo”

  1. Beautiful wedding photo (you are very tall with long feet; perfect with the bride respectful behind the groom ). At last now I got the chance to see you, after many tutorials hearing only your voice.
    My question is rather simple: to get a photo in B&W from colour is rather easy (in AP there are many ways), but how to proceed when an old B&W photo should be coloured?

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