In our previous tutorial we learnt how to give a photo “Vintage look” using Adobe Photoshop. Today we are going to learn another way to give a photo “Vintage look” but this one will give a little abstract look. It will give a very good soft touch in a photo. It calls “Dreamy vintage look”. This effect is mainly used for portrait photos. You can also use this effect in another purposes such as natural photography, still life photography. So here I am going to use a portrait photo of “Steve McCurry”. He is actually a travel photographer and one of the most wonderful photographers of Magnum.
Here is the photo which I am going to use for describing the steps of giving a photo “Dreamy vintage effect”.
Photographer: Steve McCurry
In this photograph you can see a girl is standing on a boat looking ahead. Such a wonderful photo. I guess she was looking for something. Something she wants to see at the another side of the river. This photo gives me a great thought about human being. You can see a rope and the hand of the girl which is locked by herself which may mean that human has unlocked them from many difficulties but they can’t unlock them from their inside things. But they never give up. They always try to reach their goal. So it’s like a dream to human to reach their final goal. So I think this photograph is a good match with the effect I am going to give it. It will make the thought strong.
Here is the post processed “Dreamy vintage effect” of this photograph.
To make a photo such look you need to follow few simple steps. Here I will try my best to describe them well.
OPEN THE PHOTO WITH PHOTOSHOP
At first you need to open the photo you want to give “Dreamy vintage effect” in Adobe Photoshop. To open it in Photoshop click on the “File”. Then click “Open” and select the photo. You can also open the photo by dragging it to the Photoshop field. If you photo is in desktop then “left click” on the photo and drag it to the Photoshop empty field. Then loose the “Left click”. So you inserted the photo in Photoshop.
CREATE A DUPLICATE LAYER
Creating a “Duplicate layer” is very easy and very useful for any kind of Photoshop work. It will preserve your original photo and edit the duplicated one. By this you can reverse the command too. To open a “Duplicate layer” go to the layer option and click “Duplicate layer”. You can see a “Background layer” in the layer dialogue box.
RENAME THE NEW LAYER “SOFT LIGHT”
I am going to use my background layer to give my image a nice soft light glow to it, and since I’ll be adding a few more layers after that, let’s keep track of what I am doing with each layer by giving them more informative names than simply “Layer 1”, “Layer 2”, and so on. Double-click directly on the name “Background layer” in the layers palette and rename it to “Soft light”.
CHANGE THE BLEND MODE “NORMAL” To “SOFT LIGHT”
Now go up to the “Blend Mode” option in the top left corner of the Layers palette. It doesn’t actually say “Blend Mode” anywhere, so just look for the selection box that is currently set to “Normal”. Click on the down-pointing arrow to bring up a list of available blend modes and select “Soft light” from the list.
You can see a high contrast and a soft glow in the photo.
APPLY THE “GAUSSIAN BLUR” IN THE “SOFT LIGHT” LAYER
Now we are going to make the photo a little blur. Mostly used “Gaussian Blur” can help us very well. . To do that, with the “Soft light” layer selected in the layers palette, go up to the “Filter” menu at the top of the screen, choose Blur, and then choose Gaussian Blur. When the Gaussian Blur dialog box appears, drag the radius slider at the bottom of the dialog box towards the right until our radius value is around 7 pixels. I’m working with a low resolution image for this tutorial, but if you’re using a high resolution image, you’ll want to try a slightly higher setting. You want to apply just enough blur so that you remove most of the detail from the image without going so far that you can’t make anything out at all.
CREATE A NEW ADJUSTMENT LAYER
To create a new adjustment layer click on the “New adjustment layer” button at the bottom of the layer dialogue box. Select “Gradient” from there. You will see a dialogue box appear named as “Gradient fill”. Click on the “Gradient” in the “Gradient fill”.
A dialogue box will appear named as “Gradient editor”. Select the “Foreground to Background” shown in the picture below.
Now click on the left triangle. You can see the color of that triangle at the bottom of that dialogue box. Click on the color. The “Color picker” dialogue box will appear. Type “f728e6” at the bottom shown in the picture below.
Now click on the right triangle and follow the same steps. Type “ffffff” at the bottom shown in the picture below.
Now click “Ok” and go back to the “Gradient fill” and make the angle -90 degree. Now click “Ok”.
CHANGE THE BLEND MODE “NORMAL” To “SCREEN”
Now go up to the “Blend Mode” option in the top left corner of the Layers palette. Click on the down-pointing arrow to bring up a list of available blend modes and select “Screen” from the list. now change the “Opacity”. I changed mine to 30%.It may vary with picture. Decrease the opacity until you get the closer look as I did.
Now go back to the “Soft light” layer and decrease the saturation of the photo a little. Click “Image” at the top, click “Adjustment”, then “Vibrance”. Then decrease the saturation. I decreased 30% for mine.
Now add a little “Offset”. Go to the “Image”, then “Adjustment”. Select “Exposure”. Increase the “Offset to 0.05. Click “Ok”.
COPY THE “SOFT LIGHT” LAYER IN THE LAYER DIALOGUE BOX
To copy the “Soft light” layer grab the “Soft light” layer and slide it to the “Create a new layer” and loose it. It will create a new layer itself named “Soft light copy”.
Now fatten the layers. To fatten them, click on the “Layer” at the top and select “Fatten”.
So you see how easy to give a fine glow “Dreamy Vintage look” to any photo.