How to Create Vintage Film Look in Lightroom

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In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create vintage film look. We are going to simulate old pocket film camera look from early 70’s which is perfect for life style images, portraits and landscapes. For this tutorial I am going to use landscape picture I have shot couple days ago. Let’s import our image into Lightroom and start processing.

Let’s start with Basic panel. Back in a day old cameras didn’t have a black colour, it was more like grey. So the first thing we are going to do is move our Shadows slider to the right between sixty and seventy. Then move Vibrance and Saturation sliders to the left to around -10. The main point is to lose all the black colour we have.

V1 Now we are going to use Tone Curve panel, if you close the slider panel it will work similar to Curve adjustments is Photoshop. Make sure you are on RGB channel. First thing we are going to do is take bottom left corner and drag it straight up, close to the first line. Then we are going to drag highlights down half way to the first line. Now we are going to make two points. First one should be where two lines cross in the left bottom corner and the second one where two lines cross in upper right corner.

v2Now we are going to do similar to the BLUE channel in the Curves panel.

Drag the bottom left corner up half way to the first line. Now the the top right corner and drag it down a bit less then we did in RGB channel, so lets drag it down quarter way to the first line. Again we need to make two points, but this time we are going to drag the first and second points less then with did in RGB channel. And that’s it with the BLUE channel.


Let’s go to the RED channel. All we are going to do is add a slight S curve. Grab the first point and drag it down very slightly and after do the same with the second point but drag it up.


We are not going to do anything else with the tone curve. Let’s close it down.

Let’s do to the Detail channel, make sure that Sharpening and Luminance Reduction sliders are all the way down.

Next thing I’m going to do is add a vignette, but it’s up to you either you want to add it or now. In This case I think it suits the image pretty well. The go to Grain and add some grain to the image, we are simulating Vintage film camera look, they all looked grainy back in the day. Again do it to your own taste, in this case I am going to move slider all the way up to seventy.

v5 The next thing we are going to do is add some colour tone to our image using Split Toning panel. As you can see it has couple sections – Hue and Saturation sliders for Shadows and Highlights, which means we can add colour tone to Shadows or Highlights.

Lets start with highlights and move HUE slider to around 50, saturation to around 10. This will give our image kind of yellow-orange tint.

Lets move to the shadows and move hue to around 250, which will give our image kind of purple look; move saturation to around 10.

You can adjust the sliders to you personal taste, you don’t have to do exactly what I do, just play around and come up with look that you are satisfied with.

v6The last thing I’m going to do is add some exposure and clarity to the image. Select the Adjustment Brush Took ( K ), move exposure and clarity sliders to the right a little and paint over your subject. If you press the O key on your keyboard you will be able to see where Adjustment Brush tool is being applied.

v7And that’s pretty much it, we have created old pocket film camera look from early 70’s, in other words – Vintage look. This effect is pretty cool and add some atmosphere to the image.

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