Here today we are going to learn about “Vintage look photo processing”. It’s very easy to make a good looking “vintage photo” using Adobe Photoshop. We just need to follow few steps to make it wonderful. But first we need to know about “vintage photo”.
WHAT IS “VINTAGE PHOTO”?
When the photo itself is not just of a certain age, but rather refers visually to that age. Adams photos are made in a certain age but their content doesn’t really refer us to their age. Nothing in them necessarily hints at the era in which they were taken (though things about the prints themselves may suggest their age). A vintage photo will point to its era through details. They tend to exhibit something universally recognizable as being from their era.
Now you have learnt basic knowledge about vintage photos. So it might help you to use this effect into only those photos which are suitable with this “Vintage look”.
Here is the photo which i am going to turn into “vintage photo”.
Photographer: Steve McCurry
You can see, this photo has a very wonderful color and a excellent portrait of Steve McCurry. I am using this photo because this photo is a kind of old fashion photo and a “vintage look” can make it more wonderful.
Here is the preview of the photo after I use the “Vintage effect”
So now let’s learn few steps to give a photo a good looking “Vintage Effect”.
ADJUSTMENT OF “LEVEL”
At first open the photo, you desire to make “Vintage Look” in Adobe Photoshop. As vintage photos are a little fade, so we need to adjust the “Level” of the photo. We are going to use the “Level” adjustment to give a little bright and fade look.
For adjusting the level click on the “Adjustment” at the top of the photo. Then select “Level” and a dialogue box might appear. It will show you a histogram of the level of the photo.
Slide those triangles to make the perfect level of the photo. The left triangle will determine the contrast and the right triangle will determine the brightness of the photo. The triangle in the middle changes the midtones of the photo. So If you are not satisfied with the contrast and brightness of the photo, you can slide that middle triangle to get your perfect level of photo. So here I kept the right triangle at 220, the middle triangle at 1.05 and I didn’t change the left triangle because I think the contrast in quite okay. In the output, I slide that left triangle a little at 4, it gives a fade look. These settings changes with each photos. So you should experiment with them to get your satisfied “Level”. Click “Ok” when you are done with it.
ADJUST THE PHOTO USING “CURVE”
Now again click on the “Adjustment” and go to the “Curve”. Here you can see a “Straight Line” which represents the whole RGB of your photo. You can give a good contrast using curve. But I need to change the contrast of definite color. So click on the “RGB”. Now here its showing RED, GREEN, BLUE particularly.
Select the “BLUE” and change the output to 240. You can also click on the upper end of the curve and easily slide it down to get your result.
Now again select the “GREEN” and change the input to 5. It will give a contrast. So you should be more careful about it.
Click “Ok” and go for the next step.
CREATE A NEW LAYER AND GIVE IT A REAL VINTAGE LOOK
Now create a new layer. To create a new layer go the layer option and click on the “Duplicate Layer”. A dialogue box will appear . Click “ok”. You can see a new “Background Layer”.
Now select the “Gradient Tool” from the option in the left.
On the top you can see the color selected for “Gradient tool”. Click on it and a dialogue box will appear as “Gradient Editor”. Click on the color pattern show in the picture below.
Now “Double Click” on the right triangle. A “Color Picker” might shown. Select the “Orange” color as shown in the picture below. Click “Ok” when you get your color. Then go to the right triangle and do the same process to select the same color.
Now “Double Click” on the middle triangle and following the same process select the “Yellow” color for the middle triangle. Click “Ok” after you have all of these .
Now “Left Click” on the picture and draw a Straight line at the middle. After you reach the other side of the photo loose the “Left Click” and you will see a color mixed with orange and yellow.
Now select “Soft Light” in the blending menu of the layer dialogue box. It will show as below.
You can see it’s not that good and a little burned. So all you have to do is just decrease the “opacity level”. I decreased mine to 30%. It’s quite good, I think. So our vintage effect is almost done. Now fatten the image.
MAKE “HIGH PASS”
Create another duplicate layer and go to the “filter” menu. Select “Other” and then select “High Pass”.
A dialogue box will come keep the radius 10.0 .
Now again go to the blending menu of the layer dialogue box and select “hard light” and decrease the opacity. I kept mine 50%. You might need to change it.
Now fatten the image.
GIVE A ROUGH LOOK USING “BRUSH”
It’s the finishing touch. Select a rough “brush” and paint over the edges to give a rough look.
So you see, it’s very easy to give “Vintage Look” to any photo.
Here you can also go to this link to get same effect in “Adobe Lightroom”.
Preset of Adobe Lightroom for Vintage Effect