Make image look vintage with photoshop

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Author: Tigz Rice. Open Photoshop and load the image to which you want to add scratches.

Photoshop loads the image as the background layer of a new document. It looks like a white square with the lower left corner folded up. Unless the default settings have been changed to automatically apply a fill color, the new layer is transparent, making it possible to see the background layer through it. A contextual menu appears in which the size and hardness of the brush can be altered. Click on the color well in the Tools window and select white in the color picker pop-up.

If the image to which you want to apply scratches is predominantly white, use a mid-range shade of gray instead. Draw your scratches. Realistic scratch patterns can be imitated effectively by rapidly raking the brush tool across the image.

I've set the Amount value to 50 , the Size to 60 and the Roughness also to 60 :. Next, still in the Effects panel, we'll add a vignette effect using the Post Crop Vignetting section. The main control here is the Amount slider at the top. If you drag the Amount slider to the left, you'll darken the edges and corners of the image.

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That's usually the result you want when adding a vignette, but it's the opposite of what we want for our "old photo" effect. What we want to do here is lighten the corners of the photo, as if they've faded over time. Do do that, drag the Amount slider to the right. You can leave the other sliders Midpoint, Roundness, Feather and Highlights set to their defaults:. Finally, reopen the Basic panel by clicking its tab first tab on the left :. Images that have faded over time have less overall contrast, and we can reduce the contrast of our image using a few simple sliders in the Basic panel.

First, to tone down the highlights, lower the Highlights value by dragging the slider to the left. I'll lower mine to , but you'll want to keep an eye on your own image as you drag the slider to judge the results.

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Then, lighten the shadows by dragging the Shadows slider to the right. But again, you'll want to keep an eye on your image to see what value works best. Finally, to reduce the contrast in the midtones, click on the Clarity slider and drag it to the left. I'll lower my Clarity value to This gives me a softer looking image without losing too much detail:.

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Photoshop goes ahead and applies your settings to the image. And because we applied the Camera Raw Filter to a smart object, the Layers panel shows the Camera Raw Filter listed as a smart filter below the image:. To temporarily hide the "old photo" effect and view your original image, turn the Camera Raw Filter off by clicking its visibility icon :. Click the same visibility icon again to turn the Camera Raw Filter back on and view the "old photo" effect:.

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And there we have it! That's how easy it is to add an old, vintage photo effect to an image using the Camera Raw Filter in Photoshop! For similar tutorials, learn how to add folds and creases to an image, or how to create a worn, torn photo edges effect.