Vintage photography is all the rage today! Everyone is going crazy with all the Instagram filters and creating a vintage effect. If you don’t have a smartphone, here’s how you can create a vintage photo effect in Photoshop.
To create a vintage photo effect, you’ll need:
- Any recent version of Photoshop should work
Open your image in Photoshop.
Start editing your picture with the Gradient Map. To do so, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map. Choose the Blue, Yellow, Blue gradient preset and use the settings shown below.
Reduce the opacity of the Gradient Map layer to about 30% to get this result:
Now, we will add an Inner Shadow layer style to our image. But before we can do that, double-click on the Background layer in the layers palette and click OK on the dialog box that appears to make the background layer editable. Then, go to Layer > Layer Style > Inner Shadow and use the settings shown below.
We will now add a Gradient Overlay layer style. To do so, make sure the background layer (or “Layer 0” as it has been renamed) is selected and go to Layer > Layer Style > Gradient Overlay. Use the settings shown below.
Now, we will add a texture to the image to make it look really vintage. I used the texture shown below, but you can use any other texture you want.
Lower the texture layer’s opacity to about 20%.
We are almost finished. All that’s left is to play around with the saturation, curves and gradient to get different vintage effects. For my picture, I added another Gradient Map Adjustment Layer, used the settings shown below and lowered the opacity of the adjustment layer.
And this is the final vintage photo effect I got!