Create a quick vintage look in Photoshop CS6

    Create a quick vintage look in Photoshop CS6

    Use Photoshop CS6’s Color Lookup feature to change colours in four simple steps…

    Our after image

    If you want to give you photographs that old vintage movie look, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t have to go out and buy an old camera – you can easily achieve the same nostalgic look by applying some simple techniques in Photoshop. In this quick tutorial, we’ll be experimenting with colour adjustments, then adding grain and a vignette to give the impression that our picture has come straight out of the 1940s.

    Our before shot

    Our before shot

    How to create a vintage look in Photoshop CS6

    Create a vintage look: Step 1

    01 Add Colour Lookup Layer

    Open the ‘color_lookup_before.jpg’ start image via File>Open. Next, click on the Adjustment  layer icon and select Color Lookup in the drop-down menu. All the options to adjust the colours in the image will appear in a separate properties dialog box below.

    Create a vintage look: Step 2

    02 Change the Colours

    There are three different tabs from which you can select the alternative colour effects. To give the image a vintage look, switch to the Abstract tab. Then, from the drop-down menu, select Gold-Crimson. You can experiment with alternative effects depending on how you want your final image to appear.

    Create a vintage look: Step 3

    03 Add a Vignette

    Next, duplicate the Background Layer and label it ‘Filter effects’. Right-click the Filter effects layer and select Convert to Smart Object. This means that you can add multiple filter effects in a non-destructive way. To add a vignette, go to Filter>Lens Correction and switch to the Custom tab. Under Vignette, change Amount to -60 and Midpoint to +40. Click OK.


    04 Add Some Grain

    Finally, to add some grain, go to Filter>Filter Gallery and under the Textures menu, select Grain. Increase Intensity to 20 and Contrast to 60. Keep Grain Type on Regular.
    Click OK to apply the effect, then save the image as a PSD file to keep the layers intact.

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