Create a vintage photo effect in Photoshop

Emanuele Feronato Photoshop

Today I was playing with Photoshop looking for some interesting photo effect and I found a quick and easy way to convert a modern photo in a vintage one.

I have already created an action to simulate this effect in Vintage colors effect action for Photoshop, but I am sure you’ll like this effec too.

Follow me through this very easy tutorial and you’ll find by yourself how easy is to achieve this effect.

1) Open your photo

Photoshop Vintage effect

2) Set your foreground and background colors respectively to #ff0000 and #00ff00

Photoshop Vintage effect

3) Duplicate the photo layer

Photoshop Vintage effect

4) With the newly created layer use a Gradient Map

Photoshop Vintage effect

5) On the same layer, use Blending Options

Photoshop Vintage effect

6) Select Blend Mode to Color and Opacity to 50%

Photoshop Vintage effect

7) Flatten the image

Photoshop Vintage effect

8) Apply an Add Noise filter to the only layer you should have

Photoshop Vintage effect

9) Set the filter with 2% Gaussian Monochromatic values

Photoshop Vintage effect

10) Enjoy the result

Photoshop Vintage effect

You may need to play with the last two steps values in order to fit the effect to your needs.

And for the laziest of you, I made an action that does the task automatically! Download the action.

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Comments 119

  1. segunda s. palakpak

    great! thanx for the tutorial!

    nwayz, i played around with it using the following colors:

    foreground color: FF00EA (pink)
    background color: CAE200 (lime green)

    it produced nice results still.. ;)
    thanx for the ps action..hehe

  2. paulette

    this person is absoulutley right i hated that part mi picture loooks kind of bad i want mi picture to look more vintagey i gotta get thruu this.

  3. segunda s. palakpak

    i really like this tutorial..real nice..what’s even more interesting is the different kinds of results you get when you play around with all sorts of colors and blending modes..

    but i guess, the picture you have (the car) is really well suited for this effect..maybe that’s why other people were complaining why they didn’t have the same results that you showed here.. ;)

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  22. Daniel

    This is great. You have no idea how glad I am to have found this site, and I really appreciate your effort in putting this together.

  23. Daniel

    Just to add to the one person who said it looks bad. On certain pictures a Blend Mode Opacity of 50% will be too much, but if you experiment around on these pictures, it’s usually just a case of setting this level at 25%-35% instead.

  24. Amanda

    Thanks! This looks cool, but I don’t know if it worked as well on my picture of an older house near my brother’s school…cool effect anyway! And that’s a cool pic of the car too = D

    I didn’t use the lime green as my background color though, I used #f9d64c and I thought the gold/yellow worked really well as well. I had a higher noise % too. I guess it depends on the picture?

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    Just to add to the one person who said it looks bad. On certain pictures a Blend Mode Opacity of 50% will be too much, but if you experiment around on these pictures, it’s usually just a case of setting this level at 25%-35% instead.

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