Give Your Image a Vintage and Retro Feel Using Photoshop

You can use Photoshop to give your images an old school make over, use a combination of curves adjustments and filters to make your image look like it was taken years ago, not days ago!!

 Before After

1. Open up the image you want to work on, and duplicate the layer.

2. Create a new Curves adjustment layer by selecting the Adjustments panel  > Curves. Use the drop down menu to select each individual colour from the RGB palette and change the quantities of the output and input so they are similar to the ones in the example image below. This will instantly give your image a more retro feel.


Curves layer

3. The next thing to do is to add a Vibrance layer, as before select the Adjustments panel > Vibrance. Lower both the Vibrance and Saturation in small excrements until you are happy. Lowering these values will give the image a duller looking colour making it look older than it is.

 Vibrance layer

4. With your duplicate layer highlighted select Filter > Blur > Motion Blur and set the value to around 5 with an angle of 45 degrees. Older photos do not look as sharp as newer images taken on digital cameras so a light blur such as this one will help add to the authenticity of what you are trying to create.

 Motion Blur

5. Now it is time to add a grainy texture to give the image that rough and raw feel to it. Select Create a layer, then from the main toolbar select, Edit > Fill... set the Contents to 50% Gray and blending mode to Overlay. Make sure Overlay is also selected from the drop down list in the layers panel.

6. Next select Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Any percentage under about 10% is good but you can experiment with a higher value if you want. Select Distribution Gaussian and make sure the Monochromatic box is checked.  Now set this layer to about 50% opacity to help blend the grain texture into the original image.

 Grainy Texture

7. Finally you want to add a sepia tone to the whole image as this is very common in vintage photographs. Select the Hue/Saturation option from the Adjustment panel, make sure the Colorize box is checked and then move the sliders around until you get a sepia tone effect. Lower the opacity of this layer to around 50% so the original colour can still show through.

Sepia Tone

Now you will have an image that looks drastically different in only a few simple steps!!

Before close up

After close up

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