About this lesson
This is great tutorial to learn more about Adjustment Layers, blending images together and really taking control of your old-timey look. Put yourself into photos of your grandparents wedding, or just embrace your inner hipster.
Download the Photoshop file used in the video tutorial and try the lesson yourself.Old, Cracked Photo Effect.psd
Change any photo or image look old and faded. Just like Instagram filters, only with much more control.
When to use
This is a great tutorial to learn more about adjustment layers, blending images together and really taking control of your old-timey look. Put yourself into photos of your grandparents wedding, or just embrace your inner hipster.
Convert to black and white to give it a washed-out look
- Add an adjustment layer: 'Black and White'
- Add another adjustment layer: 'Contrast'. In new versions of P/S, turn on 'Legacy Mode' and bring slider down to about -20.
Add some faded spots
- Create new layer (Command or Control Shift-N)
- Set colors to black and white (‘D’ Key)
- Go to dropdown: Filter Menu/Render/Clouds
- Command or Control Shift-L to access levels control: pull mid-tone slider to right.
- To make effect much darker, set blend mode to 'Color Dodge': Opacity 20%
Add some cracks to the image
- Add a texture image with white cracks
- Bring up blending options. In the Blend If section, drag left slider of ‘This Layer’ to the right a little. Then hold ALT and separate slider to soften the blend
- Change blend mode to 'Vivid Light': Opacity 40%
Add noise and edge to original image
- Convert original image to Smart Filters
- Dropdown Filter Menu/Noise/Add Noise: amount 10%
- Go to layer styles of image
- Section: Inner Shadow: Blend Mode: Color Burn; Opacity:65%; Distance: 0: Choke; Size: 114
From black/hhite adjustment you can add a tint, or change the blend mode to 'Hard Light' to add some color back in to the image.
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