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A Simple Trick to Make a Vintage Photo With Photoshop

by | Jul 19, 2016 | Photoshop, Tutorials

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Make a Vintage Photo in Photoshop

Recently, I posted a vintage promotional image on my local Instagram account. i got a lot of likes and follows from it, so I figured people would like to know how I made it. You can do this in Photoshop in just a few easy steps. If you know what goes into the look of a vintage photo, you can replicate it with ease using Photoshop. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a vintage photo with Photoshop in just a few easy steps.

Step 1: Drop your Photo into Photoshop

Open your photo in Photoshop. if you don’t have any good stock photos, download one from here. Make sure you size it how you need. If you are going to use this in print, make sure you have a print resolution photo. You can always scale down for the web, but you can’t scale back up.

vintage photo too bright

Step 2: Duplicate the layer.

You can do this in one of three ways. The first way is to go to the top menu of Photoshop and choose Layer, then scroll down to Duplicate Layer. You can also hit Cmd/CTRL + the letter J. The third way is to go to the Layers Panel and drag the background layer over the new layer icon.

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Step 3: Desaturate the Duplicate Layer

Leaving the background layer untouched, you’ll want to desaturate the duplicate photo layer. Go to Image, then Adjustments, then scroll down to desaturate. This will remove all of the color information from that layer.

vintage photo Sepia

Step 4: Create a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer

Create an adjustment layer by going to the Layers Panel and clicking on the New Adjustment Layer icon. Choose Hue/Saturation. You’ll see a few options come up in the Properties Panel. Set the values as follows. Set Hue to 30, Saturation to 25 and keep Lightness at 0.

vintage photo end result

Step 5: Adjust Opacity

You should see something that looks like a Sepia version of your original Photo. We don’t want that, so we are going to make slight adjustmens to the opacity of both the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and the desaturated duplicate layer. Lower the opacity value of both layers to 50%.

Let’s See Yours!

You should have a yellowed, vintage photo. this works with more photos, and it’s quick and easy to do. How did yours turn out? Go to and post the photos you made with the tutorial. i can’t wait to see them!


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