Turn Colorful Image Into Vintage Photo Effect In Photoshop


Vintage photo effect is always reminds and takes my mind to the other side of where I am at, now. Something old or aged are part of us. The histories behind, the past and all memories come along with it.

I won't say I am good at creating this effect in Photoshop since I never guarantee to give you all the memories have mentioned above. But, really. I'd love this a lot and want to share with you all. Hoping you guys will also love and want to learn how to create this effect as well.

I used this beautiful photograph from Unsplash and you can also get it to help you learn from here: Smiling Girl Photo.

The only one reason I used this colorful image is to anticipate in case you want to practice with another or different one like something you have captured one or two days before. If there will be different result, you can still follow along this guide because you just need to make changes to one or even all value settings. All steps in this tutorial involve only photoshop's adjustment layer and there are 5 of them plus one filter (optional).

Let's start make this vintage effect!

1. Convert to black and white image with matte effect

If you have opened the photo in Photoshop, now you need your first adjustment layer to be applied. For this guide you can use the b&w Gradient Map adjustment layer that you can access it from bottom of layer panel or go to Layer - New Adjustment Layer - Gradient Map. Make sure that the gradient consists of black and white color as image below.


No need to change the blend mode of layer since it will overlayed perfectly with your background image. Then, we'll dealing with Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer. Here's my settings for them.


And the last for this step 1 is to give this black and white a matte to get a flat or dull surface using Exposure.


And, that's pretty much to do for our first step.

2. Give a bit details to the image

Since the photo has perfect focus for me, so I won't apply one of sharpen filters available. Instead, i'll bring up a little bit details using noise filter to get small textured image.

To do that, make a new layer (transparent) and press Shift + F5 on your keyboard to fill it with 50% Gray color and change its blend mode to Overlay. Then, go to Filter - Noise - Add Noise and apply settings as shown below.


Click Ok when you are done to close it and that would be the only one step for this section.

3. Coloring the image

For your information, this is the last step for this tutorial. And, there are two things to do to colorize the photo to get the vintage or an old look. The first one is using the Photo Filter adjustment layer and choose the Yellow color in the filter option and set the density to 26%.


After that, use the Solid Color and set it to the dark blue (#020042) and change its blend mode to Exclusion and decrease the Fill to 25%.


Using the solid color and actually the noise filter above is optional for you. If you think that both of them are not necessary, you can simply just skip them. But, I think I will use all of above steps since the end result is perfect for me. Here's my final result in case you are wondering how does it looks.


That's all I could share for now. Hope you can enjoy on turn the colorful image into vintage photo effect in Photoshop.

You can also learn about other photo effects I have posted such as:

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