photoshop-iconThis is another high quality Photoshop tutorial that shows you how to create a really cool effect. The end product is an awesome dreamy vintage picture, using some simple, but effective, techniques in Photoshop.

The final result of this tutorial:

The first you open the original picture below:

Press Ctrl + B (Color Balance) and set numbers as below:

Your picture will look like this:

Use Selective Color:

The result:

After that, you press Shift + Ctrl + N to make a new layer and fill the layer with the color: #14317A

Change blend mode to Exclusion, opacity: 50%

This is the result:

Use the gradient as below:

Change blend mode to Screen, opacity: 40%

Use Brightness/ Contrast

The result:

Take this texture and place it on top of your picture:

Blend mode: Lighten, opacity: 100%

Continue to put this texture:

Change blend mode to Screen, opacity: 100%

Now, take the other texture:

Blend mode: Screen, opacity: 100%

Put the last texture:

Mode: Lighten, opacity: 100%

Eraser some areas:

You use this text brush to decorate for the picture:

Press Shift + Ctrl + E to merge all layers then go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen

You will get the final result:

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Alex Roman

I'm a 26-year old independent graphic artist and architect based in Bucharest and also co-owner of icanbecreative.

I specialize in branding for small businesses and startups: logos, websites, flyers, posters; mostly everything a brand may need to put the word out there in a professional way.

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  • Tony Mathew
    2009-06-29 07:29:33
    Really Excellent work.!!!
  • Joy
    2009-06-29 07:30:11
    amazing…it’s great tutorial thanks!!!
  • MKB
    2009-06-29 07:30:28
    Really enjoyed this one, thanks!
  • Anastasia
    2009-06-29 07:30:50
    Really funky design, given me tons of ideas for myself!
  • bintek
    2009-06-29 07:31:25
    Awesome Tutorial, Really nice outcome ;)
  • David Leggett
    2009-06-29 07:32:01
    Awesome effect! Keep it up :D
  • Chris
    2009-06-29 07:32:28
    Awesome and pretty complete tutorial, well done! Although not many “new” stuff is learned here, the combination of several awesome techniques like this makes the outcome absolutely stunning. Keep up the great work!
  • Kevin
    2009-06-29 07:34:55
    That looks so sick. You did a really great job. Good work.
  • allan
    2009-06-29 07:35:16
    Very simple tutorial! Nice one mate :p
  • Huwa
    2009-06-29 07:36:18
    awesome..nice combination.
  • Niko
    2009-06-29 07:36:42
    this really very helpful and explained in a very simple way
  • ss
    2009-09-15 19:26:42
    cool !! try yours:D
  • David
    2009-10-30 15:36:47
  • 2010-04-24 09:32:57
    Very cool! Keep em coming..
  • Alexis
    2010-05-03 09:14:31
    this is absolutely stunning, great job !
  • Ada
    2010-05-28 20:12:25
    Thank you, its amazing!
  • admin
    2010-08-20 05:41:22
    Download that photo (Right Click > Save As), next go to Photoshop, to "File" menu, and select "Place", now just browse where you saved the image.
  • Josh
    2010-12-08 08:16:55
    Awesome tutorial. I kind of got the effect, but I dont know where to find the "Selective Color" option. Sorry for being a noob, but could someone tell me where it is!?!?!?
  • 2010-12-23 21:11:42
    This is a very well written post! Keep them comming!
  • cyn
    2011-01-19 16:49:00
  • Stuart
    2011-03-04 21:34:23
    Who took the original photograph? Link?
  • EQ13
    2011-04-02 01:51:31
    ok maybe im just totally new to this but how do i get the textures u use in this turial cuz i really wanna try and use this. i love the end results?
  • 2011-05-08 01:56:42
    I LOVE YOU ! Thanks SO much
  • AVR
    2011-07-28 02:10:21
    Brilliant tutorial, great explanations, perfect examples, and the fact you add the screens only to be pasted over the pictures enhances this material. Congratulations!
  • Francisco
    2011-08-11 18:08:04
    Ok, just fantastic, very helpful.
  • 2011-08-30 18:49:38
    I use this on a photo from my wedding, and did a little bit different, but thank you so much!! You inspired me and helped me create a great image to remind me what I was feeling that day!
  • 2011-10-11 20:11:29
    Fabulous! Learned a ton!
  • Ryan
    2011-10-13 20:32:56
    this was EXACTLY what I was looking for, thank you so much!
  • George
    2011-12-30 01:00:49
    wow dude wow. saw this tutorial and im going to check out the rest on this site.. im kind of curious how you came up with this tutorial, especially the color shifting in the beginning. plz feel free to email me! :)
  • NoName
    2011-12-31 12:37:12
    Til the gradient step it was easy to follow. Then it was impossible.
  • Janine
    2012-01-30 19:14:08
    It seems that the image you use has to be small cuz when I put the textures in it and enlarge them you see big pixels.. and thats ugly? Or am I doing something wrong??
  • dutz
    2012-02-27 13:41:48
    im not sure about After that, you press Shift + Ctrl + N to make a new layer and fill the layer with the color: #14317A
  • Charlie
    2012-03-03 03:13:41
    My picture looks amazing :D thanks for the tutorial!
  • 2012-03-03 22:02:42
  • iicocuk
    2012-03-24 17:10:38
    Looking for this, thanks a lot.
  • 2012-03-30 22:12:37
    Cool... love this tutorial
  • nicole
    2012-04-28 07:56:04
    Wow, amazing tutorial, super easy and great step by step instructions
  • Maja
    2012-06-05 03:27:01
    Thank you so much!!
  • 2012-06-27 14:40:04
    Thank you! Great Tutorial!
  • 2012-06-29 12:25:00
    This is awesome ... i cant believe that....really..
  • 2012-11-03 09:43:51
    Very nice, thank you! (:
  • 2012-11-10 16:44:18
    How to download it?
  • Mary Ann
    2013-03-17 08:07:49
    ooooohhhh simple image can look so awesome...some do some touches and editing and it will be a high quality and breathtaking cover.. COOL !!!! <3
  • 2014-03-29 09:07:51
    wow amazing tutorial thank you very much
  • 2014-09-17 11:21:41
    a simple and usable tutorial. I like it.
  • 2014-09-17 11:24:43
    a simple and amazing tutorial. I like it. thank you very much.
  • 2014-11-16 12:36:07
    i like it . . .. amazing result
  • 2014-11-16 12:37:21
    good job .. . . . .really nice tutorial