I have had quite a few people asking about how I do my retro photos. This is a quick and very easy tutorial that should help those who want to learn the art of taking a photo, and making it an old fashion vintage picture. Well, I for one like the style, and I hope this helps those who wish to try it out. Preview here the final result.

Open your original image.

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Duplicate the layer.

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Go to Image/Apply Image.

Change Multiply to Screen.

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Go to Filter/Blur/Gaussian Blur. Chose (about) 20.0

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Change this blurred layer to Soft Light.

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Merge everything.

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Create 2 blank layers.

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Fill the top with a cream/ yellow color. Fill the second with a dark blue.

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Change the fill and opacity to 70% on both layers.

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Put the yellow layer on Multiply.

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Put the blue layer on Lighten.

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(optional) Merge all and then open a texture on a new layer.

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Set the texture layer to Multiply.

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Merge all and then duplicate the layer.

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Go to Levels and darken the top layer as shown.

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Erase the layer in the center with a large, soft Eraser.

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Merge all.

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Final Result

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  • Kitchen Cabinet:

    Great post! I like the picture

  • mia:

    owesooomeee

  • marija:

    how to fill the layers with yellow and blue?

  • Ariane:

    Thanks! The photo looks good.

  • Kiara:

    wow, looks good!which program is it, to create such vintage photos?

  • YuShiro:

    awesome!!! really inspired me a lot! just one thing, which version of PS would you recommend

  • Alex Roman:

    Select the layers you want to merge, and press Ctrl+E (merge shortcut). Now get a paper texture, search Google, you will find many.

  • Tyler:

    Where it says, “(optional) Merge all and then open a texture on a new layer.” is where it gets confusing. How do you do that?

  • Cool Websites:

    wow.. great tutorial

  • romi:

    ive been searching for this effect for years, thank u so much!!

  • ay:

    hello..
    kinda helping me >.<
    how to fill the layer with yellow pr dark blue color? thanks before :)

  • Kismet:

    VERY cool ! i loved it!

  • fhontie:

    nice, thanks for share :)

  • accident claims:

    Ah just nooticed, it lightens everything up! Thanks again!

  • accident claims:

    Nice tut, didn’t really get what was the purpose of the first step though, what did that achieve??? Thanks :D

  • Website Design Surrey:

    Such a cool tutorial, the end product is amazing dude!

  • Russell D:

    thanks for the rad tutorial

    check out my version here

    http://photoshop-pinups.blogspot.com/2010/04/catrinel-menghia-well-aged-photo-effect.html

  • melina bee:

    wow, I love your tutorials. thanks!

  • admin:

    @ will: 1. the texture you will add it yourself. search for google “paper texture”
    2. at the Eraser tool you have some options, play with until you feel it’s right

  • Will:

    Great, simple tutorial.

    1. How to add texture to the image? Is the texture already from photoshop or do I have to use my own texture image?

    2. The Eraser doesn’t seem to do anything on mine? Why did you use it ?

  • David:

    Will definitely give this a try

  • Nancy:

    this really very helpful and explained in a very simple way

  • Andrew:

    Very simple tutorial! Nice one mate :p

  • Bobby:

    awesome..nice combination.