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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About the Author: Alex Roman

I’m a 23-year old independent graphic artist based in Romania, Bucharest. I design beautiful, engaging user experiences and intuitive user interfaces for the web. I really love what I do. Want to hire me? Follow me on Facebook or Twitter.