How to Create a Vintage Photo Filter With Photoshop in 60 Seconds

How to Create a Vintage Photo Filter With Photoshop in 60 Seconds

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!

Vintage photos take us back in time to a whole different world. And you can give your photos the beautiful look of old photography with a custom Photoshop action. In this video below, watch me create an easy Photoshop action for a vintage photo effect that incorporates both fade and textur

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Open your photo into Photoshop. Here I’ll be using this Man Stock.

Pixabay Asian Man Stock

Go to Window > Actions, to open the Actions palette. Then hit the Folder and Paper icons to create a New Action Set and Action. Name your new action.

Create a New Action in Photoshop

Next, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels. Adjust the Shadow Output Level to 56 and increase the Shadow Input Level to 23.

Adjust the Levels

Copy and Paste your Old Paper Reference onto the canvas, setting the Layer Blend Mode to Divide.

Paste the Old Paper Reference

Add two new Adjustment Layers: one for Curves, and the other for Color Lookup. Adjust the curve for the Blue Channel to add a yellow and blue tint to the photo. Then set the Color Lookup layer to FoggyNight.

Hit the Stop button on the Actions palette when you’re finished, and feel free to Save this action for later photos.

Color Lookup Adjustment Layer

Here is the final result.

Vintage Photo Effect Photoshop Action Tutorial


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