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Apr 12, 2010 | Posted in Blog, Life, Tutorials

Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop

Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop

This tutorial shows you one of my favorite techniques called cross processing, which I mentioned in my previous post. Cross processing is developing color print with the wrong chemicals. This causes a lot shift in color, which creates a very retro look. Now I can recreate this technique in Photoshop easy and fun. Take a look at more samples from my previous post before we start.

In the layers palette click on the adjustment layer menu icon and select "Hue/Saturation".

Set the Saturation to 15.

Click on the adjustment layers menu icon again and select "Brightness/Contrast". Set Contrast to 20.

Click on the Gradient Fill adjustment layer menu and set the gradient from transparency to black with style set to Radial. Set blend mode to overlay with 50% opacity.

Click on the Curves adjustment layer. Select the Red Channel drop down and change the curve line like shown in the image.

Select the Green Channel drop down and change the curve line like shown in the image.

Select the Blue Channel drop down and change the curve line like shown in the image.

Make a new "Hue/Saturation" adjustment layer. Set the Hue to 20 and Saturation to 15 with Colorize checked and opacity 50%.

Finally select the "Color Fill" adjustment layer and pick a color you like and set it to overlay with 10% opacity. Set blend mode to Screen with 10% opacity.

Final result

I hope this tutorial help you and feel free to experiment with the setting of these adjustment layers.

Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop

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CSS Brigit | Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop Says:

Apr 13th, 2010 13:18 | Reply

Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop…

This tutorial shows you one of my favorite techniques called cross processing, which creates a very retro look. I want to show you how to create this look though Photoshop….

kryz Says:

Apr 18th, 2010 17:14 | Reply

it really helps me a lot.thank you dear :)

Asmaa Mourad Says:

Apr 19th, 2010 23:50 | Reply

This is such a cool tutorial. I added the effects to an image, and it looked truly amazing :)
Thanks so much Sarah! :D

swgraphic Says:

May 1st, 2010 04:52 | Reply

Hi Asmaa, I'm glad the result came out great : ) -Sarah

Heather Davis Says:

Apr 22nd, 2010 21:46 | Reply

This is the best cross-process tutorial I’ve seen. Lovely result! THANK YOU

swgraphic Says:

May 1st, 2010 04:51 | Reply

Hi Heather, Thank you for your support.I'm glad you like it.

Olivia Says:

May 7th, 2010 17:55 | Reply

this is so fantastic! you wrote a great tutorial with simple steps and pictures, this helped me a lot, and my photo came out really cool! THANK YOU!!!! i hope you have more tutorials :)

Christa Watson Says:

May 25th, 2010 21:11 | Reply

OR you could tweek settings in lightroom, add a vignette, save effect, and apply all and VOILA! ;)

Also probably available in a LR presets pack I’m sure.

L Says:

May 26th, 2010 05:16 | Reply

This is such a fun effect for photos! Thanks for the tutorial. I hope you post more!

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Lara Waller Says:

Dec 8th, 2010 22:34 | Reply

Thanks for the awesome tutorial mate, it’s just what i was looking for.

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Sharon Says:

Jun 13th, 2011 04:39 | Reply

Hello!! Thanks for the tutorial!
Exactly what i am looking for!
Other tutorials also awesome!!!
Thanks again!

Henry Kelly Says:

Jun 26th, 2011 06:46 | Reply

I was just looking to some vintage effects on some marketing print ads.
Perfect timing and great TuT.

Jana Jones Says:

Jul 1st, 2011 17:09 | Reply

This is absolutely the best tutorial for this. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this for quite some time. Thank you!

swgraphic Says:

Jul 18th, 2011 06:55 | Reply

Thank you Jana for stopping by, glad my tutorial help you out. :) Best, Sarah

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