I used to do vintage alike photos with Photoshop. Some of my friends asked me how to do it. It wasn’t hard as you think but it is really depends on the color, contrast and tone involved in your photos.
I’m going to show you few steps that make your photos vintage retro alike using Photoshop.
Open the photo in Photoshop. Here I used my puppy photo.
In Layer Windows, click ‘Create new fill or adjustment layer’ and select ‘Curves’. (Press f7 if you don’t see Layer Windows)
You just have created Curve layer, click ‘Curves 1’. In Adjustment Windows, select ‘Red’ Channel. and adjust the Red curve like below.
Select ‘Green’ and apply the same thing.
Select ‘Blue’ and adjust the curve too.
Now go back to Layer Windows, and click ‘Create fill or adjustment layer’. This time, choose ‘Hue/Situation’.
In Adjustment Windows, follow the numbers that i show below. Tick the Colorize check box. In Layer Windows, adjust the opacity level of the Hue/Situation layer you have just created.
May be you can stop right here. But I want to go a little bit further than this stage. Now I’m going to create the Gredient Map. Click the ‘Create fill or adjustment layer’ and select ‘Gradient Map’ this time.
In Adjustment Windows, try to find the pastel color tones. By default, pastel tones are not loaded in Gradient Map. Try clicking ‘>’ arrow icon and select Pastels. Select the pastel color that I choose here and in layers Windows, adjust the opacity of the Gradient Map layer. I set it 10% for this photo.
Now look at the changes before and after editing.
If you have any questions or better suggestion leave the comment in this post.