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Fake A Vintage Photo

by Steph on 26 April 2012
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I love the look of vintage photographs. But sometimes I feel like they are “too” vintage…Especially around the face. I like my photos to have a nice clear face. So I am going to show you have to make your own “vintage” photos, without adding noise to the face.

Here is the picture I am going to use. I already made it B&W. Check out my black and white lesson if you missed it -HERE-

You can leave your photo colored if you want, I just wanted this particular picture B&W.

Next we are going to open up a texture and blend it with our photo. Place the texture on top of your picture and group it together with your picture – “Control/Command G”. Then head over to the layer pallet to the right- see the red arrow? Here is where you pick your blending style. I usually do soft light or overlay. But play around. You might like something else better. For this picture, I chose soft light.

Now we are going to erase the texture from the face. Choose a soft edged brush. Set your opacity to about 100% and erase around the face. I wanted a little bit of texture on his clothes, so I set the opacity lower and erased his little suit. If you want more texture on your photo simply duplicate your texture  “Control/Command J”. You wont have to erase again.

And here is our finished photo! I also added a quick edge burn. I love this look. Super easy and so many things to do with all the different types of textures out there!

PS- I love writing these tuts for you all. I love the positive feed back I have been getting. Is there something you would like to see me cover? Leave me a comment and I’ll do my darndest to make it happen!

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1 Donna 26 April 2012 at 3:08 am

I would love, love, love to have a clear PSE tutorial on how to use all the glitter styles that I’ve been getting with my kits (& all the other styles too!)…I just don’t have a clue! I look forward to all these tutorials you’re doing for us…Thanks!!


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