Old Photo Effect Using Adobe Photoshop
Actually I want to write this tutorial long time ago, but I think my previous technique isn’t very good so I postpone it – until now. I already collect some basic idea from other people in internet about old photo effect using Photoshop. There are some basics technique that many people used it – in this tutorial I tried to combine some ideas from many people. You also can combine many techniques depend on your needs – of course every people will have different needs.
There are some options how to create old photo effect:
1. Monochrome (B&W) or Old Color Photo: you need to choose what type of old photo do you want to create, some people like monochrome but other people maybe like old color photo.
2. Noise: some people maybe think that old photo must have noise – but I think it’s not always – I ever see old effect technique that does not need noise.
3. Blurry (soft) Effect: some people add blurry effect that make the photo not too sharp and a little bit soft.
4. Low Contrast or High Contrast: some people create low contrast old photo, but the other people also makes high contrast old photo.
Basically photo that I used in my tutorial (below) is *special for me – not only because the girl is beautiful but it also keeps *special history for me – and the unique part is (until now) I don’t know who are the photographer and the model. In addition, this photo also influence me to learn photography – and also to learn Photoshop technique more. Actually I have learnt Photoshop since I am still undergraduate student – but my technique is very bad because I just copy paste the technique from books or internet.
In this tutorial, I will make an old photo (from the photo above) with this characteristic: B&W old photo, with noise, with blurry (soft) effect, and low contrast.
Step 1: I use channel mixer instead of desaturation to do B&W conversion – using channel mixer you can control your B&W conversion – you can see the reason here.
Step 2: I use other picture (as noise texture) to create noise – I think this way is better than make noise from Filter->Noise->Add Noise. The source picture that I used to make noise can be seen here.
Step 3: Blurry (soft) effect can be easily done by Gaussian blur (Filter->Blur->Gaussian Blur). Adjust opacity in order to get good result. I also add some lighting effect (Filter->Render->Lighting Effects) to make the focus still on the face and reduce contrast in clothes.
Step 4: Low contrast photo also can be easily done by change brightness and contrast. In this photo, I changed brightness:-10 and contrast:-15.
Finally the result is like this:
Hope you can understand my simple explanation. I am sorry if my explanation in this tutorial isn’t very detail especially in steps, I will make the steps more detail later. Finally if you have questions, comments, or suggestions don’t hesitate to write it – thanks.
Anyway, I have special promo for Outdoor Pre-wedding Service from 2012 Feb, 1 st – July, 31 st . If you’re interested, just click HERE.