Summer fun in the sun is coming to an end. The BBQ has been cooked, the bon fires have gone out and you have dozens of pictures to post up on your favorite social network for all to see. Here are a few tips on how to capture the good old days and give those special Facebook worthy pics a little retro character.
The Elements that epitomize “that” vintage look every hipster is looking to post on his Facebook page are simple once you break it down: Texture, weathering, discoloration, and over exposure. Nothing looks cooler than a photo that has been passed down for generations with all the character it’s built by being exposed to the sun, moisture, and the occasional folds. Let’s speed up that process in Photoshop.
Aging with Overlays
First we need to get our photos ready. I have selected 4 photos that are available through Fotolia to demonstrate, they are listed below.
Step #1: Planning Ahead
Because I want to give our photo a frame and the appearance that it has been folded several times over the years, I chose my background strategically. I found an old weathered book (http://filterfoundry.com/stock/12646598/) and rotated it 90 degrees in Photoshop.
Step #2: Masking
Using the Magic Wand tool, set to a Tolerance of 20, Anti-alias and Contiguous, select the white border and inverse the selection “select menu>Inverse”Open your second photo, I am using a young lady frolicking on the beach with an old fashion suitcase (http://filterfoundry.com/stock/18067030/) to give it that old world flair, and Copy her.Paste-In-Place using “Edit>Paste Special>Paste In Place” onto the book. Close the original photo of the girl.
Step #3: Blending
Blending allows us to see-through a layer and pick up elements from the previous ones. This is going to help us use the old parchment texture and some of the color to start the special effects stack.
In the layers window, with the girl’s layer selected, change the blending option from Normal to Multiply. (if you are not familiar with this option, play around with it, it’s fun)
Once again, using the Layers window create an adjustment layer (center icon on the bottom) by selecting Exposure. For this example I used an Exposure of + 0.87 and an Offset of -0.0440 (I left the Gamma alone.)
Using the same Paste In Place trick, add your textures. First I’m adding aging by using a green watercolor stain (http://www.fotolia.com/id/15274716/) and rotating it 180 degrees. In the Layers window I multiply and reduce the Fill to 50%.
I then take a blue parchment texture (http://www.fotolia.com/id/18303973/) to balance the green and repeat the paste in place process, but instead of Multiply I use Overlay and leave the both Fill and Opacity at 100%.