You may want to add that aged effect to your photos making them look like they were shot sometime in the past. This vintage effect is quite simple to achieve using Photoshop and only takes a number of steps. In this tutorial, we will take a look at how you can turn one of your shiny looking photographs into vintage style photos that will give everyone the impression that these photos were taken way back in the past.
For the purpose of this tutorial, you can choose any of your recent photos. This may include photos where you are holding something modern such as an iPhone. This way, you will be able to make the change from modern to old age in a hugely noticeable manner. Once you have picked out the photo that you will be working with, open up Photoshop and drag the photo into a blank document. The image will be opened as a layer in the document and this is where we will be working from.
You can start by adding a border around the photo using Image->Canvas Size.
Add 30 pixels or so to the width and height measurements of the canvas in order to have the border around your photo. We will then need to fill the border with some color. Simply create a new layer by going to the Layers panel and click on Create a New Layer.
Position the new layer below the layer that has the photo by dragging it. Using the paint bucket tool, fill the new layer with the color #F9F1E5.
At this point, the border still looks too clean and straight so we need to make it look a bit rough and jagged. Right click on the photo layer then select Blending Options. On the Inner Glow tab. Adjust the opacity and noise till there begins to be a jagged edge to the photo.
In order to make our image look aged, we need to adjust the hue and saturation. Create a new fill layer then select Hue/Saturation. Adjust the values of hue, saturation and lightness in order to remove the bright colors of the original image leaving you with an aged photograph.
At this point, our image looks pretty much aged. We can add a couple of scratches in order to enhance the overall vintage effect. This can be done by creating a new layer at the very top of the list.
Using the color #D9C3A9 and the paint bucket tool, fill the new layer with the color then use the Filter > Filter Gallery > Texture > Grain tool in order to add some grain to the layer.
Set the blending mode of this layer to Soft light and turn down the opacity so that the other image is visible. Once you have done this, you have a pretty impressive looking vintage style photo.