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How to Create a Vintage Fade Effect Photoshop Action

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a vintage Photoshop effect using such Photoshop effects as smart filters, adjustment layers, and overlay textures.

If you want to create this fade Photoshop effect in a few simple clicks, check my Faded Presets with different overlay textures and a greater number of color photo effects.

Photoshop faded preset promo image

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. How to Prepare the Document

Step 1

Press Control-N to create a new document and use the following settings: 3000 x 2000 px; 300 dpi.

creating a new document

Step 2

Go to File > Place and put your image inside the document.

placing the image inside photoshop

Step 3

Resize your image to the borders of the document and hit Enter.

resizing the image to the borders

Step 4

After that, Right-Click on the layer and then Convert to Smart Object.

converting the image to a smart object

2. How to Create a Vintage Photo Effect

Step 1

Select the smart object and then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and use the following settings:

  • Amount: 2%
  • Distribution: Uniform
  • Monochromatic: On
adding a noise effect

Step 2

After that, go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Texture > Grain. Use the following settings:

  • Intensity: 15
  • Contrast: 59
  • Grain Type: Regular
creating a grain filter

Step 3

Place the overlay texture above the smart object and change the Blending Mode of this new layer to Screen.

changing the blending mode of the layer

3. How to Create a Fade Photo Effect

Step 1

Now let's start to create our fade effect. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient.

creating a gradient fill layer

Step 2

Double Click on the Gradient Fill layer and use the following settings:

  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 135°
  • Color: #f7ff00; Location:  0%.
  • Color: #912a00; Location: 100%.
setting up colors for the first gradient fill layer

Step 3

Change the Blending Mode of the gradient fill to Soft Light and the Opacity to 35%.

changing the blending mode and opacity of gradient fill

Step 4

Create another gradient fill layer with the following settings:

  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: -3,58°
  • Color: #252b45; Location:  0%; Opacity: 0%.
  • Color: #f7ae8e; Location: 100%.; Opacity: 100%.
creating colors for second gradient fill

Step 5

Change the Blending Mode of the gradient fill to Hard Light and the Opacity to 35%.

changing the blending mode and opacity of second gradient fill

Step 6

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map and then Double Click on the gradient map icon and create a gradient with the following settings:

  • Color: #313059Location: 0%.
  • Color: #4c4b75Location: 29%.
  • Color: #ba6167Location: 55%.
  • Color: #ff7038Location: 93%.
creating gradient map overlay

Step 7

Change the Blending Mode of the gradient map to Soft Light and the Opacity to 60%.

changing the blending mode of the layer

Step 8

Create another gradient map with the following settings:

  • Color: #1a535dLocation: 0%.
  • Color: #32d49dLocation: 100%.
creating a gradient map overlay

Step 9

Change the Blending Mode of the gradient map to Overlay and the Opacity to 25%.

changing the blending mode and opacity of the gradient map

Step 10

After that, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves and use the following settings:

creating curves layer

Step 11

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast and create a new layer with the following settings: 

  • Brightness: 5
  • Contrast: 35
creating adjutments layer

Step 12

Now we need to create the last gradient fill with the following settings:

  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 45°
  • Color: #313067; Location:  0%;.
  • Color: #b03d11; Location: 100%;
creating the last gradient fill layer

Step 13

Change the Opacity of the layer to 15%.

changing the opacity of the gradient fill

Awesome Work, You're Now Done!

In this way, we can create an atmospheric-looking image using overlay textures, adjustment layers, and gradients. Feel free to contact me for any help with the techniques we covered.

Final result

If you want to create similar effects using Photoshop actions, you can also check my Faded Presets. This fade effect Photoshop action has a great number of overlay textures and plenty of color Photoshop effects.

Photoshop faded preset promo image

If you'd like to know more about vintage effect Photoshop techniques, check these tutorials:

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