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How to Create Vintage Photos With Faded Effect Photoshop Actions

Final product image
What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a vintage photo effect using brushes and adjustment layers in Adobe Photoshop.

I created a Vintage Photo Press with different vintage effects using the same method for my GraphicRiver portfolio.

Looking for even more retro and vintage photo effects? Check out this comprehensive list:

Tutorial Assets

You will need the following in order to complete this tutorial: 

  • Any photo you want to use for this manipulation. You can find some free photos on Unsplash and Pixabay or buy high-quality photos on PhotoDune. I chose this photo from Unsplash.
  • A free brush created by me specifically for this tutorial.

1. How to Prepare the Document

Step 1

Go to File > New and create a new file to work with. Use the following settings: Width: 2000 px; Height: 1500 px; 300 dpi.

Creating new document

Step 2

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

Placing the image to the document

Step 3

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

Creating smart object

Step 4

Select your background layer and then go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color and chose #ebebeb color.

Creating background fill layer

Step 5

Now we need to delete the background layer by clicking on the Delete Layer icon.

Deleting background layer

Step 6

Create a new layer above the image using the Shift-Control-N shortcut.

Creating texture layer

Step 7

Select the image and the texture layers while holding Shift, and then click on the Create a New Group icon.

Creating a group of layers

2. How to Create the Texture

Step 1

Select the smart object and then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Use the following settings: Amount: 5%; Distribution: Uniform; Monochromatic: On.

Adding noise to the smart object

Step 2

Now let's create a texture with our free brush. Select the texture layer and then click B to activate the Brush Tool and draw the texture you want to use for this manipulation.

Creating a texture

Step 3

Change the Fill of the texture to 0%.

Changing the fill of the layer

Step 4

Double Click on the texture layer and use the following settings: Knockout: Shallow.

Changing knockout settings

Now the color of the texture depends on the first fill layer. If you change the color of the fill layer, your texture will also change color.

Step 5

Change the Opacity of the texture to 35%.

Changing the opacity of the layer

3. How to Create a Vintage Color Correction

Step 1

Now let's create color correction layers. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map and create a black and white gradient.

Creating adjustment layer

Step 2

Change the Blending Mode of the gradient map to Soft Light and the Opacity of the layer to 25%.

Changing the blending mode and the opacity

Step 3

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast and create a new layer with the following settings: Brightness: -5; Contrast: -15.

Creating adjustment layer

Step 4

Create another gradient map as we did before, and use the following colors: #564e63 and #8c96a2.

Creating gradient map layer

Step 5

Change the Blending Mode of the layer to Hard Light.

Changing the blending mode

Step 6

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Exposure and create a new layer with the following settings: Offset: +0,0500.

Creating exposure adjustments layer

Step 7

Now let's go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation and create a new layer with the following settings: Saturation: -25.

Creating huesaturation adjustments

Step 8

After that, we need to create the last adjustment layer. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Photo Filter and use the following settings: Color: #e49d16.

Adding photo-filter to the document

Step 9

Change the Blending Mode of the layer to Color and the Opacity to 70%.

Changing the opacity and the blending mode

Step 10

Now we can add a vignette using the gradient fill layer. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient and create a black and white gradient with the following settings: Style: Radial; Scale: 100%; Reverse: On.

Creating gradient fill layer

Step 11

Change the Blending Mode of the layer to Soft Light and the Opacity to 20%.

Changing the blending mode and the opacity of the layer

Awesome Work, You're Now Done!

In this way, we can create a vintage photo manipulation with a fade effect and a texture overlay using Adobe Photoshop.

Final result

If you would like to create similar effects in a few simple clicks, then check out my Vintage Photo Press item in my GraphicRiver portfolio.

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