Tutorial – Aged photography

Today in part 2 of the Mini Tutorials we will learn how to go from this:

to this:

Because sometimes there is nothing better than an old, antique feeling to a photography, am I right? Of course I am.

So start off with your chosen image. I chose this one of our summer house in Stockholm’s archipelago. The place have a history, so it’s only fair that it’s well-represented in the photo as well!

1. The first thing you need to do is create contrast in your photo, as old images often have dark parts and a lot of blacken in them. Create a new layer at Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves. Create a sort of S shape like I did below, until you reach satisfactory result.
Skärmavbild 2013-01-13 kl. 15.08.39

2. Create a sepia gradient. Go to Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map. Open up Gradient Editor to create the perfect gradient for your image. Under the gradient box, click the left square and change the color to #1a1811. Do the same thing for the right box but change to color #f2ece4. This gives you a gradient going from almost black to egg shell white, but you’re not quite there yet. Click anywhere below the gradient box to create a new square, fill it with color #a09882, and placement around 70%.
Skärmavbild 2013-01-13 kl. 15.10.59

3. You could claim your image done. But if you want to take it a step further and really enhance the image of being old and worn you can add brushes to that. Brushes can be downloaded for free from a variety of sources, but I got mine from here. Create a new layer, set the opacity to around 15-20% and give your creativity a go.
Skärmavbild 2013-01-13 kl. 15.16.09

And you’re done! Not that hard at all.

5 thoughts on “Tutorial – Aged photography

  1. Very interesting! Both the full-color & the black-&-white photos are intriguing & beautiful-they create a sense of mystery about the little building, the nature surrounding it & if this pic was taken in a park; whether it’s a small barn out in the countryside; whether it’s woods, a pasture; really fascinating! Where are the people in the photo, it makes me wonder?

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