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How to Create an Old Photo Effect in Photoshop

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      How to Create an Old Photo Effect in Photoshop Part 01


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      How to Create an Old Photo Effect in Photoshop Part 02


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      Submit Your Photoshop Project


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How to Create an Old Photo Effect in Photoshop will teach you basic and advanced techniques inside of Photoshop to create an old-timey, photo effect. 

This effect will allow you take any picutre or image that you have and recreate into a photo that looks like it was taken a century ago!

In this quick course, I will show you how to use textures, adjustment layers, and different types of filters to get the old effect that you want.

At the end of this class, I encourage you to try out this fun feature inside of Photoshop, save out your work, and then upload your finished image as a project to this class.

It's always a blast to see what the students have created!

So if you are interested in leveling up your skills by learning how to create an old photo effect inside of Photoshop, then enroll now and I'll see you in the first lecture.

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Jeremy Deighan

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My name is Jeremy Deighan and I am thrilled to be an online instructor, helping others achieve their own personal goals. I have had quite the range of skills and hobbies through my lifetime. I really enjoy teaching and hope to provide information to others on anything and everything I know how to do! Please take a moment to check out my courses, and if you take any please leave a review and any feedback you have!

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I have an extensive background in different forms of art and design. I have an associates degree in Computer Animation and I've worked with various production houses to create awesome content. Adobe Photoshop has been a staple of my arsenal since I was 16 and use it faithfully to this day.

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1. Introduction: Have you ever wanted to take a professional looking photo and turn it into an old photo? Then this is the class for you. My name is Jeremy Deegan. And thank you so much for checking out the skill share class in this class. I'm going to teach you a very cool effect inside a photo shop that will take any standard photograph that you have and make it look like an old timey photo like it was taking a century ago. In this class, I'll show you different tools and techniques, adjustment layers, textures and all sorts of other things to recreate this effect. Now, for beginners, we do go a little fast. However, I am very detailed and tried to explain every step of the way for intermediate and advanced users. I really think you're going to get a lot of out of this class now. At the end of this class, I ask you to submit a project so that we can see as a class what you're working on. It's really motivating to see what kind of creative work that people come up with At the end. I ask you to please leave a review. It helps me as an instructor know what to do better in the future, and it helps future students know if this is the right type, of course, for them. So if you're ready to get started, let's go ahead and create an old photo effect inside a photo shop. 2. How to Create an Old Photo Effect in Photoshop Part 01: to begin creating the old photo effect inside a photo shop. Go ahead and open up your image now, but before we begin, I want to show you some images that I'm going to be using as textures for this project. Textures can be used from real world photographs and are a great way to add more realism to our image. For this effect, you will need three images. The first image that I am using its old car got J. P. G. The second image is a grungy image that we will use as a texture for our photo that I have named grunge dot jp g. And the final image is another texture of scratches on a wall named scratches dot jp g. I found these textures on a great website called textures dot com. You can search for stained to see where I found the grunge texture front, and you can search for scratches to see where I found the scratch texture from. I will be using photo stain 00 for four in grunge mats 0173 But I suggest that you find your own unique maps and play around with different looks for this effect, you may need to create an account for textures dot com, or you can just search for textures online. Just make sure you always verify the copyright for the image that you use. Once you have your image open and Photoshopped double click on the background layer and rename it original hit. Okay, when you have it renamed, I commonly keep the original image untouched in my files so that I can always access the original later on if I need to. Right click on the original layer and select duplicate layer renamed the duplicate too Old car or whatever is appropriate for the image that you're using. We don't need to view the original anymore, so go ahead and hide it by clicking on the eyeball in the Layers panel. For this effect, you're going to apply the images that we looked at as textures to this image. This is really going to help sell the old photo look that we're going for before we set those up, though let's adjust the colors of this image. The first adjustment layer that you will use as a curves adjustment layer. Using adjustment layers will allow you to edit the values that you set any time later on. During this effect, click on the new adjustment layers button in the layers panel and select curves. This image has some very high contrast in great colors because it looks like a professional photo. We want the image to look like an old photo, where the colors are a little more muted. You can do this with a curves adjustment layer and affecting the RGB values together. Essentially, you will want to make the darker and lighter values closer together. You can achieve this by bringing up the point for the shadows on the left hand side. As I move this up, you will notice that both the shadows and the rest of the image are getting lighter. I take the point for the highlights on the right hand side and bring them down. This makes the highlights and the rest of the image darker. It also brings the values closer together for that muted contrast. Look that we want to go for. The problem is that for this image, I really want those whites to stand out. Bringing the highlights down made the whites a sort of gray, and that's not what we want. I am going to undo those two moves on the curve. Instead of just moving the points, I'm going to click and drag the areas that I want to affect in the actual image. Click on the button with hand and two arrows on the curves. Toolbar to click and drag to modify the curve. Now select a dark part of the image for the shadows, such as around the tires. Click and hold the mouse button and slowly dragged up to raise those shadows. You can see that this essentially has the same effect as raising the shadows point on the curve, just as we did before. Now click on a white area. Such is on the fencing. Click and hold as you dragged down to reduce the highlights. This adds a second point near the highlights on the curve and brings it down, creating more of a slope. Doing so allows you to mute the higher contrast in colors while still retaining that bright white fencing in the photo, click the eyeball in the layers panel for the curves adjustment layer on and off. To see the effect that this has, you should notice that the photo already has a faded look to it. In this next step, you will learn how to change the overall color of the photo to something that has more of a sepia or even a grayscale tone to it. Click on the new adjustment layer button and select ingredient Met. Click on the Grady in and select black to white. This will turn the image gray scale. The grainy it map is taking all of the shadows and darker colors and applying the color that is on the left of this Grady in, which is black. Then it takes all of the highlights and lighter colors and applies a color on the right of the Grady in which is white. If you would like to make this a grayscale image, then you can leave this setting as is and hit OK, if you would like a more sepia tone or a yellowing tent to your photo, then click on the black color of the Grady Int for a yellowish 10. Change it to a darker yellow color with less saturation for a sepia tint, changing color to a darker brown with a little bit of red hit. Okay, when you have picked a color that you are happy with, you can easily adjust this Grady Int map later on by double clicking on the adjustment button for this adjustment layer. 3. How to Create an Old Photo Effect in Photoshop Part 02: this photo is really starting to look like it was taken in the past. Let's go ahead and sell this effect by adding some aging elements to the photo so that it really looks old. Open your grunge map in photo shop. Once it is open, click and drag on the background layer to the image that we're working on. Double click on this layer and rename it Grunge Met. Now this image is smaller than my original photo, so I will need to scale it up here when using these effects. So I recommend getting the highest resolution image that you confined in scaling it down. If need be, select the grunge math layer and click on edit Free transform. You can also use a shortcut control, plus the letter T on your keyboard. Now, while holding the shift button and either the all button for PC or the command button for Mac, click and drag a corner to fill up the whole image. This will scale this image uniformly from the center. If you are using this image, make sure that none of that black border showing hit enter to a plot. This particular grunge Matt that I'm using hasn't darker spots is on the bottom and some major cracks. This will make the photo look like it's had discoloration from moisture and that maybe it got been at some point, de saturate this image by clicking image adjustments de saturate. This will give us a de saturated grayscale image to work with, so that's just affecting the shadows and highlights the texture. Amusing actually looks good with the colors in it, so you can choose not to de saturate it if you want. Now, change the blending mode for this grunge Matt to overlay in the Layers panel, doing so a just a lighter and darker areas of the texture to the photo and appears like they're part of the image. It looks a little too strong at this point, so lower the A pass ity in the Layers panel to around 65%. Click the eyeball on the Layers panel for the grunge map on and off to see the effect that it has on the photo. Now that we have some natural looking, aging effects, apply to this photo. Let's go ahead and add some scratches as if moving this photo around a lot has actually scratched it up in the process. Open up your scratches, image and Photoshopped and dragged the background layer to the image that we're working on . Rename this layer scratches map again. Hit control, plus the key T on your keyboard toe. Open up the free transform tool and scale this image up hit enter to apply, then de saturate the image by going to image adjustments. De saturate instead of setting the blending mode to overlay, set it to screen so they Onley, pulls out the highlights from the scratches layer and reduce the capacity to around 50% or so. This texture map has quite a few scratches, so you want to experiment with different scratch images to get the right look for your photograph. I am going to click on the Clone Stamp tool from the toolbar. Hold off for PC or command for Mac and click where there isn't any scratches on this layer to sample a selection, then lightly paint over the scratches that you don't want. Keep sampling different parts of the image that don't have scratches to paint over the scratches without it repeating any part of the image too many times for finishing touch. Let's add some difference to the edges. You can either line the edges to make them appear faded or give them a vignette so that they appear darker. I am going to apply a vignette, but the process is the same for both. Click the new adjustment layer button and select radiant. Change the style to radio, Select the great in and change it toe white to black. This will darken up the corners. Now select the top left handle and change the capacity to 0%. This will remove the white and leave us with just the black edges hit. Okay, scale the Grady in up to around 200%. This will really depend on the size of the image that you're using. Select dither to keep the amount of banding down on the image hit. Okay, when you have a look that you like now go ahead and change the blending modes from multiply . This will darken the corners, but also the rest of the image. Wherever there is black in this grading, so take the effect down by changing the capacity to around 50%. Now the old photo effect is complete. Feel free to go back at this time and make any adjustments that you want to the adjustment layers. When you have the look that you want, hold shift and click the first layer, then select the last layer to select them all ho control and hit the letter G on your keyboard to group all the layers together. Rename this group old car effect. Now you can simply drag this folder into any other image to see the effect it has. 4. Submit Your Photoshop Project: Thank you so much for checking out this class on how to create an old photo effect inside a photo shop. I really hope you gained a lot of information and knowledge and know how to recreate this awesome looking effect for any photo that you choose. Now, if you haven't done so already, please submit your project to this class now so that me and other students can see what it is that you have come up with. I can't wait to see what you've created, and I really appreciate you taking the time to do that. And also, if you haven't done so already, please leave a review for the skill share class so that other students know if this is the right type of class for them. No one else can tell them better than other students in this class. If this is something that they want to take or not take again. I appreciate you for coming in taking this class and sitting with me on this effect. And I can't wait to see you in other classes on skill share