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Create a Vintage Look in 3 Easy Steps

Create a Vintage Look in 3 Easy Steps

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Retro, film-emulation style is a popular photography trend these days. Apps like Instagram and VSCOCam make it easy to apply vintage effects to camera phone snapshots, but I prefer to use Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom for blog photos taken with my digital camera. The low-contrast, matte look in this post can be created in just a few steps and will give your photos a unique and interesting style.

Begin by opening your image in Photoshop. Make any other edits or color correction before adding the matte effect. I’m using a photo I took from my sister-in-law’s wedding, but this style will also work great with portraits and other types of pictures.

Photoshop Tips

Step 1) Under the “Layer” menu, select “New Fill Later” and then “Solid Color”.

Vintage Photo Filter

Step 2) Click “OK” on the next screen and then change the hexadecimal color to 4e4e4e, a medium shade of gray. Click “OK” again.

Vintage Photo Filter

Step 3) In the Layers window, choose “Lighten” from the dropdown.

Vintage Photo Filter

If you prefer a subtler matte look, adjust the opacity until your desired effect is reached. For this example, I used 57% opacity.

I’d love to see the finished results, if anyone tries this effect on their own pictures—please feel free to leave a link in the comments!

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