Remember When Vintage Was a Thing?

Remember when vintage filters first stormed the tumblr, imgur, and facebook outlets? Everybody was burning their exposures and making it looked like they took their selfies 20 years ago only to let them sun dry on the beach until they uploaded it. Some of them where bad, others were really bad, and a few were okay. Well here’s a tutorial to help you apply your own vintage filter to your photos using photoshop, if for some unholy reason you would want to do something like that.

1. Open your photo in photoshop and then go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels, name your layer and hit okay. Then slide the top black arrow up to about 8-10 to increase the blackness in the photo.

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2. Apply a High Pass filter to increase line thickness and picture contrast. So copy the background layer and place it right above the original, and then go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the radius to about 14 then set the layer’s blending mode to Overlay.

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3. Now we want to decrease the contrast just a little. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/ Contrast and decrease the contrast value to about -20.

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4. Then we want to add a new Curves adjustment layer ( Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves). Go to the Channel dropdown menu and manipulate each channel individually. For the red channel, increase the highlights and decrease the lowlights using an S-shaped curve. For the green channel: increase the highlights, keep the midtones neutral and decrease the lowlights. For the blue, decrease the highlights and increase the lowlights.

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5. Create a new layer just above the Curves layer and fill it with a full color of magenta. Then change the blending mode to Screen and decrease the opacity to about 6%.

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6. Now select the original background layer and then go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/ Saturation and slide the saturation slider to  about -20.

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7. Make another copy of the background layer and then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and adjust it just enough so that you have a very subtle grain added to your photo. Make sure Uniform is selected and Monochrome is deselected.

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8. With the same layer still selected, go to Filter > Lens Correction. Click custom and in the Vignette section, reduce the amount to -100 and increase the midpoint to +35.

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9. Fine tune your layers to get the exact effect that you want!


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