A Vintage Feel + Perspective

A Vintage Feel

Since this project allows the use of older photos, I investigated how to further play up the worn and vintage look of a photo. In this post, I will demonstrate how to create a vintage -looking image by adding texture that shows through a background photo. Here is the final product:

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1. First you want to find a texture – I found one that looks like old paper. Then, choose the picture (or text) that you want to make vintage.

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2. Click on the texture you chose and hit command + J to make a duplicate. Drag the duplicate (it renames it to Layer 1) onto the photo you’ve chosen and change the blending mode (where it says ‘Normal’) to ‘Multiply’. This allows the texture to show through. Make another duplicate of Layer 1 – which will be named Layer 1 Copy – and hit command + Shift + U to de-saturate that layer. Then fix the levels of Layer 1 Copy (to make them more dramatic) by hitting command+ L and drag the black and white toggles to the appropriate levels for your image. While still on that layer, you need to select all (command+a), copy (command +c), and then deselect (command+d).

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3. Un-check the eye symbol next to Layer 1 to make it unseen. Create a layer mask while on Layer 1 Copy and paste (command +v ) into the box (hit option and click on the white box for the layer mask). Because the texture I chose didn’t quite cover my original photo, I had to crop it. However, that did work to my advantage in explaining this tutorial because it really let you see how the texture showed through in comparison to the original photo!

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One of the additional tutorials that I watched was on changing the perspective of a photo. This is going to be particularly useful for me because I took a lot of pictures of old pictures and had to take those pictures at a weird angle due to lighting conditions. It is actually really easy to do, which makes me so happy! I have installed the creative cloud on my computer and the process is a little different than that of older versions. For older versions, while the crop tool is selected, hit the ‘c’ key. This should pull up a perspective box that you can simply check and then drag the corners to the appropriate place. In creative cloud, click and hold the crop tool and it will pull up cropping options. Select the perspective crop tool and crop accordingly.

1. Select image that needs a perspective change.

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2. Click the perspective crop tool and select the corners of the image (this creates a grid).

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3. Hit enter to get a straight on view!

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– LH