Most of us probably spend our time trying to make old photos new again – so, I thought it would make a nice change if we took a new photo and made it old.
All of the settings will be relevant to the start image 800 x 585 @72 dpi.
You can practise on the image below if you like, copyright is mine etc.,
Duplicate the layer and then bring up a Hue/Sat adjustment layer by clicking on the ying yang symbol at the bottom of the layers palette. Check the Colorize box and you can use the same settings I have if you like. Hue 25 – Sat 25 – Lightness 0. Merge the Hue Sat layer down. We are going to make the standard white border that comes with old photos. Use the rectangular marquee tool to draw inside the photo, use Shift + Ctrl + i to invert the selection, then fill it with white. You may end up with something similar to the image below.
Working on the newly adjusted layer, hold down the Alt key and click on the new layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette. When the dialogue box appears, check the box that says ‘Use previous layer to create clipping mask’ leave all the other things as is. Go to Edit>Fill and you can use the same colour as I have if you want *EECE93* Fill the layer with the colour. Add a layer mask to this layer by clicking on the ‘add layer mask’ icon at the bottom of the layers palette – click on the mask to make sure it is active, then go to Filter>Render>Clouds. Go to Image>Adjustments>Levels and you can punch in the same numbers I have if you like.
You can take the opacity of the layer down to about 15% if you like – you will be able to adjust it later (the joys of adjustment layers)
Hold down the Alt key and click on the new layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette and check the ‘use previous layer to create clipping mask’ again. Go to Edit>Fill and you can use the same colour I have if you like *C1A467* Add a layer mask to this layer and then go to Filter>Render>Clouds, then go to Image>Adjustments>Levels – use some different numbers this time – mine were
50 – 0.50 – 225 I took the opacity of the layer down to 50%.
Go to the ‘create new fill or adjustment layer’ at the bottom of the layers palette and choose Pattern from the menu. You may have to load the Rock Textures if they aren’t already there, and then choose ‘Textured Tile’ from those patterns and lower the scale to 60%, change the blend mode of the layer to Linear Burn and take the opacity down to 25%
Hold down the alt key and click on the create new layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette. Check the ‘Use previous layer as clipping mask, change the blend mode to soft light and check the ‘Fill with soft light neutral color (50% gray). Go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise and you can use the same settings as I have below.
Hold down the Alt key and click on the new layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette. Check the ‘Use previous layer as clipping mask’ and click OK. Grab the pencil tool, and with the f/ground set to black, draw some squiggles around the image. Switch the f/ground colour to white and do the same thing. Then take the opacity of the layer down to about 20%
You can now go through and adjust the layers to suit if you like. I’ve added a curves adjustment layer to mine. You are going to do a ‘stamp visible’ so, making sure the top most layer is active press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E and all the layers will be stamped onto one layer.
You could go and look for some coffee stain brushes on the net if you’d like to add that to the image as well. The image still needs the mandatory fold line in it though, so lets go ahead and add one of those.
Make sure the top most layer is active, then click on the ‘create new layer’ icon at the bottom of the layers palette. Grab the rectangular marquee tool and draw out a selection from the top to about half way down the image. Make sure the f/ground colour is white and select the gradient tool. Use a f/ground to transparent linear gradient and referencing the image below apply the gradient.
Go to Select>Inverse and then create a new layer, switch the f/ground to black and using the gradient tool do the same as before except start outside the selection from the centre of the image. Deselect. You should have something similar to the image below.
Merge the two layers together, then press Ctrl + i on the keyboard to inverse. You can take the layer opacity down to about 40%, or whatever suits. Below is the final image and then a comparion im Have fun.