Friday, August 7, 2009

Old Photo Effect

Here's an easy way to make your photo look centuries old. This technique works best for buildings, monuments, etc.

1. Select a file to edit, and duplicate the layer (always do this when editing, you need to keep a copy of the original to use as a point of reference)

2. Create a Layer on top of your image (Ctrl+Shft+N)

3. Select the Pen Tool, your settings should be the same as the screenshot below. Use the pen tool to trace around the subject of your image.

4. After you're done tracing, select the Gradient Fill tool, your Foreground & Background Color should be black & white respectively. Click on the lower part of the image then drag it upwards diagonally.

5. Set the Blending Mode of the Layer to Color Dodge.

You should be getting something similar to the image below:

6. Go back the the image layer then go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation (Ctrl+U) then toggle with the Hue & Saturation settings, make sure the Colorize box is checked.

Added some text and here we have the finished piece.


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