Do you want to know how it's done? Learn how to use Photoshop the easy way!
My cousin who is a blues guitar player and singer recently was able to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee . While he was there he dove into the local blues culture and history. He had his picture taken in front of what used to be known as the Kitty Kat Club in Helena Arkansas where the likes of Robert Johnson were known to have performed in the mid 1930’s.
This picture just looked like it needed to have been taken back in the 30’s, so it’s time to whip out some Photoshop and make it look old. Here is the original pic.
Open your picture in Photoshop. Double click the layer background in the layers palette and click ok to change this to a standard layer.
Next select Image/Adjustments/Desaturate to remove all the color from your photo and turn it into a black and white. Right click on the layer in the layers palette and choose Duplicate Layer. Click OK. You should now have 2 layers with the same image in each layer.
Now we’re going to add a warming photo filter to get a nice sepia tone which will begin to give us the antique feel we are looking for. With the top layer selected click on the “Create new fill or adjustment layer” icon at the bottom of the layers palette and choose Photo filter.
We are looking for something as shown below. You may need to use the drop down menu to navigate to the warming filter. You can play with the density slider and even the color of the filter if you like. Here is what I used for mine.
Now my picture is getting that vintage look.
With the top layer still selected (not the adjustment layer we just created) go to Filter/Blur/Gaussian Blur. Here are the settings I used on my picture.
Now we need to adjust the opacity of this layer down. I set mine at 40%. This will soften up the photo and give it just a little blur which will add to the old photo effect.
With the bottom layer selected choose Filter/Noise/Add Noise. This will add a grainy effect to the picture. I set the amount to 3%, but go ahead a play around with it a bit until you get the look you are going for.
Again select the top layer and click Layer/New/Layer and click ok. We are going to create what is called a vignette for this layer. Grab the Rectangular Marquee Tool and set the feather radius to 40 pixels.
Make a selection similar to what is shown below.
Inverse the selection by Clicking Select/Inverse, then choose Edit/Fill and use black. Hit Ctrl+D to deselect. I reduced the opacity of this layer down to 70% and then added a little text to personalize the photo. And here is the finished product.
Here is a before and after shot.
If you're interested in hearing some of Adam's music then click here.