• Giving Photos a Vintage Look in Photoshop and PSE

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. As we begin to think about all things romantic, here’s a quick tip for giving your photos a nostalgic, vintage look.

    Begin by opening a copy of your digital photo in Photoshop or Elements.

    Drag the photo layer onto the Create a New Layer icon in the Layers Panel to make a copy of it.

    Select the top layer and press Ctrl U on your keyboard (Mac: Cmd U) to activate the Hue/Saturation dialog box.

    Drag the Saturation slider all the way to the left and click OK to remove the color from the top copy.

    Now you’ll have a black and white photo on top of a colored photo.

    With the top copy still selected, drag the Opacity slider in the Layers panel slightly to the left. This will reveal some of the color, giving your photo a hand-tinted, vintage look.

    When you are satisfied with the results, press Ctrl E (Mac: Cmd E) to merge the two layers.

    Note: Feel free to use a different method for creating a black and white copy. If you prefer using a Lightroom preset or a set of Photoshop Actions to convert your photos to black and white, you’ll still be able to use this technique. Just position your black and white version on top of the color version and continue.