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Tutorial: Vintage Analogue Effect

As my first tutorial, since my unexpected absence... and also marks my 50th blog post, I wanted to make a How-To for you all that you may find fascinating and useful.  In this tutorial, I will give you the basics on how to achieve a analogue camera effect.  All you need, is Photoshop.  I am using CS4 in this tutorial.

Ok, we want to take this photograph...

And create it into something like this...

So lets begin.  Of course, you need to open your Photoshop program.... then in the Layers Window, look for the little Adjustment Layers Icon.

This little guy is the Adjustment Layers Icon.

After opening your desired photo to edit, click on the Adjustment Layers Icon at the bottom, and select Curves.

Choose Green from the drop down menu, and drag the line until it is horizontal.  Just like the picture above.

Now, choose Blue from the drop down menu and make the line go in a diagonal direction, just like in the picture above.  I don't mess with the Red one.  You can leave it where it is.

This is what the lines should look like, in the RGB mode, in the drop down menu.

Set the Layer Blending Mode to Soft Light. 

Now, we can add a Solid Color Adjustment Layer. 

Set the color to 8C77F5.  But, any bright purple color should work.

Set the Blending Mode to Screen, with 30% opacity.

Next, we add a Gradient Adjustment Layer.

Make sure the Gradient color is set to White to Transparent.  I chose 50 degrees, and a 130% scale.  Play with your options, you may find something you like better.

Set this layers Blending Option to Soft Light with 70% opacity.

Another Solid Color Adjustment Layer.  This time I did FFD566, but just like with the purple, any bright yellow should be suitable.  This one just works for me.

This layers Blending Option will be set to Soft Light, at 60% opacity.

Ok... we're almost finished.  This time we are going to do another Adjustment Layers> Curves.  This time take the RGB and RED lines and make them bend upwards, like the picture above.  Then take the Green and Blue lines and bend them downwards.

Now, you need to select the Paint Bucket, choose the color black, and click on the picture.  This should fill the Layer.  Then set your opacity to 60%.
Next, you will take a large soft brush, and chose White as your color.  I set the Brush Opacity between 25%-50% opacity, and gradually painted white onto the picture (this will let the layer effects to show through).  When you set your brush to a low opacity, it helps you achieve a softer blend into the colors and effect.  Otherwise, you can leave the opacity at 100%.

Ta-Da! You should be finished!
You should have a Photo that looks similar to this...

I hope this is something you can use in the future, and helpful to you.  Imagine all of the photo possibilities now!  Take care and have a Happy Weekend :)


  1. this is amazing. thank you!

    xo, lizzie

  2. You are welcome! Glad you like it ^_^


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