The other day I called a Jennifer Ashby, Jennifer Ashby, a friend from high school who is also a photographer, to pick her brain about all sorts of stuff . One thing she said she was wanting to do was add more of a vintage feel to her some of her photos. I sent her this action as a thank you for all of her help and I thought I’d share it with you. It’s called Vintage Postcard.
This is the original.
This is what the shot looks like after applying Vintage Postcard.
This is what the shot can look like after I took out the color with the channel mixer in Adobe. I prefer a heavier feel to my photos, but the shot can also look like this.
And 9 out of 10 people are going to prefer the lighter look, it just depends on your personal taste. There is a texture in the action so run it before you resize your images. Click here to get your free Vintage Postcard Action and then once you arrive to Media Fire, just click on the “Download Here” on the right side. Good Luck!
Playing with your layers palette in Photoshop can give you options for different types of looks to your photos, so I would definitely recommend spending some time experimenting. So I then moved both of these textures and placed them directly over my image. Now I can’t see my image at all, that is until I go to the top of my layers palette where it says “Normal” and I choose “Softlight” for both layers and this was the end result.
I also added a layer mask and erased away some of the texture on the face so it wouldn’t look so funky, but you can do what ever you like. I have a deatiled tutorial that can walk you through adding textures in Photoshop Elements or the full Photoshop program step by step here. I’ve also added these same textures on my photostream on flickr so you can try them out yourself. Feel free to use them any way you’d like.
In the end, I have picture that feels like it comes from another place and time, with almost an eerie feeling about it. I LOVE it! It was just what I was hoping for. Good luck with your own experiments.
I love this shot. I took this out at Antelope Island at the Garth Ranch. It’s part of portflio entitled “Quiet and Still Places” I’m slowly putting together. I wanted to keep a distant old time feel to the barn to it so I added a texture which I call “the old red barn” that I shot there at the ranch as well. I removed the color from mine when I used it, but having it like this will give you the option to do use it either way. You can download a larger version on my flickr account.
This is a fabulous action that will desaturate and soften your photo while adding a light texture and vignette. I LOVE this action. It was originally named “Hawaiian Vintage Postcard”. The example below shows you a before and after. I shot this on the perfect day with just the perfect girl.
You can download this action at http://www.mediafire.com/file/kjm0hi2qmnj/Vintage Postcard designed by Marcel.zip This action is designed for Photoshop Elements and above. Check back next week as I will be doing a fabulous DIY Mother’s Day gift you can do with your photos. Easy and inexpensive, my favorite kind:)
Using textures can add a timeless feel to your images. To create this image, I ran Dreamy Black and White , one of my actions soon to be available in my Shop (Coming May 15). I then added a concrete texture and a grunge boder. As I update all my action packages, I will be adding some unique textures and borders to compliment your images.