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How to give photos a vintage makeover in Photoshop

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
March 21, 2012

Here’s a tutorial on how to turn an ordinary photo into a vintage, mottled version of itself in just three short steps – featuring the Lens Correction filter and the Brush tool

mottled vintage effect

Step 1 – Colorize image

Open up an image and begin by adding the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (from Layer>New Adjustment Layer). Tick the Colorize box. You can go for any colour, but for this sepia-infused vintage effect set Hue to 42 and Saturation to 25.

vintage effect















Step 2 – Vignette effect

To apply a vignette around the edges of your image, duplicate your background layer and go to Filter>Distort>Lens Correction. Find the Vignette option in the filter and reduce Amount to -100. Set Midpoint to how much impact you want it to have.














Step 3 – Mottled brush

The final touch to our vintage effect includes mottling. Select the Brush tool and choose the Oil Pastel Large tip. Set its Diameter to 2500px, Opacity to 10%, and your Foreground colour to white. Create a new layer and stamp the brush over the photo for this mottled effect.