How to Create a Vintage Instagram Matte Photo in Photoshop
Hi there in this video, we are going to make some vintage style instagram filter looking images. So this is before and that's after we do another example here before after. Let's jump in now and work out how to do it. Alright, let's open up our file file open And we're going to be using vintage 01. Thank you Frankie Cordova. I picked this image because it's kind of retro already. He's got some sweet 90's kicks on and it's not like a professional photograph. It doesn't matter the photograph you pick now. I'm going to show you my techniques but just know that everyone has their own kind of opinion on what an old vintage photograph looks like. You saw mine at the beginning. So if you like that follow along, but you might find steps that you can cut out or enhance. It depends on your image and how kind of retro you want it. I was born in the eighties, so retro for me might be different from you. All right, first thing, let's do that kind of instagram look where we get the matte black. So t...
he background layer selected, go to adjustments and let's go to levels and before. What we're doing with levels is we spend time trying to make it already sharp black and sharp white, but the vintage look, we're going to the opposite. We're gonna use these two little sliders down there. We haven't used before. If you grab this one and yeah, I'm gonna go way too far. Can you see it just, it just yanks out some of the black. Okay, so I'm yanking out the black. Turn those levels on and off, get to a level where you like, it will be the same with the whites. Just means older cameras just didn't have good white balance and photographs had a tendency to be but washed out. We kind of want to recreate that. Now, cameras have got too good. The other thing is, is I want to get this kind of like over crazy sharp look. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to duplicate background so I'm right clicking it duplicate and this is going to be my sharp player. If I can spell it. There's a couple of ways of getting the sharpness you can use under sharpen. There's a bunch of stuff, I like this one here, under other and we're going to high pass. I'm only showing you this one now because we're further on in the course and we're going to get a little bit more extreme. So what we're looking for is we don't want to go too far where you can start seeing it. You want this kind of like this bit where you can see the edges are kind of overdone. Okay, so this high pass filter doesn't really work at the moment, but with sharp layer selected, we're gonna play around with one of these blending modes and what a scroll through in terms like you can start to see some of them. It really depends on what you want to do. Right? I'm zooming in if you want this kind of color burn. Look, it's cool. It's not what I want in this case. I'm looking for hard light already practiced. Okay, but you can see what I'm doing. I'm just kind of like accentuating all the kind of removes a lot of the gray tones is lot more strong blacks and strong whites without any of the gray tones. I like, it gives that kind of ghostly effect around some of the sharper edges kind of bleeds out again. You can turn that one on or off depending on what you want to do. The next one that I like is giving it that kind of, it's more fashion, but it looks really good with these images under adjustments. We're going to go to curves, which we haven't used before, don't worry, looks scary. All I want you to do is switch it to blue and see there's like there's a dot on the top, right on the bottom left and it's going to lift it up and lift this one down and it gives it that kind of orangey teal kind of fashion look. Turn it on. Turn it off. Can you see what I mean? It's got a kind of a sun bleached fashion. Look, I like it. The last thing we're going to do is a vignette. Okay, so vineyard is just the kind of frosting around the outside that happened in older photographs Even earlier than the 80s, but it's a cool effect. What I'm gonna do is I'm going to make a new layer. I'm gonna stick it all the way at the top. I'm gonna call this one vignette, which I can nervous about Nettie That's close enough. Okay, to do a vignette easiest way, just grab your gradient tool. Let's switch it from linear to radio. And what it's doing is at the top here, I'm going to pick the second option that's going to make my foreground color blend out to invisible. Okay, so pop that back in. So now you need to make sure your foreground color at the moment minds white. Yours might be black so it might look like that. I just want to make sure this foreground color, whatever it is. Double click it and pick a kind of a mud brown shoot. So drag mccue slided there. I've clicked in here until I found something midi and murky. And I'm going to click hold and drag from the center out. Okay, Yours is probably not doing that. Yours is probably doing this. Okay, so all you need to do is take on reverse, then click and drag out and you should get something like this. It's not not exactly what I want, but with the lavinia layer selected. I'm back at my move tool and I'm going to start messing around with these. Remember the shortcut hold shift hit plus and find something you like and you might have to tone it down? I think I like overlay. I'm just going to tone down the opacity. Okay, so it's not as extreme as the on off, on off. I went up a little bit more cool and that is my flavor of an old vignette image will go a little bit further in the next video, but I want to show you how you can kind of maybe do this because there's quite a few little steps, right? I'm going to show you how to do the next image a lot quicker. So let's go and open up file open. There's one called vintage too Sharon Garcia, thank you very much awesome image. I love it. I think the neighbors even had that car. Cool. So instead of having to go through that whole process again, we can kind of cheat. Right? What I'm going to do is I want that layer, I want that layer. Now I'm holding down my shift key to click the vineyard holding shift and grabbing. I don't need this later. I'd like to bring the sharp layer, but that's specifically for this particular image. Just want these top three. Okay, you three grab the move tool, click, hold, drag, drag it to this one, wait, wait, wait, come down, come on, gives me my curves, my levels. The vineyard doesn't quite match. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to click off, grab the vignette and try and line it up. If it doesn't fit your mind, does yours is never gonna fit? If it doesn't just transform it to command T on a Mac control tina PC and just kind of scale around yours might be landscape this time. Okay, I'm never that fast. It doesn't have to be perfect vignette. But anyway, to get the really cool sharpened thing, we'll practice that right click background, duplicate the layer. I'm going to call this one sharp and we're gonna go to filter. And the cool thing about Photoshop is that you can go back into here and go to high pass again. You see it's up the top. Now, this is like a redo button. It says Photoshop is well you did this a second ago. Do you want to redo this? And I'm like, yeah, give it a go man. It worked. But then I want to blend it again. I can't even remember which one we ended up using Sharp was hard light here. It's got a hard line. So it does make it a little bit easier to kind of, you know, when you can copy and paste these over from document to document. Let's zoom in on a little bit, let's look at before and after. You might be less impressed with how vintage this is looking again. This is what I feel like it's vintage, you will find a ton of other videos on youtube for like different ways of doing vintage and you might find those work better for you. One thing we might do to kind of make this look a little bit more legit vintage is to add some dust and scratches. So let's go to file open. And what I've done for you is I found this one here called dust dot PNG. Okay, if you google dust and scratches, there's all sorts of stuff online. I liked this one here. So I'm going to do is grab my move tool, drag it onto this guy. Just, you might have to scale it, transform it. Okay to get it to how you want it to be, how big or large do you think this should be okay and get your mind just overlaying just sitting on the top of everything I'm gonna call it dust even and then I'm gonna find a blending mode that works, man, we do lots of blending modes, right? It's the real secret superpower of Photoshop Now, I think the only one that kind of works in this one is divide, divide and I'm going to lower the opacity. So I've picked divide here in the capacity you're going to lower right down, turn on, turn off, zoom in. It depends on what you want to do, right? That's pretty heavy going with the dust and scratches, you might find another one online. That's just a little less of the top. I might now drag this back to my original oh, the first one victim. Sometimes you can't even tell where it is. So I like to hit transform command T on a MAC or CONTROL D on a Pc and then you can only see the edges, even though I'm not realizing. It's just a nice way to see the edges. How vintage do we look? Let's have a look and we can barely see them all. Let's move it up a little bit. My layers after, before after. I like it. Alright. That is going to be the end of making vintage images. Let's get into the next video.