How to Turn a New Photo Into an Old Photo

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In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial i will show you how to turn a new photo into an old photo.

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Step 1

Start by opening photo. Go to Image > Image size to reduce photo size to 1000px width and 750px height.

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Step 2

We are going now to create noise effect. Create new layer, press D to set up foreground and background colors as black and white and then apply Filter > Render > Clouds.

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Step 3

After that apply Filter > Noise > Add Noise with next presets:

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Step 4

Change layer mode to Soft Light for this layer.

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Step 5

Now we are going to create light sepia effect. For this purpose I created new layer above and fill it with color of #e6e1cc.

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Step 6

Then change layer mode to Color and you should get next effect.

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Step 7

After that create additional layer with Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels:

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And set up following levels presets:

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Step 8

To add scratches to the photo create new layer, press D to set up foreground and background colors as black and white and then apply Filter > Render > Clouds again.

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Step 9

Apply Filter > Render > Fibers:

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Step 10

Now apply Image > Adjustments > Threshold:

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Step 11

Now apply Image > Adjustments > Threshold:

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Step 12

Apply again Filter > Blur > Blur More.

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Step 13

Change layer mode to Soft Light and you will see the difference.

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Step 14

Reduce layer opacity to 70%.

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Step 15

Create a new layer. Select Gradient Tool, select some appropriate colors, for example colors of #e5e5e5, #000000 and drag a radial gradient.

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Final Image

After that change layer mode for this layer to Overlay and tutorial is complete.

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32 Responses

  1. Franklin says:

    Very nice tutorial!
    by the way, all tutorials here are very goods
    keep the blog this way
    ;D

  2. Marie says:

    Awesome! I’m going to run off and try this. Thanks!

  3. Nice tutorial. Useful in many ways!

  4. Resimleri says:

    Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing

  5. Case Chan says:

    Amazing!
    Excuse me, this tutorial you apply to which version of photoshop?

  6. atreya krishna says:

    very nice tutorial,,thanks

  7. Saheb says:

    Fantastic!!!All tutorials are very nice and so helpful.

  8. novhee says:

    thanks u…..very good tutorials!

  9. Name (required) says:

    so amaizing and i believe for a better improvement

  10. Bob says:

    A great tutorial easy to follow for me as I am new to Photo Shop enjoyed it a lot and learned a lot. Thank you.

  11. vijay says:

    A great tutorial easy to follow for me as I am new to Photo Shop enjoyed it a lot and learned a lot. Thank you.

  12. someone says:

    Useful tutorials!

  13. Irwan says:

    thank you…this tutorials very nice.

  14. Junior Ontiveros says:

    Very Nicee tutorial easy to follow there should be more like this one i learnd alot thanks.

  15. thuzar says:

    This is really great

  16. mustafa says:

    a great tutorial for me and for others too.

  17. deeche says:

    awesome tutorial…thanks

  18. umamahesh says:

    Thank u……….for helping us

  19. nantaPD says:

    A great article. it’s easy to learn for me as long beginner..

  20. artist... says:

    really… fantatic!!! X))

  21. Bob says:

    From another beginner, thank you, easy to follow and learn from.

  22. Jordan says:

    Awesome!! Just applied to a photo of a wedding dress. Looks great! Thank you for the tips!

  23. Sharan says:

    Awesome ! i used to do it with actions….but its a great feelin to do it by urself. Thanks.

  24. hiann2008 says:

    Awesome! Thnx.

  25. CICI says:

    i dont know how to use this.

  26. arwin kim says:

    I followed step by step of the tutorial above and finally its effect is much similar with yours :D I love it. Thank you so much.

  27. Cristina says:

    Thank you for the tutorials, I learn a lot from your site

  28. AbdOooO says:

    Awesome! Thnx.

  29. Marksman says:

    Great tutorial and easy to follow with excellent results however there is an error in Step 7 which I think should read Image – Adjustment – Levels and not Threshold for the second time

  30. Anas says:

    Nice Tutorial…
    Thanks

  31. Dhananjay says:

    awesome….. Very useful n helpful. good work….

  32. donzki says:

    very nice tutorial….easy to understand keep it up