VINTAGE TONE PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL

One of the highly requested blog post is this particular tutorial. I have been receiving so many questions (and *ahem* compliments) about the tone that I am applying for the pictures on the blog and Instagram, but truth be told, I am not 100% satisfied with my works because my blog concentrated on restaurant reviews and each restaurant has different setting and lighting situation and for some reasons, what I had in mind about the pictures can't always be translated as how I wanted them to be, I can't always shoot with natural daylight because some restaurants don't even have the sunlight access. Aside from that, I am still having so much fun tho!

So many of you ask me how to create a Vintage tone on Photoshop. I love creating filters using Photoshop and I have almost one hundred color settings in my drive. I can't help not making more because it's almost like a challenge and on top of all, I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN! The downside is that at some cases, it's like another challenge to actually set my heart on the filter that I REALLY wanted on a single photo because I could be loving 3-4 post-filtered ones! Anyway, here I am showing you the most simple one, but the most simple doesn't mean the bad ones. I've been using this tone setting a lot!

Hey it's Chinese New Year and I am thinking about doing something good, the least I can do (online) is to teach you guys this tutorial. Anyway, Happy Chinese New Year bitches!

I am using this picture that I took at Publik Markette and I am going to transform the photo from this...
to this!
ENOUGH YAKKING, LET'S GET STARTED!
For me, Vintage tone means something classic, a bit old-school but on top of that, dreamy with that beautiful sense of warmth and cool and I am trying to translate this using my style and I believe that each person has their own style, but I do hope you'll love this tutorial, changes are always easy to make and you can always set everything depending on your standard.

1. I feel like certain areas of my photo is quite dark, so I am pushing the brightness and contrast up! I set the brightness to (+20) and contrast (+15), and to get that old photo look, I desaturate the photo to (-30).

After brightness (+20), contrast (+15) and desaturate (-30)

2. Create a new fill layer and type in the number "B2B2B2" in the box, then set the blending mode to "Hard Light" and set the opacity to "30%". This to create that soft misty faded look. I honestly starting to feel and lovin that vintage faded look. If you're satisfied enough, you can stop here :p.



3. Create a new level layer and adjust the numbers to your settings. I only adjust the settings for the RGB, Red and Blue. After this, your photo will turn very blue and purple-ish, but don't worry you're on the right track!
4. Create a new fill layer and type in the number "A25DA1" in the box, you'll have a layer of purple-pinkish color fill and change the blending mode to 20% and set the opacity to "20". Again, your photo will appear purple-ish and slightly faded.
5. Create a new level layer and adjust the numbers to your settings. I only adjust the settings for the RGB for contrast and Blue for the tonal setting. This following step will transform your photo to have this warmer undertone: yellow with the touch of green.
6. Create a new fill layer and type in the number "575245" in the box, this will create a greyish tone with a touch of brown (for some reasons didn't show up on the screen), set the blending mode to "Soft Light" and set the opacity to "40%".
7. This is the final touch! Create a new fill layer and type in the number "2F4660" in the box to create this blue color fill, set the blending mode to "Lighten" and set the opacity to "60%", this will make the shadow area layered by the moody blue color and added that extra magic touch!

I finished everything by managing all the setting in one group (drag the whole thing into the group) to make the overall opacity setting much much easier.

Here are some of the sample photos that I edited using this vintage tone, but I didn't always set the opacity to 100% because each picture has different amount of lighting, shadows and highlights, but it obviously works better on the daylight!

Opacity 80%
Opacity 50%
Opacity 70%
Opacity 65%
Opacity 80%
Opacity 50%
Opacity 80%
Opacity 70%
Opacity 75%
Opacity 80%
Opacity 60%. I love the tone for portraits!
Opacity 90%
Opacity 100%
Gosh I miss Sydney lights like A LOT! I barely put any effort to shoot </3

Remember, the key is basically play around with the settings! Exploring is a part of experimenting and trust me if you're into editing, this is so much fun, and you could probably find your soul and style ;).

GOOD LUCK AND THANKS FOR READING! If you're satisfied with my tone, show me because it's exciting and I am very happy knowing people are using my tone to edit their pictures. I don't need you to credit me or what, but if you can show me your works (by emailing or tagging me on Instagram), that would be very nice of you guys :).

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