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How to make a picture older

Author: Carole

Tools Needed

  • Photoshop
  • Alien Xenofex 2 (optional)

Introduction

You will learn how to turn an image into an old photo.

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Step 1 - From color to black and white

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First go into “Images”, “Mode” and select “Grayscale”.

Now your image is black and white.

You will have to choose a sepia tone to give it an old look.

Step 2 - From black and white to sepia

Go into “Image” again, “Mode” and select “Duotone”

You can choose “Quadrichromie” (4 colors) if you like, or less to fit your taste.

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In my example there are 4 colors ; black, and 3 other quite similiar but with different tone.

Choose your own tones to find the right atmosphere.

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Step 3 - Brightness and contrast

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You can play with “Brightness/Contrast” as on my example. Once you've done with brightness/contrast, flatten your layers.

Step 4 - Add a film grain

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Go into Filters, choose “Artistic” and select “Film grain”

Follow my example, or play with different settings.

That's it !

Your picture turned into and old photo from the last century ! :)

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Step 5 - The final touch with Alien Xenofex 2 (optional)

Now, if you own Alien Xenofex 2 (you may get a demo here : http://www.alienskin.com/downloads/getmail1.asp)

you may add the final touch to your picture.

Go into Alien Xenofex 2, and select “Crumple”, try several settings until you get what you want.

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Finally you should have a very old and crumpled photo.

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Enjoy !