How to Add a Vintage Texture to a Portrait

How to Add a Vintage Texture to a Portrait

Vintage Textures in Photoshop

Adding a vintage texture to any picture in Photoshop is a super easy task if you use the right layer blending modes. But don't get complcanet, you can punch up your image even more; don't worry, it's easy. There are ways to improve the final image look & feel by using a few additional layers to give it a more realistic vintage feel. With only 2 adjustment layers and using 3 different textures you can have your portrait picture with a vintage look in less than 5 minutes.​

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Step 1

Open your portrait picture in Photoshop.

Step 2

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Channel Mixer and apply the following values.

Step 3

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels. Set the Shadow Output Levels to 40 and the Highlight Output Levels to 240.

Step 4

Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Name this layer to "Subtle Overlay" and click OK.

Step 5

Set the color to #000000 in the Color Picker.

Step 6

With the "Subtle Overlay" layer selected, go to Layer > Layer Style > Gradient Overlay. Be sure to have the "Black, White" gradient selected, apply the following settings and click OK.

Step 7

In the Layers Panel, set the "Subtle Overlay" blending mode to "Screen".

Step 8

Go to File > Place Embedded. Locate the "vintage-photo-overlay-6.jpg" file and click Place. Resize the placed image to cover your whole image.

Step 9

In the Layers Panel, set the blending mode to "Screen".

Step 10

Again, go to File > Place Embedded. Locate the "vintage-photo-overlay-9.jpg" file and click Place. Resize the placed image to cover your whole image.

Step 11

In the Layers Panel, set the blending mode to "Screen".

Step 12

One more time, go to File > Place Embedded. Locate the Vintage Stainded Paper Texture "5.jpg" file on your computer and click Place. Resize the placed image to cover your whole image.

Step 13

Lastly, in the Layers Panel, set the blending mode to "Multiply" and bring down the Opacity to 90%.


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