Making Vintage Style Pictures
If you take photos with your smartphone camera there are apps that can create a vintage style, but there are few customization options and picture size is relatively small. The method shown can be used with photo editing programs that include blend layers. The method works regardless for any size, but the texture should be the same size or larger than the design photo.
- A photo editing program that allows you to cut and paste images into different layers with basic bend modes.
- A vintage looking parchment texture (See link below if you need one)
- A “normal” picture you want to look vintage. (You can either use one of your own pictures or find one at sites such as The Graphics Fairy.)
The Basic Directions
Open your graphics editing program. You need one that allows you to cut and paste images into separate layers. Photoshop works great if you have it, but cheaper and free programs such as GIMP are more than sufficient.
The first step is to use your texture as your background layer. Depending on your program you can right click on the texture and open it in your photo editing program or you can cut and paste it into a blank canvas.
Create a blank layer on top of your texture background. Cut and past your pre-existing design layer onto the second (blank) layer.
Set the blending mode for the design (second) layer to either soft light or multiply depending on what looks best.
You can adjust the opacity of the design layer.
If your program allows it you can try making your design layer black and white. I previously posted a tutorial Improve Bad Photos with B&W.
Vintage Style Pictures Using the Same Texture
The original texture. All design layer images were resized so that their width was no more than 450 pixels.
The design (ship) layer was set to blend mode multiply at 50 percent opacity. The original ship image is from RubyBlossom (Flickr).
The design (paint brush) layer was set to blend mode soft light at 100 percent opacity. The paint brush image is from The Graphics Fairy.
The design layer (butterflies) was set to blend mode soft light and 100 percent opacity. The original butterfly image is from The Graphics Fairy.
The design layer (butterflies) was converted to black and white using a black and white gradient. The resulting image was used as the design layer. It was set to blend mode soft light and 100 percent opacity. The Graphics Fairy.