Inside Photoshop

Give your digital photos classic appeal

Inside Photoshop

by Amy Palermo

Not everything you do in Photoshop has to be glitter and glam. Sepia tints, vignettes, and simple edge effects are a few ways you can enhance your photos with a classic look. Follow along and we’ll show you another great way to give your images a boost. And, as shown in Figure A, you won’t take anything away from your photo’s intrinsic charm.

Figure A: BEFORE
Article figure image

Article figure image

Grab a photo

You can use any photo for this technique but we chose to focus on photographs of people. So many artistic techniques modify the character in portraits. This one, on the other hand, lends itself to retaining that character. To follow along with our example, download the file from the URL given at the beginning of this article, extract the file baseball.jpg, launch Photoshop, and open the file shown in Figure B. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes.)

Figure B:
Article figure image

Set up the document

For this technique you’ll need to create a duplicate of the original image and modify that duplicate. So to begin we’ll set up the duplicate file and make those modifications.

Figure C:
Article figure image

To create a duplicate file:

  1. Choose[…]

Subscribe to Inside Photoshop

(get full access to archives and more)