Create a faded antique look with photoshop elements

Today we’ll look at creating a faded antique look to your images with Adobe Elements. I’m using Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 (Win/Mac) (OLD VERSION), but any earlier version of elements  should work just as well. I’m using an image of a pair of Shire horses which will work well for the antique faded look.

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Start by opening your image in the editor.

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Next, you’ll need to add a warm yellowish tint to the image. Click on the enhance menu, under adjust colour, choose colour variations

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Your screen should look like this. Make sure that Midtones is selected in the bottom left of the dialogue box. Now click on the increase red thumbnail (top left of the eight thumbnails)

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Your screen should look like this.

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To make it more yellow, drag the adjust colour intensity slider to the left by one increment. (bottom left of dialogue box)

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Click on the increase green thumbnail (second from top left)

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Now drag the adjust colour intensity slider to the left one increment and then click on the decrease blue thumbnail to take away some of the blue, then click OK.

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The colours are still too vivid, so you need to desaturate them a little by going under the enhance menu, under adjust colour and select- adjust hue/saturation.

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In the dialogue box that appears, drag the saturation slider to about -70. This will remove some of the colour from the image, then click OK.

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The image is beginning to look a little antique and faded and should look something like this.

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Now press  Ctrl-J  to duplicate the background layer.

 

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Change the blend mode of the duplicate layer to screen as shown here.

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Press Ctrl-E to flatten the two layers into one. At this point, the image will look really bright.

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The next step is to press Ctrl-L, this will bring up the levels dialogue. Now drag the shadows levels slider to the right a little (it’s the small black triangle to the left) just enough to darken the shadow areas so that there’s quite a contrast between the  light and dark areas. Now click OK.

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This next step will darken the edges of the photograph. Duplicate your background layer once more by pressing Ctrl-J and change the blend mode to multiply.

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Now get the rectangular marquee tool.

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Make a selection with the rectangular marquee tool about 1” inside the edge of your photo (as shown here)

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Now you need to soften the vignette. Under the select menu choose refine edge.

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In the refine edge dialogue box click on the far left icon (see image)

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Drag the feather slider to 200 for a high-res photo a bit less for a low res photo, then click OK. Your image should look like this. Press backspace, this will leave a soft edged hole in your photo.Now flatten your layers again (Ctrl-E)

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Now you need to soften the image. Duplicate the background layer once more ( last time) then go under the filter menu under blur and choose Gaussian blur.

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Enter 25 pixels in the dialogue box then click OK.

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Your photo should look like this, but it’s a little too blurry.

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So, go to the layers panel and lower the opacity to 20%, as shown here. That’s it! you should now have an antique, faded look image.

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