Create Aging (Old Photo) Effect

How do we make an aging (old photo) effect to our photographs with Photoshop ?

Old Effect

1. Get your photo files ready,

Old Effect

and also the most important is the textures file which you can get by scanning a rumpled brown paper as below:

Old Effect

2. Duplicate your background, and change the new layer level (image>adjustment>level). In my case, i use 52, 1.44, 255

3. Give it sephia effect using the color balance tool (ctrl+b). I enter 64,-4,-73 for my sephia effect.

4. Adjust the level again (image>adjustment>level). Now I enter 34,0.89,255

5. Get your paper layer file on top your photo, and change the layer mode to ‘overlay’

6. Use the dodge and burn tool to make your photo really looks old.

8. Add some noise (filter>noise>add noise) to your photograph

7. Here’s the final result:

Old Effect

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Comment by shifty
2005-10-29 04:59:13

nice tutorial! well made!!

Comment by pennywise
2005-11-15 21:58:41

it is very nice.very helpfull.thanks.

Comment by Anna Black
2008-05-08 12:05:30

Thank you for sharing – very helpful!

Comment by Rahul
2008-08-16 01:41:09

this is quite cool. thanks. looks very much realistic.

Comment by Michael
2009-01-07 15:38:06

Great tut! Thanks!

I’ve wanted to learn doing such things for ages! For those (fellows like me :)) who still are not quite good at Photoshop – have a look here

Old photo Effect :)
Photos come up pretty cool! :)

Comment by Rick
2009-01-31 09:47:11

Great tip !!! Thanks for your help…

Comment by Nick
2009-09-06 01:39:25

Is there a similar tool as the link for tool given in comment above, that makes smog overlay on photos as in here.

Comment by Lars
2010-03-03 13:08:16

Great tutorial – very helpful, thanks very much for that!

Comment by av┼ča
2010-04-17 04:51:27

excellent work.very useful thanks

Comment by ismail
2010-04-17 05:47:25

that was easy…nice thanks for sharing ….keep it up..

Comment by theo Subscribed to comments via email
2010-04-26 21:54:55

indonesian picture

Comment by Harry Gordon Subscribed to comments via email
2010-08-12 03:25:00

Great tutorial! You should also note that if you don’t have the time or equipment to start scanning paper for the texture you need, you can always use a free textures site like – although it’s primarily for game textures, it’s an invaluable tool to any designer!

Comment by Wedding in Bali
2010-08-21 05:13:47

I will try it…thanks

Comment by yusep pelano Subscribed to comments via email
2010-09-02 08:10:01

hi, this tutorial is very interesting, especially for beginners like me. may I publish this tutorial on my blog? I would be very grateful if you would allow it.thanks

Comment by Bvhv
2011-01-17 12:29:26

everything is fine, the only problem is that unfortunately picture does not bend this way.

Comment by chandra
2011-10-23 09:34:46

That’s cool. very cool, thanks for sharing.

Comment by iAn
2014-01-01 10:41:42

Interesting…I’ve have some photos from Angkor and I would like to apply vintage effect on it before posting it on my blog. Thanks for this!


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