After finding this snapshot on Mandi’s blog, I spent a good half hour browsing through the vintage pictures on Unexpected Tales. Besides providing a candid glimpse into times gone by, many of the photos had a faded, tattered, black on sepia look that I found appealing, and the pinked edges of those old photos really emphasized the feeling of another time and place. I thought it would be fun to create a version of this antique look in Photoshop using this grungy frame and some of the things we’ve learned in previous tutorials:
Layers and Clipping Masks
Above is the expanded view of Eleonore’s “vintage” photo. Please note that the layer closest to us (the black and white adjustment layer) is the top-most layer in the Layers Palette. Below are the two clipping mask groups.
The frame is available as a member download. However, if you’re not a member, you can simply substitute the frame with a rectangular shape. If you’re unfamiliar with shapes, this screencast may be helpful!
menthe a l’eau by eleonore bridge
photo 1, photo 2 from unexpected tales
frontage from myfonts
vintage frame (member extra)
pencil/chalk brushes (noteworthy)
clipping masks (tutorial)
blending mode (tutorial)
make photos black and white (tutorial)
color adjustment layer, step 6 (tutorial)
realistic drop shadows (tutorial)