3. Apply a photo filter.
Add another Image Adjustment Layer and select Photo Filter. This allows you to apply a vintage color wash, such as sepia, which gives the image a warm, reddish-brown look. You can also explore other color washes, like a cool blue or a moody green.
4. Layer in some noise.
Add noise to the image to give it an authentic vintage feel. Click Filter, and then choose Noise from the drop-down menu. Noise gives your photo a texture reminiscent of film grain. Make sure to select Monochrome in the Noise window, so it doesn’t add in color speckles.
5. Create a vignette.
Click on your pixel layer, then go to Effects and select Inner Shadow from the drop-down list. This adds a subtle shadow effect and makes your image appear less perfect and more similar to ripped or damaged vintage photos.
6. Add the finishing touches.
Use the Clone Stamp tool to remove or retouch any modern elements of the image that would disturb the vintage aesthetic. Whether you take out a modern logo on a piece of clothing or edit out telephone poles, those final touches can preserve the retro look.
Give color photos a vintage effect.
Follow this tutorial to give your color photos a vibrant retro style in Photoshop.