How to Age Photos in Photoshop

I recently had an opportunity to shoot several girls for some pinup style photos, and I decided to age the photos through some simple Photoshop methods. While experimenting with different effects I think that I came up with an easy method that quickly gives an antique look to your photos with minimal effort.

Step 1

Start by opening that photo that you want to age into Photoshop. Below is an image of a pinup girl that we will be using for this tutorial.

Step 2

Next we will add another layer that goes on top of the original image. For this layer I will be importing a paper texture that I found by using Google Image search. This texture works well because it’s high resolution, has a dark yellow tint, and some texture details.

Step 3

Now you will need to change the layer style from “Normal” to “Multiply”. In the example image above you will see that I have “Multiply” selected. Next you will want to change the opacity for this layer to somewhere between 50-70%. I have it set to 63% in this case.
What you see above are the effects that we have applied so far to the image. Not bad, but I’m not a fan of the texture and dark splotches on my models face. The solution to this problem is to add another layer that will reduce the amount of aging and texture being applied to the model. Right click on the original image layer and select “Duplicate Layer” to make a copy. Then drag that copy to the top of the layer list.

Step 4

Click on the eye icon to the left of the other layers to hide them. Next, take out the eraser brush and erase everything except your model. You don’t need to spend a great deal of time on this process, just get it generally close to the outline of your model. Once you finish doing that, change the opacity of the layer to somewhere between 50-60%.

Step 5

The final step is to un-hide the background layers to view the final result. You should now see less of the paper texture across the area that is left on the top layer.
You can view a larger example image on the Crystal Pinup Gallery, or another sample on the Angie Pinup Gallery..

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