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Here's a quick way to age a photo

Added on Friday 9th of September 2011 06:19 am EST

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Here’s a quick way to age a photo
by Gary DeFranco
Adobe Photoshop CS2/CS3/CS4/CS5
Operating Systems:
Macintosh, Microsoft Windows

I need to make a handful of photos look like they were taken a long time ago. I’m not sure what’s the best way to do this though—can you offer any tips?

There are times when adding years of wear and tear to a photo brings a special visual interest to your project. And, although it may seem a simple process of desaturating a color image and adding a yellowish cast, that approach doesn’t always produce the most convincing results.
Try these steps next time you need a retro look. For the purposes of this example, we’ll go back to the early days of full-color photography in popular consumer magazines.

1.       Tone down the color. Early printing technology wasn’t able to print the brilliant, intense colors to which we’re accustomed today. Choose Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation and reduce the saturation to -50%.
2.      Add grain. Older photos rar...