From high waist lines to platform shoes, the 60s are back in style, but those dreamy, pastel tones aren’t just limited to your outfits. Now you can also bring that vintage, faded look to your photographs with just a few simple steps in Photoshop.
Start by opening the photo you want to work with in Photoshop. This effect works especially well with portraits, and can be the inspiration for a 60s style photoshoot. Click on the half white, half black circle in the bottom right corner to create a new adjustment layer.
Click on Solid Color and select a deep blue or purple shade from the Color Picker. Experiment with different colors to achieve different tones, and find one that works best for your image. Once you’ve found a color you like, hit OK.
Then, in the dropdown menu next to the Opacity setting, select Lighten. Change the opacity to about 80 percent, or whatever works best for your image.
You should notice a blue or purple tone in the shadows of your photo.
Create another adjustment layer and select Solid Color again. This time, choose a light green or yellow tone. Again, play around with different colors to see what works best for your image. Click OK.
Then, in the dropdown menu next to the opacity setting, select Multiply. Tweak the opacity to about 20 percent, or whatever looks best for your image.
This time, you’ll notice a green or yellow tone across the image. Keep the opacity fairly low so that the subject doesn’t look totally green and sickly.
Next, create a third adjustment layer and select the Curves setting. Start by lightening the shadows and bringing down the highlights to bring the contrast down, giving the photo a more faded effect.
Then, select Red in the dropdown menu and bump the levels up slightly to bring a warmer hue to the image. This will help balance out the green and yellow tones you just brought into the photo.
Then change the dropdown menu to Green, and drag the line up in the bottom left corner and down in the top right. This should bring even more color to the subject’s face.
Finally, select Blue and bring it up slightly in the middle to give a blue hue to the overall image. None of these settings are exact, and editing isn’t a perfect art, so continue playing and tweaking the hues and colors until you’re happy with the result.
When you’re happy with the tones and contrast levels, quit out of curves. Create another adjustment layer and select Solid Color again. This time, pick a deep green color and hit OK.
Change the opacity to about 40 percent, or whatever works for your image.
Then, create another adjustment layer and select Levels. Use the levels adjustment to bump the highlights up slightly, bringing a bit of brightness back into the image and your subject’s face.
Then, select Red in the dropdown menu and bump up the levels a little bit to bring some more red hues back into the photo again. The goal is to find a nice balance between the cool blue tones of the shadows and the warm red tones of the highlights.
Once you’re happy with the color scheme of the photo, it’s time to add a little bit of noise and distortion to make the image really look like it’s from a different decade. Duplicate the background by right clicking on the background layer and selecting Duplicate Background. Then go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise.
Make sure the preview box is selected and bump up the amount until you like the effect, then click OK.
Go back to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blue, and change the radius to about 1. This will give the image a less sharp, and more old fashioned look.
Continue tweaking with these settings until you’re happy with your 60s style image!