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Photoshop: Vintage “Action”

So I talked about how to create an action to edit bulk photos. Another way to use them is to find pre-set “Actions” to give photos certain effects.

After we got some wedding photos back (taken by friends and family) I wanted to do a little editing on them and give them a more “Vintage look”. I simply googled “Vintage Actions Photoshop” and came across Mulletgod’s Photoshop Actions.

His are totally free to download (but leave a donation) and also has several “Actions” packaged into one file.

HOW TO INSTALL:

“Action packs” can be added by going to the “Actions” palette in Photoshop and then selecting “Load Actions” and navigating to where you’ve saved the file/s.

HOW TO USE:

Actions will do a lot of work for you but they won’t do ALL of it. Each photo needs individual adjustments but using actions will do most of the heavy lifting.This is the photo I started with (click photos to view larger):

Cute but not really fabulous. There’s a lot of background and floor and I’d like to draw attention more to the center of the photograph.

STEP 1: ADJUST LEVELS

Lightening the photo a bit and adding some contrast.

STEP 2: CROP

Cropping gets rid of the lightswitch, too much floor and some of the room in the background.

STEP 3: RUN THE ACTION

I used “Vintage Gold” from Mulletgod’s action pack

It will ask you to adjust the vignette – just make sure that the part colored in RED is what you want darkened – adjust slider on the “Gaussian Blur” as necessary.

STEP 4: TWEAKS

This is what the finished action gave me – which I thought was too washed out and needed more darkening on the edges.

So I adjusted the whole “Group” that the action was run in (to lessen the effect) by selecting it and then setting the Opacity to 30%.

Then I found the vignette layer in the group…

duplicated it…

and drug it out of the group and to the top of the “Layers” palette (you can also turn off and on the layers in this to change the effect of the action).

But it still needed more so I duplicated it again once I’d moved it.

FINISHED!

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