I wanted to take some photographs to give out to friends and family but wanted something a little different, something fun, not your ordinary couple portraits. So after setting up the lights in the studio I set the camera up to take a sequence of shots (if you ever need to do this I would highly recommend getting Canon’s TC-80N3 Timer remote, compatible with most of the EOS bodies).
After taking the photos I wanted to create a “vintage look” to make them appear as if they were classic photos, like something taken in the 50’s. So after a quick review in Lightroom to see which photos I wanted to keep I dove into Photoshop. Accomplishing the look I wanted ended up being a little bit more complicated than I originally thought it would be. After about an hour or so of experimenting I came up with a formula I was happy with. It would involve Photoshop and NIK Software Color Efex Pro & Sharpener Pro.
Steps to Creating A Vintage Look
1. Check background make sure it was clean
2. Run the image through Sharpener Pro
3. Set the new sharper layer to opacity of 50%
4. Run the image through Color Efex Pro > Cross Processing @ 71%, T01
5. Then Color Efex Pro > Paper Toner @ 88%, #5
6. Set the new paper toner layer to opacity of 50%
7. One more time, Color Efex Pro > Tonal Contrast 10%, 10%, 10%, 10%
8. Flatten and save