How to Make a Photo Look Old - Vintage Effect in 5 Minutes!

How to Make a Photo Look Old?

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Aged Photo Effect with PhotoWorks - Secrets of a Retro Look

Took a seemingly perfect photo but now it seems to be too boring? Don't worry, you can still funk it up by applying artistic filters. To give your pictures a really interesting look, try the aged photo effect to travel back in time to a whole different world of retro photography. Get started with a simple photo editing program like PhotoWorks and follow along this tutorial on how to make a picture look old.


What Do We Mean by 'Old' Photos?

As a rule, when we hear an 'old photo' we imagine a picture that is well-scratched or crumpled with washed out colors and torn-off corners. In digital photography, images are given a retro look with special filters and effects. Their bright colors are getting replaced with sepia hues, and corners look rounded due to the vignette effect.

Apply Instant Photo Filters in One Click

First of all, download a proper app to make photos look old. PhotoWorks software is equipped with dozens of filters and effects that can be applied to any picture in a single click. Move to the Effects tab. Click on Popular effects & Vintage effects and you will find many options to make your digital image look as it was shot years ago.

How to make a photo look old

Apply vintage photo effects in one click

For a better retro effect, try applying the 'Black & White', 'Retro', 'Faded photo' or 'Old photo' effects. If you're satisfied with the result, save your picture. Otherwise, cancel or reset all the changes, and make a photo look old following our step-by-step instructions.

Use Tone Mapping & Vignetting Tools

To turn the chosen photo into a vintage postcard, make it black-and-white. On the Enhancement tab, drag the Saturation slider to -100. An alternative way to get a monochrome image is to tick the Black & White box (the Treatment settings), and the photo will lose all its colors in a flash. Pick the method you like!

Adjust the saturation of your photo

Turn your colorful photo into a black-and-white image

How to achieve the sepia and washed-out look? You can get the desired effect through changing the photo tone. Choose the best color to lay over the picture. We'd recommend using tinges of yellow and orange. Once you've picked the right hue, set the type of blend. It's better to use 'Soft light', 'Hard light' or 'Overlay'. Don't forget to adjust the amount of that effect for a natural look.

Play with the Tone Mapping settings

Use the Tone Mapping tool for the sepia-like look

How to make a photo look old and worn? Move to the Composition tab and apply the Vignette effect. Drag the Amount slider to the left or to the right and the image corners will become darker or brighter. Both options will look great on a retro-like photo but in this case let's try a whitish outline.

Apply the vignette effect

Apply the Vignette effect

If needed, play with the Vignette additional settings. For example, drag the Midpoint slider to the left to move the effect closer to the center. Adjust the vignette form and sharpness with the Roundness and Feather sliders, correspondingly. The transition from the white corners to the photo center should be soft and subtle.

Change the vignette settings

Play with the Vignette settings

It's done! Now the photo has a more retro feel. Compare the initial image with the edited one to see the difference:

how to make a photo look old and scratched

With PhotoWorks software, it's easy to make pictures look old and evoke the sense of nostalgia, sharpen a blurry photo, retouch a glaring face on the portrait shot, apply dozens of artistic filters in just one click, straighten crooked lines, and edit your images in more creative ways. Download the trial version of the program and edit your images with minimum efforts!

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