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Vintage Film Effect

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Beau Vincent says:

Hey everyone,

I developed a technique that makes your images look like old film.

Example:

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I've created a Photoshop CS-CS3 action for you to download.
[Download Here]

If you use it, please post your before and after examples to this post.

Cheers!

-Fallout75

UPDATE:
I've created a PDF document that has step-by-step instructions on how to create this effect using PAINT . NET

Download PDF

Update: 8-12-2014
The link to the action and the pdf are now back up. I have verified this action still works with Photoshop CS6 just fine. Just drag the action into the photoshop window and it should install in your actions panel just fine.
Cheers!
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cut country [deleted] says:

I just tried it out on a couple of my recent photographs and I am loving the results. Fantastic work, thanks for sharing!
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Beau Vincent says:

Lekke: Lets see some examples... :)
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Arkku says:

For those of us without photoshop, please detail the steps involved so we can duplicate them on other software.

As a comment on the example, the procedure seems to lose quite a bit of hilight details.
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Beau Vincent says:

Arkku: I'll post the steps soon, it's quite involved to explain.
I'll create a step by step procedure and append it to the main post.

The example isn't the greatest, I'll try to get another image with people in it. Hoping people will post examples.
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cut country [deleted] says:

Original:
Thru the Vibe

Vintage Film effect:
Thru The Vibe - vintage film version
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Beau Vincent says:

Updated main post with Step-by-Step instructions on how to re-create this effect in the free program PAINT.NET. Download the PDF
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~libran.earth.sheep~ says:

rich ass original


rich ass
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fabiola? says:

what exactly do you do?

change the hues and saturation and sharpness?

i have a picture editor i'd like to stick to since my computer cant handle much else.

:)
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Arkku says:

I experimented a bit with simplifying the steps, and had some pretty good results with blending a sepia-colorized (colorize to about hue 40, saturation 40) version of the image over the original in overlay mode. Adjusting lightness and/or levels on either the overlay or the background makes for the faded effect, but I couldn't get a single value working for all examples posted here, though I could get very close to the end result of each by tweaking the values individually.
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Beau Vincent says:

unrufFABle:

Paint.NET should work on your machine. Your machine can't be any slower than mine. (450Mhz, 512Mb RAM, WinXP)

Essentially you just need to take your image, add saturation and contrast. Then duplicate the layer, make it sepia and set opacity to about 50-75%. On the photoshop action, it actually adds center light gradient, vingetting, and cross processed effect before sepia layer is applied.

All in all it's the Lomo Effect + Cross Processing Effect + Desaturation using a Sepia layer.
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charming hall [deleted] says:

this is a real nice effect, thanks for the pdf!
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fabiola? says:

thank you!

i think i'll think i'll give paint.net a shot; cause maybe its better than my own picture editor: )
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Like a Bird Studios says:

i downloaded it and have a few photos ill try it on later. if i like any results ill post em ^_^
thanks!
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voyagephotoco says:

Very nice! Thank you I love it!

Before:


After:


Before:


After:
100_2985 copy
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chellyc says:

nice action!

vintage film action
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lopsided apparatus [deleted] says:

Thanks!

California Wine Festival

(Sorry: I don't have my "before" shot to show you.)
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xswimmer_chickax says:

this is a wonderful effect.. i think it would lok better on some of my other photos but it still looks really cool. thanks!


original
IMG_1364


creekbed vintage

orginal
IMG_1331

vintagecute
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Leo Reynolds says:

With the addition of a ttv layer

font

hymn marathon
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synonymous crib [deleted] says:

I downloaded and tried to use this action, but got a, feather not available, . What is this and how do I correct this.
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tad2106 - Trudie Davidson Photography says:

I've just spent ages reading through this group - such talent and willingness to share - feel good group! I'm really interested in this vintage effect however, at present I only have elements 2 (soon upgrading to elements 5 courtesy of Open University course!) - can anyone tell me how to achieve this without curves as this seems to be the major bit I need but don't have!! Many thanks
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cold stomach [deleted] says:

Fallout,

I have an older program. How can I replicate this action on Adobe PS 6?
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*nsch says:

this is AWESOME!! really.. best script I've seen in a very very long time!
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Francesca Valerio says:

Does this work in CS2?

edited to add: I figured it out... it does. Thanks!
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numerosept says:

great script thanks a lot...
here's my attempt.
before :
near_tienanmen2.jpg

after:
vintage_beijing
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murburger01 says:

It is really good, I will try to post one in a min
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MrsLili says:

Nice, very very nice, thank you so much!!!
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staceyyyyyyyy says:

can you use this on an old photoshop application?
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Beau Vincent says:

stacey!: download the PDF and I'm sure you could find a way to emulate the technique.

P.S. Nice examples everyone.
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charming hall [deleted] says:

i couldn't decide whether or not i liked the magenta cast so i did both haha.

back in the day
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staceyyyyyyyy says:

i just ended up downloading the paint net.
but thank you for help!
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fabriceh says:

Nice script !! Thanks a lot !
I did it on this one,
but it will be hard not to apply on all future ones
No fear
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Shirren Lim Photography says:

I love it! This is so cool. I'm so glad I stumbled onto this group. Thank you FallOut75. .
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ludwg says:

I also too fond of this effect, thanks FallOut75.
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Shirren Lim Photography says:

Hi! Here 's my example using the script. Sorry, I don't have a before pix.


Kalk Bay

Thanks again. FallOut75...
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pinkertons says:

Here are a few I tried it on, also added a dust/scratch layer...


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unphotographable says:

I'm having some trouble installing the action. I have adobe elements v.2. I (think I) followed the instructions in the help section, but nothing has happened. Can anyone give me a hand?
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charming hall [deleted] says:

i don't think actions work in elements...but i could be wrong.
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kat heyes says:

this effect looks brilliant, I've got CS but have never used actions before, how to i apply it to an image?
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unphotographable says:

Rats. Well, I guess that answers my question. Thanks Milo. :)
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unphotographable says:

I downloaded Paint.Net and tried it there:
friday
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Peepeye Photography says:

Please see my new post for further discussion on achieving the old film look by using film . . .
www.flickr.com/groups/technique/discuss/72157601820905600/

Thanks,
James
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ad interim says:

This is frickin awesome dude. The result by just running the action doesnt work best for me, but since you can go in and modify all opacities etc this really kicks ass anyways. (and works for pretty much all pics)
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itsillusion[i'm alive!] says:

WOWOWOWOW
thanks buddy ..this is awesum
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al-noof says:

hi ..

i loved the action , i used it in lots of photos and it just looked great =D
it never happen with actions.. cuz sometimes it work with this photo and doesn't work on another one..
but yours work with it all =D

anyway :

BEFORE
Villagio 042

AFTER
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Thanks alot ..
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Beau Vincent says:

I'm glad to see people are making use of this action.
Keep em coming. :)
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adorable base [deleted] says:

I did it too ! and I love the new look . Thanks a lot
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Ronaldkoster.com says:

Great action !! Did some other PP too, .. .. .. .. THANX !!!!

kD . JOb
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bunnyechoes says:

thanks for the action ... =) i'll post some photos when i'll have some time. :-)
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Irrawaddy Erik says:

Thanks so much I really like the action

Before


After

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Pedronskigram says:

Thanks.


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excellent secretary [deleted] says:

what location did you stick the file in?? i have a mac and cs3
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María José Azcona says:

beautiful effect
i'll try it
thanks :)
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Pink Peony Photography ~ Karleen says:

Love it. Thanks!

SOOC:


AFTER (with a bit more tweeking of levels, curves):

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indian nomad says:

Hey this is a great effect but can someone tell me how to use the ATN - actions file with Photoshop? I am using CS2. Sorry for such a stupid question. :(
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Mr Dave Esmond says:

Nice.

Before.



After




Thanks!
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Tourista de Mancunia says:

Yep this really cool will try myself and post later...
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Rock and Robin Photography says:

Oh my gosh. This is amazing... amazing amazing...

Before:
Chairs at Nicks before

AFTER!!!
Chairs at Nicks

I threw down a couple ttvs to add more antiquity to the shot.. but I am amazing how wonderful this action is... thank you!
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Derrick H says:

Simply awesome! Love it!
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well-made cub [deleted] says:

Before vintage film effectbefore
afterafter

I love this effect! thank you.
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veruh.neicy says:

i love this. i've been looking for an action/ tutorial for this kind of effect. i just haddddd to try it on me :DDDD

before


after

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caranzophotography says:

i dont know if you can conisder this photo a vintage

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rt44man says:

Totally love this action. Found it via Cinnamon's photostream.
The royal vintage treatment
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rt44man says:

old car and film action
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rt44man says:

kissy face old film action
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curious cakes [deleted] says:

mine_late (2 of 1) copy
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kristel dom says:

Before:
tasjes 02
After:
Vintage red cups
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_Skotta_ says:

hi and thanx for the action. Its pretty cool!


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PortugePunk says:

This really rocks! Thank you for sharing!
vintage-ization
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Beau Vincent says:

I'm lovin' the examples.
I'm suprised this action has become so popular.
I really don't know how "Vintage" it makes images, or if it looks like "Film" at all, just didn't know what to call it.
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sammy baby says:

Fun!


IMG_0760.jpgdolls, now with spiffy vintage film effect.
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.koni says:

buschi
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.koni says:

Antilope
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.koni says:

Before

church

After

church
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m. wriston says:

I'd be curious to know if anyone has had any success porting this to the GIMP, or other image editors in that vein. I run OS X, and the Paint.NET results don't net nearly the same results in other progs.

Thanks!
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rc.photo says:

Here's a couple; the first is almost the stock action and the second is heavily modified:



The Further Adventures of Mr. Toad
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b3naqua says:


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Alexia Death says:

I've made Gimp scripts for this and LOMO effect available from alexia.death.pri.ee/archives/48
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Beau Vincent says:

Alexia Death Good Lookin' out! ;)
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bunnyechoes says:

Hanging
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m. wriston says:

Alexia, you're a godsend!
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Alexia Death says:

:D Glad you like it. I'm just surprised nobody took it up before me ;)

PS: if you know any other good stuff thats scriptable but is without a gimp script, please let me know ;)
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illustrious airplane [deleted] says:

Oh thanks !!!!!!
You did an excellent work
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fields of bohemia says:

I love this effect. Lately I've been consumed with destructing my very pristine (but rather sterile) DSLR images to emulate the effect of an old film camera. Thanks so much for sharing - this action makes it so much easier, and the results are incredible.
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*Ann Gordon says:

spooky.

.spooky.
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VisvimFolklore says:

seriously the best technique i came across.
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*GT says:

You are the Reflection of Your Ownself
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ucogency says:

awesome action!
@Fallout75: thx a ton for sharing it!!!

Why should boys have all the fun...
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Christopher Bautista says:

oops
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Christopher Bautista says:

carnival.4

carnival.5

carnival.2

carnival.3

carnival.6

carnival.1
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Gris dans ma vie says:

could someone tell me how to use it?

i've done the download already,but i dont know how to work with it.


thanks
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notashamed says:

You need to locate it on your hard drive within Photoshop. Then you go to actions and press play. Then something like this occurs:

Vintage Hancock
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rc.photo says:

action definitely saved this one; black and white just didn't have the same appeal:


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Mista Fitz says:

^^ mmmm... nice example, works perfectly for that image! ^^
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KatColorado says:

I only have the after version - I think it looks really cool!

chilly
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Intrudēr says:

I did my own trick with this
:)


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Thanks maddie
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fedewild says:

commercianti
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lesbru says:

Looked more like old film on some other shots, but specially like the effect on this one.

sudoku 2

Many thanks for sharing this.
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m. wriston says:

Just tried the GIMP version that Alexia_Death made. I like.

Notice of Towing (by boyghost)
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ja | castillo says:

lock box

old garage door

FUTAB : 09.28.07
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KatColorado says:

your filter really helped me capture the feeling of nostalgia I get when I see these skates:

at the icerink
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