1970’s Snapshot Tutorial

21 May

Skill Level: Beginner

Learn how to give modern photo’s a 70’s look using simple adjustment layers in Photoshop.

The photo I’ve used for this tutorial can be downloaded here.

With your photo open in Photoshop, go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur.

Set the Radius to 0.5 pixels, and click OK.

Now duplicate the Background layer, and Gaussian Blur the copy at 2.0 pixels.

Give the copy a layer mask by clicking on the button at the bottom of the layers panel.

Select the Gradient Tool, and with the layer mask thumbnail selected, draw a radial black to white gradient from the middle of the photo outwards.

Next click on the adjustment layer at the bottom of the layers panel, and choose Hue/Saturation.

Take the Saturation down to -35.

Now add a Solid Color adjustment layer, and use the colour #ff0030.

Set the layer’s blending mode to Screen, and it’s Opacity to 25%.

Then add another Color adjustment layer, and use the colour #a26334.

Set the blending mode to Hard Light, and the Opacity to 20%.

Next add a Gradient adjustment layer, and use a red (#ff0030) to transparent Linear gradient at 180 degrees.

Set the blending mode to Screen, and the Opacity to 25%.

Finally, add a new layer above all the others, and call it ‘grain’.

Fill the layer with 50% Gray, then go to Filter>Noise>Add noise, and set the amount to 100%.

Set the blending mode to Overlay, and the Opacity to 10%.

Here’s the final outcome.

You can see some more examples of this effect below.

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Thanks for reading :)

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  • sniitz

    thank you for the tutorial (:
    your tutorials are great and always helps me a lot! (:

  • Shukz

    Awesome tutorial and easy to follow for a beginner like me.
    Thanks a lot lot