Quick Vintage Look with Photoshop’s Camera Raw Filter

August 07, 2015

Quick Vintage Look with Photoshop’s Camera Raw Filter

Lately, I've been getting into different photo effects and I've been especially interested in creating vintage looks. My favorite so far uses the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop. It's my favorite because the look is subtle but striking and the method is super fast and easy.

Let me show you how I do it.

Here's the photo that I'll be working on:

quick vintage look with photoshop's camera raw filter

Step 1

With this image open in Photoshop, I'll open the Camera Raw filter by choosing Filter>Camera Raw Filter from the top menu bar.

quick vintage look with photoshop's camera raw filter

Step 2

My first adjustment is to bring the saturation down a bit. To do this, I'll reduce the saturation to -20 in the Camera Raw basic settings.

quick vintage look with photoshop's camera raw filter

Step 3

Next, I'm going to use the Split Toning panel. This panel lets you change and add color tones separately to the highlights and shadows of a photo.

The Split Toning panel can be found by clicking on the fifth Image Adjustment tab in the section just above the Camera Raw settings menu. The Split Toning tab looks like two horizontal bars.

quick vintage look with photoshop's camera raw filter

Step 4

Once in the Split Toning panel, I'll change the settings as follows. In the Highlights section, I'll enter a Hue of 245 and a Saturation of 20. In the Shadows section, I'll input a Hue of 278 and a Saturation of 40. I left the Balance slider unchanged at 0.

quick vintage look with photoshop's camera raw filter

Step 5

I'll also add a bit of a vignette effect. To do this, I'll use the Post Crop Vignetting feature found in the Effects panel. To get to the Effects panel, click on the Image Adjustment tab labeled with an fx.

quick vintage look with photoshop's camera raw filter

Step 6

The setting for the Post Crop Vignette can be found at the bottom of this panel. There, I'll add a vignette using the Highlight Priority style, with an Amount of -30, a Midpoint of 50 and a Feather value of 50.

quick vintage look with photoshop's camera raw filter

Step 7

That's it! I'm done! Click on OK to finish the edits and open the editied image in Photoshop.

Here are my before and after images.

quick vintage look with photoshop's camera raw filter
quick vintage look with photoshop's camera raw filter



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Our Blog

Looking to Get started in Photoshop?
Looking to Get started in Photoshop?

August 21, 2017

If you are looking to get started in Photoshop, you’re in luck! Adobe has recently launched a new Photoshop for Beginners Tips and Tutorials Series on YouTube.

Continue Reading

Creative Exposure: Putting It All Together
Creative Exposure: Putting It All Together

August 11, 2017

Over the past ten posts, we talked a lot about the components of exposure and how important they are in controlling the look and feel of your images.

Below is a list of links to those posts, just in case you’ve missed any:

Continue Reading

Creative exposure Part Ten: Taking Control with Aperture and Shutter Priority Modes
Creative exposure Part Ten: Taking Control with Aperture and Shutter Priority Modes

August 01, 2017

The only way you are going to be able to take control of exposure is if you get out of the ‘Auto’ mode on your digital camera. In Auto mode, your camera makes all of the exposure decisions for you. But your camera can’t know the look you want for your photo.

Continue Reading