Can you help me give a pin-up piece a vin­tage feel?

Car­los the Jackal, Venezuela

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An­swer Walde­mar replies

I’m ap­proach­ing this ques­tion hav­ing cre­ated the ma­jor­ity of the paint­ing, so this is more about the tex­ture that I’m go­ing to ap­ply. Some­times an ‘aged’ paint­ing is in the de­tail that you may not even no­tice straight­away. I’m not talk­ing about tak­ing a cup of tea or cig­a­rette lighter to the edges of a white piece of paper!

I scan in some nat­u­rally aged paper from a book, then clone it to the size of my im­age. In pre-dig­i­tal days, pin-up paint­ings were oil on can­vas that were then pho­tographed and re­touched in the print­ing colour cor­rec­tion process. I’m go­ing to em­u­late this process in Pho­to­shop.

I ap­ply the tex­ture of paper, then pre­tend I’ve pho­tographed it by boost­ing the con­trast a bit, mak­ing the edges slightly blurred. Then, af­ter tak­ing away some de­tail, I add clar­ity in shades. First I du­pli­cate the pic­ture layer, and then use Pho­to­shop’s Curves or Se­lec­tive Color to give the shad­ows and dark ar­eas a cool tone, and the light ar­eas and mid-tones a warm tone. Then I lower the con­trast of the en­tire layer, change the layer blend mode to Soft Light and re­duce its Opac­ity. Next I cre­ate an­other layer and im­port the tex­ture of the old paper. I set the layer to ei­ther Mul­ti­ply Blend mode or Over­lay and drop the con­trast. Af­ter these dig­i­tal ma­nip­u­la­tions I in­tro­duce a hint of warm sun­light through­out the im­age.

In­stead of us­ing aged paper as the back­ground

tex­ture you could try card­board or old can­vas. Use Pho­to­shop’s layer op­tions to ad­just the aged-look of the dig­i­tal can­vas.

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