CRE­ATIVE PHO­TO­SHOP Turn back the clock

James Pater­son shows how to age your im­ages with retro borders, light leaks and soft cor­ners

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Retro ef­fects are very much in vogue at the mo­ment. It seems that, with mod­ern cam­eras of­fer­ing us crys­tal-clear pic­ture qual­ity, the ap­peal of ana­logue im­per­fec­tions have gone through the roof. Those lit­tle er­rors can make pic­tures seem so much more in­di­vid­ual.

There are lots of ways to give your im­age an aged look in Pho­to­shop, and while it’ll take a lit­tle longer than in­stant smart­phone apps, the re­sults are far more unique.

In this tu­to­rial we’ll show you how to rough up a brand new im­age by adding a grubby bor­der and dirty tex­ture. We’ll also mimic the ef­fects of a light leak by adding or­ange colour­ing, giv­ing the im­pres­sion that light has seeped through the gaps in a cheap cam­era body to fog the edges of the film. Along the way we’ll en­counter fun­da­men­tal Pho­to­shop skills like blend modes, se­lec­tions, fil­ters and masks.

Each stage in the work­flow re­mains ed­itable at any point, and once you’ve done it once, you can try the ef­fect out on any im­age sim­ply by du­pli­cat­ing the lay­ers. Here’s how...

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