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Photoshop: How to Transform Photos into Vintage Movie Film Frames (CC & later)

November 16, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create the look
of vintage film frames from contemporary photos for versions CC and later. I provided a Photoshop template that you can
download, so you can follow along. Its link is in my video’s description below
or project files. It includes two layers – a vintage film frame and film scratches. Before we begin, if you’re not already a subscriber
to Blue Lightning TV, click the small “Subscribe” button at the lower, right corner. If my tutorials have helped you learn or improve
in Photoshop or even inspired you to explore your creativity, please show your support
by joining my community of patrons on Patreon for as little as $2 per month. First, we’ll change the Blend Mode of the
film scratches to “Divide”. If you toggle its visibility back and forth,
you can see how the scratches add age and wear to the film. Open a photo that you’d like to use for this project. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. We’ll place it into the template I provided. Make sure your Move Tool is active by pressing
“v” on your keyboard. Drag the photo onto the tab of the template. Without releasing your mouse or pen, press
and hold “Shift” as you drag it down and release. Pressing “Shift” kept your photo centered
over the template. Before we resize the photo, drag it below
the film scratches. Open your Channels panel. If you don’t see it, go to Window and Channels. I provided a mask for the inside of the frame. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the shape to make
it into a selection. Open back your Layers panel and click the
Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to your photo. Click the chain-link icon to unlink the photo
and the layer mask. Doing this allows us to resize and re-position
the photo inside the layer mask, while the layer mask remains in place. To resize your photo, make the photo active
and open the Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. If you’re using a Photoshop version
earlier than CC 2019, go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and
hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it in or out. If you’re using CC 2019 or later, just press
Alt or Option as you drag it. Then, press Enter or Return to accept it. Next, we’ll convert the photo into a Smart
Object, so we can modify it non-destructively and allow us to adjust the filters at any
time. To do this, click the icon at the upper, right
and click “Convert to Smart Object”. Go to Filter, Blur Gallery and “Iris Blur”. Go to the middle of the top or bottom of the
blur ellipse and when you see a curved, double-arrow, drag it up to the middle of the sprockets. Go the middle of one of the sides and gain,
when you see a curved, double-arrow, drag it out approximately this far. Make the Blur amount 8 pixels. Open the “Noise” panel and make the Amount
approximately 50%. The Size is 25%, the Roughness is 50%, the
Color is 0 and the Highlights are 100%. Then, click OK. Next, we’ll add a soft, dark vignette along
the edges. Go to Filter and Camera Raw Filter”. Click the “Presets” icon. The Grain is “None”. Once we add other filters to it, the extra
grain won’t be necessary. Make the “Vignetting”: Heavy. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 0.3 pixels. Change the photo’s blend mode to “Multiply”. Next, we’ll add a Black and White filter to
fade the overall colors and to customize the brightness of specific areas of our photo. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Black and White”. I did an in-depth tutorial on this filter, so if you’d like to watch it, I included it in my video’s description, as well. We want the adjustment layer to affect just our photo and not the film frame. Since Adjustment Layers affect all the layers below them in the Layers panel, we need to clip it or restrict it to the photo. To do this, click the Clipping Mask icon or press Alt +Ctrl +G on Windows or Option +Cmd + G on a Mac. You can also go to Layer and “Create Clipping Mask”. Reduce its opacity to 50% or 60%. To adjust the brightness o Specific tones of colors, click the “On Image Adjustment Tool”. This tool automatically adjusts the gray tones of specific colors in your image. For example, I’d like to lightens the gray tones of greens in my image, so I;’ll go to the trees and click and drag the adjustment tool to the right. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. thanks for watching!


  • Reply Irineu Bishop April 14, 2019 at 11:37 pm


  • Reply Rosé Arts April 14, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Weird to say, but this tutorial has given me inspiration I needed to a project that I have sadly been neglecting, and I want to say thank you for the inspiration!

  • Reply Lord Crump April 14, 2019 at 11:55 pm


  • Reply Daddy Shark YT April 15, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Who are listening to this while also trying it out on photoshop? 😏

  • Reply FPortman April 15, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Marty, firstly, i want congratulate you 750k subscribers. And secondly, as always great lesson.thank you.

  • Reply Redha Nessah April 15, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Thanks bro
    Great job

  • Reply Susan Pratt April 15, 2019 at 3:33 am

    This is a really good tutorial and I learned some more about the Black & White Adjustment layer, of adjusting the colors in the Grays. It was helpful. I had two semesters of Digital Imaging and not once did we cover this part of the Black & White Adjustment layer. I am learning a lot watching all these YouTube videos. I wish my classes covered more of the Software, and how to use it.

  • Reply kcha shetaka April 15, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Thanks bro

  • Reply TB Photoshop Tutorials April 15, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Always love your tutorials Marty!

  • Reply affix play April 15, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Thank you very much, dear friend. This is exactly, what I need right now 😍

    Ё-маё! БЛИСТЯЩЕ! Вот, как раз в тему для футажей в видеокрое. СПАСИБИЩЕ, БРО 😍

  • Reply Pauline Merlin April 15, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Thank you!

  • Reply Fernando Vázquez Dj Manitas April 15, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Fantastic!!! Thanks Marty.

  • Reply Levi Read April 15, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Marty a q. I just came back from venice, i love your tutorial by the way, i would like to make some of my pics look vintage as in the tutorial but without the outter movie frame. any suggestions? tnx!

  • Reply Brian Horrocks April 15, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Great tutorial, I have recently taken some shots of an old 14th C Abbey, they should look great in this effect. Thanks Marty.

  • Reply Subash Thapa April 15, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Why can't I find camera raw on my photoshop? And also can't do Iris Blur.

  • Reply dota muugi April 16, 2019 at 1:32 am

    i like ur youtube channel.Thank for your channel!!!

  • Reply dota muugi April 16, 2019 at 1:35 am

    need Older photos change lessons on photoshop pls

  • Reply hussain mohammed. mahf April 16, 2019 at 2:38 am


  • Reply mania de arte April 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Obrigado Parceiro!!!

  • Reply Z Gamer April 16, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Hi Marty! That's A Fantastic tutorial. But i got stuck at the camera raw preset.when i click preset icon it does not appear anything.i already check and there was no problem.. please help me and um my version is CC 2018 Mac

  • Reply uch sawin April 20, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Thank you!

  • Reply Jacob Annooz April 20, 2019 at 10:01 pm


  • Reply Stanley Kho April 21, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Martyr, i got stuck at Camera Raw Filter (Presets)….i am using PS2017, the presets is blank…the Grains and Vignette can be found at fx but the settings are a bit different…there is no heavy vignette to choose from…please advise…Thank you..

  • Reply ghazy 9paint April 25, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for the tutorial

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  • Reply Erjay Valledor June 6, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Thank YOu So much for this tutorial i able to use it on our video project
    GREAT thing i SUBSCRIBE to your Channel Keep this up

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