Design Down Time: January

On the first of this month, I announced as part of my new years resolutions that I would try to do at the very least one design/illustration/web tutorial per month and post it here. Here’s the first installment of that series “Design Down Time.”

Create a Soft Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop

I had bookmarked this tutorial at work for something to do during my down time. Considering I just nabbed some awesome Florence + the Machine tickets recently, I thought the Queen of the stage was a worthy subject of this tutorial. And how about we use one of the images from the show of hers I got to see last October during ACL?

Here’s the image I started with:

 

ACL Music Festival 2015 - Weekend 2

(Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage, courtesy of Getty Images)

Naturally, it’s already an amazing photo, but I wanted to go ahead and test out this tutorial with it.

Here’s the final product:

Florence

Doesn’t look too bad. I’m not so sure it’s vintage so much as just faded, but maybe that’s one and the same? Either way, it was super quick. Didn’t even take five minutes. So, I decided to try out a couple more from the same set of photos. (Again, all photos by Rick Kern/WireImage, courtesy of Getty Images)

ACL Music Festival 2015 - Weekend 2

Before

Florence2_After

After

This one is much better! Definitely gives a softer vibe to it.

ACL Music Festival 2015 - Weekend 2

Before

Florence4_After

After

This one came out a little grainy, especially around her hair.

Overall, a neat little tutorial. I definitely think the effect works best for the second picture.

I’m thinking for my next tutorial, I’ll do something a bit more substantial. But this was a nice starter one to ease into this new habit of mine. And it didn’t take long at all! It took longer to write up this post than it did to do the actual tutorial.

Boom! January tutorial resolution met!

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