How to Create Vintage Photo Effects in Seconds With Photoshop Actions

Editing your photography with vintage effects can add a unique touch to your work. In this post, you will learn how to steal your photo editing skills to the next level by creating vintage photoshop actions. At the conclude, I will also share some of my favorite vintage photoshop actions that are available here at Creative Market.

Let’s be honest – photo editing can be a tedious process especially if you fill dozens of photos to edit at once. But you can easily batch edit your photos in seconds if you learn how to consume and create these useful photoshop actions.

These actions will not only save you time but will support your photos looking consistent in your desired vintage aesthetic. You can consume these to support your social media and website photos looking like a cohesive collection.

These actions edit your photos in just a few clicks so you can focus on sharing your gorgeous vintage-inspired photos.

Here are some examples of what these Photoshop actions can create:

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Photoshop actions work by recording all of the steps you steal to edit your photos. You can consume them to batch edit your photos easily and quickly.

Step by Step Instructions

We are going to start by recording our editing actions to create a vintage effect. Be sure to fill your Actions window open. If you don’t see it, proceed to window, actions and the window will appear.

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Let’s start by creating a original action folder. We are going to create our own original folder by clicking the folder icon below in the action window. This is the 4th icon from the left at the bottom. This brings up a window where we are going to name our original set. I am going to name this set “vintage effect”. Feel free to name this set whatever you like.

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Now we are going to start recording our steps. Click the original icon (it’s in between the folder we just worked with and trash can icon). Let’s name our original action – “adjustments” and press record. You should see the record icon turn red — which means Photoshop is now recording every action we accomplish until we press finish.

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From here, we are going to start editing our photo. With our record button still on, proceed to filter, noise, add noise. Set it to 13% with uniform distribution selected. This adds a subtle grainy film discover.

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Now let’s add our first adjustment layer: curves. bolt the bottom curve up slightly, and manufacture an “S” curve like I’ve done below. This will start making the edits necessary to create our vintage-inspired feel.

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Next adjustment layer we’ll add is saturation. Set the saturation to -45. Doing this will give a distressed discover by making the colors less vibrant.

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Our final adjustment layer will be color balance. Set it to fill your midtones be cyan/red at +10, magenta/green at +4, and yellow/blue at -17.

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And now we are done with editing. Here’s what the finished edit looks like.

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These are simply suggestions I am showing you, you can play around with each adjustment layer to reach your own unique vintage discover you want for your own photos.

When you are done with your photo edits (with the record button still on), save your photo in your desired photo format if you want photoshop to save your photos when it’s finished with these actions. This is useful if you want to batch edit your photos later on.

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When you are finished with each step, be sure to press the finish button. If you need to add more steps, you can always proceed back, delete the step where you saved the file and press the record button again.

Here is what your steps should discover like before you click finish.

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Using Your Photoshop Actions

Now you are ready to consume your photoshop actions! You can either batch edit or consume these actions to edit one photo at a time. In order to consume these actions on photo you will need select all action steps you want repeated on your original photo, then simply press play and it’s done.

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If you want to consume your vintage photoshop actions to batch edit, proceed to file, automate, batch. Be sure to create a folder on your computer of the photo files you want edited along with a separate folder with the finished photos. Select the folder of photos you want edited as the source and the folder you want the finished photos to proceed in destination.

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Congrats! You did it! You are on your way to creating your own vintage photoshop actions you can consume over and over again. You can also consume Photoshop actions to resize your images, add a watermark, or anything else you can dream up. fill fun and come by creative!

7 Vintage Photoshop Effects

If you’d like to consume pre-made vintage Photoshop actions, here are some worthy ones that are already created for you. By using these, you can be on your way transforming your photography into vintage art in seconds.

Here are some of my favorite vintage actions:

1. Vintage Effect Set

Created by Creative Supplies Co., this Photoshop effect set adds resplendent sepia and faded color tones to your photos. It includes several filters along with vintage and gradient overlays. This set can turn your photos into chilly vintage art in just a few clicks.

2. Soda Shopped Retro Photoshop Actions

Created by Forefathers, was inspired by the 1950’s soda shops and pharmacies. This Photoshop action set includes 6 different action flavors to steal your photos back in time. This set includes 6 action sets, 7 hi-res halftone pattern files, 7 hi-res texture files, 2 ink bleed actions, 1 halftone color action, and a PDF guide.

3. Pop Art Creator PRO

Created by CANofART, this action set is inspired by Andy Warhol’s pop art screen printings of Marilyn Monroe. With this Pop Art Creator, you can choose between 15 different colors to transform your photos into vibrant and playful 1960’s pop art.

4. FilmTone Natural Photoshop Actions

Created by FilterGrade, this set includes 25 natural film Photoshop actions, 10 faded pastel tones, and realistic grain & noise filters that will manufacture your photos shine with natural vintage tones. These actions are ideal for you if you want to create that summer-like retro discover to your photography.

5. Rochelle Photoshop Action

Created by MustaART, this Photoshop action adds a vintage effect along with a resplendent light leak that brings you back to the broken-down analog days. It adds a warm vintage glow and is perfect for adding a unique touch to your photography in seconds.

6. Vintage broken-down Photo Effect Overlays

Created by PhotoSpirit, these photo effect overlays are ideal for turning your photos into antique artwork. It comes with 21 dust and scratch textures, 23 broken-down paper textures, overlay actions, and a user guide to learn how to implement it all.

7. Colorized broken-down Photo Effect Photoshop

Created by PhotoSpirit this photo effect was inspired by the 1920’s and 1930’s. These Photoshop actions create a vintage effect with muted color accents. These colorized effects mimic a vintage hand-retoucher. This effect pack comes with many different actions to manufacture the photo black and white along with adding different colored tones on top of it.


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