It goes without saying that the advent of digital photographs has advanced the world of photography; for professionals and amateurs alike, watching these exciting developments take place is a real thrill. We’re now able to take incredibly true-to-life photographs that are as clear as the images we see with our own eyes. Many of the best photos are even more vibrant than real life images: think high-zoom nature photography that allows us to observe the usually-unseen details of insect life.

However, while we wouldn’t give these advances up for all the tea in China, occasionally we come across photos from the 70s, 80s and 90s and ask ourselves, ‘why do those old photos look so cool?’. Who wouldn’t love to go back to the old days and get the chance to take a few of those retro shots one more time? Nothing like a bit of nostalgia to give your photos that edge…

Luckily for us, the comprehensive range of digital resources at our fingertips mean we can have the best of both worlds. High-resolution, high quality images with the charming feel of vintage photographs is absolutely achievable with some great photos and a little bit of work.

Aging your photo to make it look ‘old fashioned’ is really easy to do. I use this trick on a regular basis – for clients, and for my own personal photos. There are lots of tools available to help you achieve this: I’ve listed my favourites below to get you started on producing great images with a vintage feel.


Digital Resources

The first thing that you’ll want to do is use some high-quality textures. There are plenty of texture packs available for you to look at, but if you want one to search for then you can go onto the Envato Market and download Old Film Cuttings. From this pack go to Scratches and Dust, and then go to Volume 2 of the texture pack. If you want to be convincing with your edit, choose a photo that is old enough to have an old photo taken of it, for example the London Bridge, or other historic landmarks.


Open up the photograph in Photoshop and crop the image down to remove any modern features, like cars or technology. You’ll then need to unzip the package and open up Pack_2_Film_07.jpg. You can then go to Select > All > Edit > Copy. Then you’ll need to go to the main focus of your image and select Edit > Paste.  Once this is done, you’ll have added the texture over the image you want.

You can then change the blending mode to multiply.

When you’ve done this, go to Edit > Free Transformation. This will scale the texture right down so that it fits over the photo. When you have done this, you can then click enter to apply the new transformation.

As you can see, with a little help it’s easy for you to age an image in Photoshop. If you’d like to build up the aged effect even more, you can add more textures over the top of the existing one.

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