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I did this tutorial in Photoshop CS3 Extended which is why some of you may have problems. However, that doesn't mean this tutorial won't work in other versions of Photoshop. Just try it out.

Want to cool vintage effect & make your subject sort of "pop" at the same time? Once again, you've come to the right place, doll. Vanessa Hudgens will be my subject this time. Here's the before:

Here's the after:

Let's start!

001.Open up your photograph.

002.Select the tool you're most comfortable with such as the Pen Tool (P), Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), etc. I'm going to use the Quick Selection Tool (W).

003.Select your object.

004.If you used the Quick Selection Tool (W) like I did, do this step. If you didn't go to the next step or read on to learn something. Go Select>Modify>Smooth. The reason behind doing this step is that sometimes the Quick Selection Tool (W) makes your selections not so smooth. So smoothing it out won't hurt & it'll make your subject look better.

005.Enter 1 as your pixels. You don't want to enter a high number becauase ps will smooth your selection too much & it will look rounded.

006.Once that is done, do a ctrl+j.

007.Now go Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast.

008.Enter 8 as your brightness & 25 as your contrast.

009.Hold down ctrl while clicking on the Create new Layer icon to make a new layer between your "Background" & "Layer 1" layers.

010.Now select your Gradient Tool (G).

011.Select your "Black, White" gradient.

012.Apply a gradient from the bottom to the top of the image.

013.Change that layer's opacity to 12%.

014.Create a new layer.

015.Select your "Orange, Yellow, Orange" gradient.

016.Apply the gradient from left to right.

017.Bring that layer's opacity down to 12%.

018.And you have finished. You have your final product! ")

If you got lost or have any questions, comment the tutotial & I'll get back to you as soon as I can. :D

Tutorial Comments

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By Janess on Dec 26, 2008 11:11 pm

Dead links! >:|

By TheOn3LeftBehind on Aug 15, 2008 9:00 pm

i see a dead link !

By sine on Aug 10, 2008 11:05 pm

thats hott

By kimboxxkimi on Jul 4, 2008 6:17 pm


By JUiCEYFRUiT on Jun 12, 2008 12:41 pm

Another GREAT Tutorial!

By Ladii-J-Gfx on Apr 23, 2008 1:20 am

turned out great =D

By letsgetfamousx on Apr 3, 2008 8:06 am

[; lovin it!

By oneroot on Feb 25, 2008 2:27 pm

this rocks

By shambrea on Feb 12, 2008 8:47 pm

very nice ^^

By cereazlinda on Feb 10, 2008 10:14 pm
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Tutorial Details

Author manny-the-dino View profile
Submitted on Jan 30, 2008
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Reviewer sweetasphyxia View profile
Approved on Jan 31, 2008