Vintage Coloring Effect

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I'm using this random picture of two little girls:

User posted image

ANY picture will work for this tutorial.


1. Duplicate the BASE layer.
Click filter >> blur >> gaussian blur.
On the pop-up screen, make sure the radius 3.80.

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Then, set that whole layer to SOFT LIGHT & DO NOT change the opacity. It should be 100%


2. Make a new layer and fill it with #1a0ff5.
Set the blend mode to EXCLUSION & set the opacity to 20%.


3. Click layers >> new adjustment layers >> curves.
On the pop-up screen, click OK.
Then, set your input to 60 & your output to 113.

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4. Make a new layer and fill the background with #bfecff.
Set the blend mode to SOFT LIGHT & the opacity to 50%.


5. Click layers >> new adjustment layers >> channel mixer.
Set your settings to the following:

Output channel RED:
red -30, green +72, blue 0, constant 0
Output channel GREEN:
red +27, green +80, blue +2, constant 0
Output channel BLUE:
red -52, green +86, bluw -154, constant +174

Then, set the blend mode to PIN LIGHT at opacity 25%


6. Create a new layer and fill the background with #f900d9.
Set the blend mode to SCREEN & opacity 17%


Then, you're done! Your picture should look something like this:

User posted image

EXTRA: You can add finishing touches and effects.
For example, I made the finished picture into a polaroid, added a texture in the background, used a splatter brush, and added some text:

User posted image


ENJOY =)

Tutorial Comments

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haha this is cute :)

By robinneboo on Jul 1, 2009 10:57 pm

madd tutorial love it

By emmasawr on Jan 19, 2009 1:01 pm

I have Photoshop Elements 7.0 and I was looking for the cruve and channel mixer but couldn't find them. Where can I look to find them?

By AyeChristeeeel on Dec 7, 2008 2:05 pm

so cute! =)

By sunshine07 on Oct 23, 2008 8:05 am

great tut.
=]

By forgetit on Sep 1, 2008 5:25 pm

love the tutorial

By twodreamlovers on Aug 7, 2008 1:47 am

IT'S NOT CTRL + J, IT'S CTRL + BACKSPACE**
sorry :/
i keep messing it up :p

By emilyakastraightouttacompt on Apr 17, 2008 9:24 pm

fill the actual layer**

By emilyakastraightouttacompt on Apr 17, 2008 8:11 am

to choose the background color, you have to go to the little color squares in the tool toolbar and change the color of the one that's underneath it
the top one is foreground color and the bottom one is background color if that makes any sense.
to fill the actually layer, you can use ctrl + j

By emilyakastraightouttacompt on Apr 17, 2008 8:11 am

how do i fill the background make a new layer and fill it with the colors?
can you message me or somthing and let me know ? please. that would be very helpful . thanks!

By cecilee2003 on Apr 13, 2008 2:18 am
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