Creating a vintage look in Pixelmator

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by Mark Stagi | September 2013 |

This article creatde by Mark Stagi the author of Learning Pixelmator, discusses how to create a vintage on your images. Creating a Vintage look has been popular for a while now and even in this digital age we crave the vintage look that we used to get in film. There are tons of different types of vintage looks you can go for and no matter what program you use to edit there are some easy ways to get a vintage look. When using Pixelmator to edit your photos there are a few options you have and a lot of creative control that you get with the application. I want to take a look at how to create a vintage style with Pixelmator without using the quick and easy presets that the Pixelmator application includes.

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I am going to start with this image of Venice and walk through one way to apply a vintage style to the photograph.

First head over to the effects browser (Command – 3 if it’s not already open). Choose the Hue effect under the Color Options section. Drag the saturation slider down about 10-15 percent. Next we will want to darken the shadows of the image and increase the contrast. To do this open up the Levels effect and move the black point on the left of the histogram over to the right just a little bit.

Now we want to give a color shift to the image. We will add a greenish tint to the image by going into the curves color adjustment section. In your effects browser double-click on the Curves effect and then select the Green level. Move the handle on the left of the curve up to about 12 percent.

After you set the green level then move over to the blur and also move the leftmost point up on the curve adjustment to around 12-15 percent. Then slide this point over to the right to create a straight line and move it to somewhere around 30 percent. These are just guidelines but always modify the color to fit your needs.

Now we will want to add some yellow colors to the image to give it that aged, warm tone. For this go to the Channels effect. Since we can only adjust the RGB colors (Red, Green, Blue), we will choose the Blue channel since this is the opposite of yellow. When we remove blue we are adding in yellow.

For this example I moved the red down to -19 percent, the blue down to 62 percent(from 100 percent), and changed the constant to 26 percent. That’s it and now we have a cool retro style effect to our image.

Summary

There we have it, a few very quick ways to take a normal color photograph and give it that aged film vintage look.

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Mark Stagi

Mark Stagi has been passionate about photography since catching the photo bug as a child Markgot fully hooked in the darkroom while in high school when watching the magic of a print appear. In college, Mark continued his studies of Photography and Fine Art with a degree in the Arts and an emphasis on Photography. Right after college, Mark started his own wedding photography business focusing on Fine Art Wedding photography. Mark's wedding business all started with his passion to create fresh and fun wedding images that reflect each bride's unique day.

Growing up in the Silicon Valley, Mark has always had as much of a passion for technology as he has with the arts. As the photo industry started to move over into the digital world, Mark has been at the forefront of mastering the digital tools that photographers need to create art.

Mark's passion for photography has also led him to lead photography workshops and run a photography website http://www.digitalphotobuzz.com, where he shares his passion and love for photography with Shooting Tips, Online Tutorials, and other photography news and info.

Mark has written a few other mini books that are currently available as apps for the iPad, including Portrait Photography 101 – Learn to take better portraits, Wedding Photography – A guide to better wedding photos, Baby Photography, among others.

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