How to Make Photos Look Like They Are From the 70s Using Photoshop


Fashion and hair styles aside, snapshots from the Seventies are often recognizable by their faded colors that are often slightly "off," manifesting too much blue, yellow, or other colors due to the technology of the times and how the photos aged accordingly. Using Photoshop you can apply a series of adjustment filters to achieve this Vintage same look. First, reduce the color saturation, then add a warming filter, then add some yellow and blue or orange and purple, in order to make a modern digital image look like it was taken sometime in the Seventies.

  • Open Photoshop. Click the “File” menu and select “Open.” Navigate to your photo and click the “Open” button.

  • Add a “Hue/Saturation” layer to the image by clicking the “Layer” menu and selecting it from the “New Adjustment Layer” options. Click “OK.”

  • Locate the “Adjustment Layer Panel.” If you can’t see it, click the “Window” menu, then click “Adjustment.” Type “-30” in the “Saturation” field.

  • Add a “Photofilter” layer by selecting it from the “New Adjustment Layer” options in the “Layer” menu. Click “OK.”

  • Click the “Filter” menu in the Adjustments Panel and select “Warming Filter (85)”. Type “40” in the “Density” field. Put a check beside the “Preserve Luminosity” option by clicking the box if it is not already checked.

  • Add a “Gradient Map” layer, also found in the “New Adjustment Layer” options of the “Layer” menu. Type “20” in the “Opacity” field to make this layer 80 percent transparent. Click “OK.”

  • Click the “Gradient Bar” in the Adjustments Panel. The Gradient Editor opens. Click the “Blue Yellow Blue” icon in the “Presets” section of the Gradient Editor. Click “OK.”

  • Examine the photo. Click the “Zoom” menu at the bottom of the window to zoom in and out as needed.

  • Click each layer in the “Layers” menu to make changes to the effects that have been applied by changing the settings in the Adjustment Panel. You can change the opacity of the “Gradient Map 1” layer by selecting the layer and clicking the “Opacity” menu at the top of the Layers Panel.

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