The Gimp - Give a vintage touch to your photos

October 2016

There are several methods and effects to give a vintage touch to your photos. In this tip you will learn how to make a photo look old and damaged (by time and handling), by overlaying a texture, using the Gimp.

Choosing the texture

The choice of texture is important, e.g old walls, rocks will fit perfectly: effects of time and natural texture .
It is best to locate an old/damage wall and take a picture.

Black and white mode

  • Open the image you want to modify under Gimp.
  • Then go to File > Open as layer > Open the photo of your old wall.
  • Set each layer in black and white to give the vintage effect. Add a slight sepia tone at the end to finalize your work.

To switch to black and white mode, we will saturate each layer. To do this, select your layer, then go to Colors > Hue - Saturation > Lower the saturation to -100 %.

Overlay texture

  • The goal is to make a blend between our original image and the picture of the damaged wall.
  • Select your layer representing the damaged wall and go to "Overlay ". Note that: the more the image is bright, the less the texture is visible.
  • If you want the effect to be more visible , simply increase the opacity of the wall.
  • You can also adjust the texture, changing the contrast : Colors > Brightness / Contrast > increase contrast.
  • The two layers are now blended, simply adjust the opacity of the texture layer to your convenience.

Add a sepia effect

  • Select the texture layer (wall), go to Color > Color image.
  • For a sepia tint:
    • Tint = 31
    • Saturation = 32
    • Brightness = 3

Customize your effect

  • All these settings (texture, opacity , sepia tint) can be adjusted to meet your requirements.

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