Well it's been a few weeks since my last post where I did a speedart clip. As it's been a while I wanted to keep in touch and share something that hopefully you'll find useful. So sticking with the 70s theme I've created some actions for Adobe Photoshop to quickly add that vintage look to your images. They are completely free to use and share.
You can download the actions here: Photoshop Actions_70s Vintage
using the actions
There are three actions in this pack, each will add a different colour accent to your image. Simply extract the action file to a location on your computer, double click to open (it should fire up Photoshop) and the folder 'uk.loganfox.vintage' will appear in the actions pane. Select one of the three actions and click the play symbol to run.
The first prompt will allow you to adjust the Gaussian blur if the default isn't to your liking. In my examples the images I used were high resolution, so the default values are just what I found worked best for these images. The second prompt is for the noise level that will be added. Again, just go with the default or adjust to a threshold that you like.
Once the action has finished running there are four layers which you can tweak. They are the gradient map, curve adjustment, solid colour and hue/saturation layers. The blue action has one extra which I've labelled the 'white wash' layer to help brighten up the image. The border thickness can be changed by double clicking the layer named 'border' to access the style properties. From there just adjust the size of the internal shadow.
Below are some examples I've put together to give you a feel of what can be achieved. I generally try to take away the tack sharpness of an image, crush the blacks and desaturate the image. Just play around with the actions and see what you can create.
If you liked this post then why not check out my tutorial on creating a 70s vintage style photo.