Aging image effect
Not sure for what you might ever
want to use this but I was asked to demonstrate how to age an image. Now first of all this does not suit all images. Anything in the picture that gives away the fact that it has been taken today i.e the newest Ferrari... will give the effect away. It works well for landscapes.
1. Open image and duplicate the background
2. Go to channels and click them one by one through. You are looking for the one which gives the least
clarity- quite often that's the red one. Make sure you select that one by highlighting it in blue- just click on it (the image will turn black and white) and just click on "layers"
3. Make an adjustment layer "hue/saturation" > click colorize and create a sepia effect (good start is hue: around 50; saturation around 25)
4. hold down ALT/Option and click the "create a new layer" button at the bottom of the layers palette; don't click O.K. yet! Set Mode to "overlay" and tick below that: "Fill with Overlay-neutral colour (50% gray)" > now click O.K.
5. Filter > noise > add noise > gaussian > tick monochromatic > choose a pretty high amount somewhere around 20-40%
6. Filter > blur > gaussian blur > 1 pixel
7. Add a level adjustment layer and pull both sliders (the black and the white one) inwards over
the edge of the histogram AND move the black OUTput sldier to the right to about 20
8. Click the original copy of the background layer and add a slight gaussian blur
9. Add another levels layer and this time drag the midtone slider to the left to lighten the image
10. Click on the layer mask of this levels adjustment layer > choose the gradient tool (make sure it is set from black to white by firstly clicking D on your keyboard) > now draw a gradient to simulate fading
11. When happy > flatten the image > choose the elliptical marquee tool and draw a circle nearly over the whole image > click Q > filter > blur > gaussian blur > drag the radius to the right- approx. 50 pixels and watch your quick mask softening at the edges > click O.K. > click Q again and you have a softened marquee > select > inverse > image > adjustments > levels > drag the sliders so that the outside of your marquee gets darker/ or lighter depending on your taste.
That should do the trick!