How to transform color digital images into classic-style images using Photoshop

I needed for a bigger project to make some simple design using Photoshop and having limited PS skills I searched over the Internet and reached Mr. Pazu’s article from Instructables website. I started to use his tutorial and succed to complete the small logo I needed to do :D. The tehnique is far more better than just simply convert it to black&white.
Here are the results over an image representing my grandmother.

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Normal color
Normal Black&White
Step-by-step Black&White


In great lines here is what you need to do :

  • Open the desired image with photoshop
  • Image > Adjustment > Hue/Saturation, in that window set Saturation to minimum (-100)
  • Image > Adjustment > Levels, there set Black and White points to darkest, lightest color from your image
  • Filter > Noise > Add Noise , set the desired level, check Monochromatic and then click Ok.
  • Select > All (or press ALT+A )
  • Select > Modify > Border , set it to the size you want to make the border
  • Select > Feather , put the same value as above or smaller!
  • Image > Adjustment > Curves
  • Save the new file

If you need screenshots then please visit the original tutorial website.
HTH

2 comments on “How to transform color digital images into classic-style images using Photoshop

  1. I’m the Pazu who wrote this little Photoshop tutorial, I’m happy that you like it and I’m particularly thrilled that you made it into action too.

    Your finished image of your grandma is perfect, except for one thing, the “noise” setting was color. I think you may have already noticed that the finished image seemed to have some little colored dots around.

    Sorry that I forgot to mention one step, that when you Add Noise, it is important to check “Monochromatic”.

    I’ve updated the tutorial step 7, please check it here:

    http://www.instructables.com/id/EYJQO8E8UJEQHOA3VW/

    For your image, if you don’t want to re-do all the steps again, you can just repeat Image > Adjustment > Hue/Saturation, in that window set Saturation to minimum (-100).

    Hope this help.

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