Tip: Sometimes giving photos an aged look can save an otherwise not-so-great photo. This is a great technique for a blurry photo that you still want to use.
Age your photos using Photoshop Elements
1. Open your photo and go to File > Duplicate. Close the original.
2. Make your photo black and white using your favorite method. I used Enhance > Convert to Black and White.
3. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Photo Filter. Click OK. The default photo filter is Warming Filter (85) and the default density is 25%. However, for that “olde-tyme” look, use the drop-down arrow and click on sepia. Slide the density all the way to 100%.
For an even easier and more authentic aged look, there are many wonderful styles and actions in the Scrap Girls Boutique to do the work for you. Here are some examples that I used in my sample greeting cards.
Several ScrapSimple papers also have shabby-looking textures that can add a worn look to a new photo. For example, I used ScrapSimple Paper Textured Creases on the photos below. Once you’ve got your aged photos, just think what creative ways you can use them! Here, I used the Family Ties Collection and my newly “old” photos to make fun birthday cards.