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How to Add Faded Film Look in Photoshop

How to Add Faded Film Look to Your Images in Photoshop

by Waseem Abbas on Mar 9, 2016

Do you want to add the faded film look to your photos? Sometimes a faded, matte effect can make your images look sophisticated and modern. In this article, we will show you how to add a faded film look to your images in Photoshop.

Adding the Faded Film Look to Images

First thing you need to do is open your image in Photoshop.

Now, select the Adjustment Layer icon from the bottom right corner of your screen (it looks like a half-filled circle) and select “Curves…”.

Add Curves Adjustment Layer

In the Curves settings, you’ll need the handles on the curve so that it looks like this image below:

Adjust Curves

After you’ve adjusted the curves, go ahead and add a hue/saturation adjustment layer by clicking again on the Adjustment Layer icon and selecting “Hue/Saturation…”.

Add Hue Saturation

You should leave all the settings as-is, and set the Saturation to somewhere around -40 to give a nicely muted look.

Adjust Saturation

Next, you can simply add another adjustment layer for the brightness/contrast (select the Adjustment Layer icon again and click on “Brightness/Contrast…”).

Add Brightness Contrast

You do not need to change the Brightness, leave it as-is. Just set the Contrast to about -15 to really fade the image out.

Adjust Brightness Contrast

If you aren’t quite satisfied with the color of your image yet, you can create a gradient adjustment layer by clicking on the Adjustment Layer icon and selecting “Gradient Map…”.

Add Gradient Map

This is a bit of a tricky setting. You’ll have to double click on the gradient itself, so it will open up the Gradient Editor. We chose a blue to white gradient in order to take down some of the warmth from our original photo.

Adjust Gradient Map

Now go ahead and reduce the opacity of this adjustment layer, so the end result is just a subtle tint. For our photo, we reduced the opacity all the way down to 10%.

Reduce Opacity

That’s all. See this before and after image below.

Faded Film Look Before and After

Keep in mind, you may need to adjust your settings a bit for your particular image in order to achieve the best faded look. Use your eye and trust your judgement when following the steps above.

We hope this article has helped you to learn how to add faded film look to your images in Photoshop. You may also want to check out our guide on how to add an old film effect to your images in Photoshop.

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