Intro

Is there something about the main image on the right that seems, well, not quite right? 

It does indeed feature a major temporal paradox worthy of Dr Who: despite its 1950s feel, nestling at the centre of the photo is an iPhone. It sits snugly in one of a new series of iPhone cases by accessory maker Proporta, designed in collaboration with vintage clothing brand Lalita.

The Photoshop workflow to attain that antique look was devised by Proporta product designer Graham Boyd, who also shot the photo. The steps he outlines here will allow you to use subtle effects to create an effective image, he says – and smart use of a series of techniques and layers should deliver results quickly and reliably. 

As Graham says, it adds a new dimension to digital photography.

Time to complete

20 minutes

Software

Photoshop CS4 or later