Intro

Here you’ll learn how to use photos to create surreal montages that have that authentic washed-out vintage look. You can download and work on the photos Tim Green has used – links are given in the steps below – or you can adapt the steps to suit any set of summery photos that could evoke a bygone era.

If you choose your own shots, it’s not important to ensure they have a vintage appearance. In fact, it’s probably better if they don’t, as we want a consistent retro look that is best applied in Photoshop. What matters more is to ensure that the photos do not contain clothes, hairstyles, architecture or other elements that are obviously recent.

Once you have the right images, it doesn’t take long to blend them and use adjustment layers to get that old-fashioned colour cast, as Tim shows.

Time to Complete

2 - 3 hours

Software

Adobe Photoshop CS4 or later