Photoshop tutorial: Vintage collage techniques

Step 9
Our background already has a very rich texture, but it also needs some decoration. For this, switch to Illustrator to create the beam effect. Make a straight line, keep the stroke size at 1pt and go to Object > Transform > Rotate. Set the angle to 2.5 degrees and click Copy. Duplicate it until the full circle is complete. Copy the shape to your illustration above to your charcoal-dirtied layer, set the blending mode to Color Burn and the opacity to 44 per cent.

Step 10
Time to get our main subject into the illustration. Open grandma.jpg and cut out the central figures with the Pen tool. Place the image below the old paper texture. As this layer has yellowish tone as well, we need to desaturate our main subject. Select Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturate and set the saturation to -48.

Step 11
The image looks a bit flat, so let’s increase the contrast. Duplicate the layer and select Image > Adjustments > Desaturate (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+U). Set the blending mode to overlay and the opacity to 50 per cent. After you’ve done that, merge both layers.

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