5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 13, 2015 4:42 AM by trshaner

    how to create a nostalgic look

    Kai Hadlock

      I am studying to get my BS in Digital Photography and i would like to know how you would go about achieving a nostalgic or vintage look for  photograph. Editing techniques and tips are certainly what I am here to learn about. Thanks!

        • 1. Re: how to create a nostalgic look
          ManiacJoe Adobe Community Professional

          Before going too far, it would probably be a good idea to define "nostalgic look".

          • 2. Re: how to create a nostalgic look
            Chuck Uebele Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            As ManiacJoe mentioned, it depends upon what nostalgic look you want. Most are done with curves: flattening or washing out highlights, and bring up the deep blacks to show signs of fading (B&W & color). For color, there is the cross processing, which seems to be popular, but to me just reminds me of either bad processing or faded prints - worked too long in a photo lab correcting bad color. With this, the separate RGB curves are shifted to give (usually) blue shadows and yellow highlights, but it can be most any color combination. This can be done with the curves in LR's development module.

            • 3. Re: how to create a nostalgic look
              Kai Hadlock Level 1

              A nostalgic or vintage look in my mind is an image that has some of these aspects: weathered, worn, warm tones, light or airy. Many of these types of images have sun flares photo-shopped in, or there may be dandelion seeds floating in the air. In North American cinematography if the main character has a memory and the film itself covers the flashback, it is usually shown as having some of the aforementioned aspects. Sometimes the stream of scenes is hazy or warm in hue. Does this make it more clear what I'm hinting at? Nostalgic was not originally defined because I was hoping that it meant something fairly general for most artists on this forum and that because of my ambiguity, would be left to personal interpretation. When I think of "nostalgic" the phrase "memory in the mind's eye" comes to mind. Goodness I hope this will prove profitable. I really do want to know what you guys think!

              • 4. Re: how to create a nostalgic look
                Chuck Uebele Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                A lot of what you just mentioned can only be done in Photoshop.LR isn't too good about adding effects like lens flare. The stuff you mentioned would be the application of photoshop filters to change the color of an image - warming filters. Or it could be done with solid fill layers with the opacity and blend modes adjusted. From what you mentioned, I would also imagine a reduction in contrast, so you don't have heavy blacks - done with curves.

                • 5. Re: how to create a nostalgic look
                  trshaner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  Copy & Paste the below search string into Google:


                  lightroom vintage OR nostalagia


                  About 913,000 results


                  You add additional words to narrow the search, such as dreamy:


                  lightroom dreamy vintage OR nostalgia


                  About 71,900 results


                  Keep in mind that Lightroom Presets are simply Develop module settings saved as a Develop preset. You can make your own.