Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > How to get the vintage 70s movie look?

Retoucher

Alejandro Crespo

Posts: 111

Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

I was watching an old movie the other day, and just fall inlove of the colors of some of the scenes. Tried to replicate them a couple of hours without success (tried curves, color balance, gradient map and nothing, I can get a littlebit close but cant get it hmm). So I decided to ask people with more experience for some kind of advice...
As far as I can see, the blues and green are busted up, some desaturation and no true black... but even so, it was impossible for me to replicate this -.-

http://imageshack.us/a/img543/4372/30587466.jpg


http://imageshack.us/a/img201/9608/82253834.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img94/4526/22230675.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img198/6239/69253083.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img267/4171/57181995.jpg


Any idea? smile
Thanks

Jan 27 13 09:46 am Link

Photographer

Michael Broughton

Posts: 2244

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

for starters, use vintage lenses.

Jan 27 13 10:03 am Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Alejandro Crespo wrote:
Tried to replicate them a couple of hours without success

I'd like to see an image you started with.

Jan 27 13 10:17 am Link

Photographer

PocketChangeProductions

Posts: 87

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, US

Not knowing what editing suite you're using: In the current version of Paint Shop Pro there is a an effect called "time machine" that changes to simulate results from older photography eras. There could be something analogous in other editors.

Jan 27 13 11:06 am Link

Retoucher

Alejandro Crespo

Posts: 111

Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Im using PS CS6, no scripts/plugins. Was experimenting with this pic:

http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/3867/dsc0248poa.jpg

I'd never tried to change a picture colors so drastically, so I really cant figure out what logic to use here hmm.

PocketChange, thanks for the advice, but I wanna achieve the effect manually smile

Jan 27 13 03:50 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Alejandro Crespo wrote:
I'd never tried to change a picture colors so drastically, so I really cant figure out what logic to use here hmm.

Which of the five target images are you trying to emulate? They're all different, and in any case I think the color changes will be more subtle than drastic. Also, note that the lighting in this image is different from any of the target images, and that's an important variable.

Jan 27 13 04:37 pm Link

Photographer

Thyronne

Posts: 1355

Huntington Beach, California, US

exposure 4 or nik color among other 3rd party plugins?

Jan 27 13 04:45 pm Link

Retoucher

Joann Empson

Posts: 430

Walnut Creek, California, US

I thought I'd try my hand at messing with the hues and saturation.

http://i.imgur.com/jtX50MU.jpg

Jan 27 13 05:14 pm Link

Photographer

CDP Photo

Posts: 2096

Brooklyn, New York, US

Wait, this could be easier than you think! Color slide film...and the right wardrobe and hair styles.

Oops...sorry I did not notice I was reading in the Digital Art and Retouching forum. Never mind.

Jan 27 13 05:20 pm Link

Photographer

Halcyon 7174 NYC

Posts: 20109

New York, New York, US

Play with individual color channels, as well as the recovery feature in Adobe Camera Raw through Adobe Bridge.

I think I got close to what you're looking for with these settings... Temperature -4, Tint +10, Recovery 55, Fill Light 55, Blacks 15, Brightness +14, Contract +47, Clarity -7, Vibrance +5, Saturation +13

Jan 27 13 06:18 pm Link

Photographer

Imageography

Posts: 6768

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Alien Skin's Exposure 4 has a Kodak 70's film setting which looks somewhat like this (might need to reduce the reds a bit).

Lots of actions out there will do it if you do not want to take the individual steps yourself.

You can also try this free plugin for Photoshop

http://www.optikvervelabs.com/

Jan 27 13 06:37 pm Link

Artist/Painter

JJMiller

Posts: 622

Buffalo, New York, US

If you use Gimp there is a great plugin called fil http://registry.gimp.org/node/24639  They are both free to try out.

Jan 27 13 06:45 pm Link

Retoucher

Alejandro Crespo

Posts: 111

Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Halcyon 7174 NYC wrote:
Play with individual color channels, as well as the recovery feature in Adobe Camera Raw through Adobe Bridge.

I think I got close to what you're looking for with these settings... Temperature -4, Tint +10, Recovery 55, Fill Light 55, Blacks 15, Brightness +14, Contract +47, Clarity -7, Vibrance +5, Saturation +13

Thanks, I got similar results playing playing with curves, color balance and vibrance/hue inside PS, but this way was much faster smile.

Yep I know that the lighting is different, but that was just for experimental purposes, I didnt had any picture similar to the examples I showed here hmm. I suppose that I gonna try some reversal engineering tomorrow (its 1am here) with the samples and try to get an idea about that. What I noted is that:

1.The highlights have some blue and are littlebit dessaturated
2.There is a weak color haze in all the images (yellow/white in the first one and blue/green in the rest)
3.In some areas there are color gradients, like vignettes.
4.Midtones are quite similar in the overall image (skin and cloth), with a lot of yellow and some blue highlights.
5.There isnt a lot of details in the shadows

Thanks for the plugins, but like I said, I do not use them smile. I wanna achieve this look for some photos of mine in the future and dont want to lose the control over the processing.

Jan 27 13 08:35 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

This is pretty subjective. Here's my go at it using curves and selective color adj layers. If it's close to what you're after, let me know and I'll send you the psd file.

http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/6570/movievl.jpg

Jan 28 13 01:43 am Link

Retoucher

NotoriousRetouch

Posts: 32

San Antonio, Texas, US

CDP Photo wrote:
Wait, this could be easier than you think! Color slide film...and the right wardrobe and hair styles.

Oops...sorry I did not notice I was reading in the Digital Art and Retouching forum. Never mind.

lol I was thinking color slide film too!! smile

Jan 31 13 04:06 pm Link

Retoucher

NotoriousRetouch

Posts: 32

San Antonio, Texas, US

here is my try.

http://imageshack.us/a/img267/2739/littleboyq.jpg

Jan 31 13 05:09 pm Link

Retoucher

Joann Empson

Posts: 430

Walnut Creek, California, US

JJMiller wrote:
If you use Gimp there is a great plugin called fil http://registry.gimp.org/node/24639  They are both free to try out.

Hooray! I love you, JJMiller!  smile

Feb 01 13 12:53 am Link