I have found a couple of Photoshop effects that I plan to use in my digital scrapbooking over and over again, because they are just so cool. The first is a way to give your photos an old fashioned film look. Thanks to Ebin at http://ebin.wordpress.com/2007/03/21/how-to-turn-your-photo-into-movie-like-effect-using-photoshop/
Here are my before and after shots:
Here is another great one to give your pictures a vintage hand-tinted look.
1. Open your photo. In the layers palette, right-click on the layer name and choose Duplicate layer from the flyout menu. At the top of the layers palette, choose Soft Light blending mode from the dropdown box. Click the eyeball icon next to your background layer in the layers palette to hide it.
2. Right click on the new layer in the layers palette (I had to just right click on my open photo) and choose Duplicate layer from the flyout menu. Target the middle layer and go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. Right click on this black and white layer and choose Duplicate layer. Repeat this duplication one more time. You should now have 1 top color layer, 3 middle black and white layers, and 1 bottom, hidden layer.
3. Target the second layer in the layers palette. At the top of the layers palette, choose Screen blending mode. With this second layer still targeted, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. In the Gaussian Blur dialog box, set the blur to 10 pixels. Click ok. (optional: To enhance the dreamy effect a little more, target the third layer and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the blur to 8 pixels.)
Here is the before photo:
And the after photo:
And there you have it!