Retro Christmas Kitten with Sepia Tone and colorization plus snowflake pattern layer. The original image is shown below: IMG_3395 cute kitten with a bright green background, which is adorable in itself. However for those that may want to achieve a more natural, retro, style, this can be easily achieved by simply tweaking a few buttons and using masks with painting in Photoshop. Here is a short, quick tutorial on how to accomplish this. There are many ways to achieve this look, this is just one of them. This tutorial assumes knowledge of CS6 working with layer masks.
Image 1: the original image – First open the image in psd, duplicate the layer, creating a copy. Go to Layer menu- new adjustment layer-Hue/Saturation. Click OK. In Hue/saturation properties box, click preset to SEPIA. The entire image will change to Sepia tone. Click the large white box in the hue/saturation layer (mask), click paintbrush tool and use black paint brush to color. Change brush settings opacity to 30 and flow to 50. Using a soft brush, change the size as needed to paint the color back in the image. In my image I chose to paint in the eyes, and the gift box. AS you paint you will see that the more you paint the same spot the brighter the colors come in. To keep the retro look, do not repeat paint the same area over and over. Try to keep the color consistent overall. If you have painted too much, switch the paint brush to white and erase any errors. Image 2 is the result.
Image 3: This is very simple and similar to what we just did. Open Image 2, go to layer menu- choose new fill layer- choose pattern. Choose a black/gray/white pattern for your background click ok. All you will be able to see is the pattern on top of your image. (If the pattern you choose has color in it, you will have to desaturate the color from the pattern using a clipping mask and a new adjustment layer – Hue/Saturation.) Change the pattern mode to soft light. Now you will see your image again with the pattern on top. Click the large white box next to your pattern fill layer (mask) and using a soft black brush paint the pattern off of your subject, keeping it in the background only. Congratulations you have arrived at Image 3!