Vintage Photograph Tutorial

Hello, my friends! I’m back, filled with gratitude for your support and bearing the promised tutorial for the vintage-style, digital hand-tinting technique that you saw in this post. It aims to recreate the look and mood of late 19th century and early 20th century hand-tinted or hand-painted photographs. Above and below are more examples of this effect.

Although this works well with florals, it can also be very effective with landscape or interior images, as in the below scene I photographed at Versailles in May.

The tutorial is written for Photoshop but the steps will apply to any imaging program you have that supports the use of layers. And believe me when I say it is so simple! I’m eager for you to try it and look forward to seeing the results. It is in PDF format and you can download it here. I suggest downloading it and saving to your desktop, then opening in Acrobat Reader. (Please let me know if you find it clear to understand or if it needs some adjustment.)

Autumn has well and truly arrived here in the Pacific Northwest – the trees flaunt their brilliant garments, logs have been brought in for the fire, the first batches of applesauce have been made and we are enjoying fresh juice from the bumper crop of apples from our own sweet crabapple tree. I always cast a wistful glance back at the much-loved, rose-laden days of summer but am continually learning to embrace and welcome each season, whether of a year or of life.

As always, your visits and kind words are very much cherished.

May your weekend be filled with abundance and joy!

much love,



  • Thank you for this precious tutorial! Your photos are so magic!
    Best wishes to your family.


    October 26, 2012
  • Fantastic! Will have to look into it. I’ve done something like this on photos before (though they didn’t end up looking this lovely) and am interested to see what technique you use. These images are just beautiful!

    Enjoy the lovely part of Autumn – we’re now battling with the horrible part of it, i.e. fog & rain :-(

    Have a great weekend xo

    October 26, 2012
  • Annette

    Beautiful work, lovely lady. Thank you for sharing the recipe! Love, love, LOVE the photo of the person in a white dress holding the bouquet by her side. Such a beautiful vision! You are SO talented! Hugs, Annette

    October 26, 2012
  • Lavender Cottage

    Awesome photos G. I’d love to run my hands over all that intricate door and wall details in the last photo.

    October 26, 2012
  • I am late at sending my wishes, but i too saw a rainbow you can see in my previous blog post, i send it to you and your brother for quick healing. Love these photos, can’t wait to try it out. Catherine xx

    October 26, 2012
  • Lovely and gorgeous as always! I’ve done this sort of a technique…but am off to view your PDF and see if I’ve done it the same way as the master here!
    xoxo, Janet

    October 26, 2012
  • Oh my goodness, thank you so much for sharing your technique!! I can’t wait to try it. I don’t know how it will work for my nature photography, but I’m going to give it a try. These photos look incredible! Love your work. Thank you so much for the download!

    October 26, 2012
  • Beautiful, Georgianna! What a great effect!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    October 26, 2012
  • Thank you for sharing! I’m excited to play around with the vintage look in my photographs! Love all the images you put up, they are always so very gorgeous!

    October 26, 2012
  • your photos are stunning as ever. I keep thinking I need to surround myself with some but then I look at hour shop and I cannot chose. Maybe someday I will because they are all stunning. Thanks for the tutorial -I’m a novice at PSE and trying to learn more.

    October 26, 2012
  • Meraviglioso effetto!

    October 26, 2012
  • Thank you so much for the tutorial – I will download it with pleasure! As always, your photos are a delight to the eyes…

    October 26, 2012
  • Thank you for this tutorial. These images are so very beautiful. They fill me with joy on a day that is dull here.
    Love to you my friend. xo

    October 26, 2012
  • Dear Georgianna, Wow, I love this vintage effect on your photos. Thank you for brightening up my day!! How generous of you to share the technique with everyone!! I have downloaded it and must give it a try. Thanks again and have a lovely weekend!!!! xoxo

    October 27, 2012
  • Beautiful pictures Georgianna! Love how the colours of the bouquets and the purple couch come out so beautifully while the rest of the picture stays neutral. I will have a look at your tutorial. Hope it makes me a bit wiser ;-) Thanks!

    October 27, 2012
  • Beautiful photos and I look forward to trying this technique. Thank you so much for making the tutorial.

    FlowerLady Lorraine

    October 27, 2012
  • Well it looks like you have been having some fun playing with photoshop. Your photos are gorgeous.


    October 27, 2012
  • Hiii Georgianna!
    OH it was SO nice of you to visit at the Cottage yesterday! Thank you for stopping in to say hello! I hope you are well, and I hope your brother is in tip top health again very soon. :)
    I’m SO excited to see your tutorial here! AND that you are promoting Shadowhouse layers – he is such an unsung hero, in my mind. Your combined creative forces are a BIT overwhelming for me though – as you know I always swwooon over your photos… I will take a breath, (where’s my smelling salts?)
    and enjoy playing in your new tutorial.

    Much love and thanks dear Georgianna!

    October 27, 2012
  • beautiful work …

    October 27, 2012
  • These are just beautiful, Georgianna!
    Can’t wait to try this.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    I hope your brother is continuing to do well.

    October 27, 2012
  • Thank you sooooo much!
    Seems very straightforward & clearly illustrated. Can’t wait to try it!!

    October 27, 2012
  • Hi Georgianna,

    I am so glad that you are back. I hope all is well, I missed you. Thank you for posting this, I love learning new techniques and you know how much I love your photography.

    Wishing you a beautiful day.


    October 28, 2012
  • Thank you for the tutorial G! It will give me something fun to do while I nurse myself back to health. :)
    I wish I could have some pretty peonies to shoot, but I will make do with what I can…

    October 28, 2012
  • Wow, what beautiful photos!!! ♥♥♥


    October 28, 2012
  • Ritva from Finland

    Thank you for the tutorial…
    Your photos are so amazing – once more! I love your photos so much.

    I hope you have a nice week… thinking of you.


    October 29, 2012
  • These photos are so gorgeous! Love the colors. Thank you for the tutorial.

    Have a wonderful week, dear Georgianna! xo

    October 29, 2012
  • A Garden of Threads

    Beautiful shots. Thank you for sharing this tutorial, I can’t wait to try it. Hope you are well.

    October 30, 2012
  • Your photos are even more stunning when viewed for the third of fourth time….
    If I had Photoshop I would be looking into your generous offer.


    October 31, 2012
  • Hi Georgianna!

    Hope you are doing well?

    Definitely going to try this, thanks so much for sharing this with us!
    Also, thank you for your lovely comments on my blog.

    October 31, 2012
  • Thank you so much for the tutorial, I will download it and see if it works with PSE9 too. :)
    Your photos are always a joy for the eyes, you are so talented!
    Hope you brother is getting better.
    A big hug!

    October 31, 2012
  • It is lovely to be back catching up with your posts after my extended absence.

    October 31, 2012
  • Beautiful work G! :) Love the first two flower photos as well as the interior. Thank you for your sweet welcome home. We had a wonderful time in Rome. It was my first time in the city but I’d love to go back again soon. Happy Halloween! xoxo

    October 31, 2012
  • What a lucky bride to have you as her photographer.

    October 31, 2012
  • thank you for sharing!
    I love the so vintage pics…

    October 31, 2012
  • Adore these vintage pics Georgianna I particularly like the effect on the interiors gives such a soft dreamy image.
    Carla x

    November 1, 2012
  • tina

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the third pic!! Been wanting to do this type of shot – will explain in an email soon!! I downloaded the tutorial – thanks so much for the tips!! Oh, your D is the sweetest – but you know that! Can’t wait to read his new book – looks INCREDIBLE!! No surprise there!

    November 1, 2012
  • I adore these photos Georgianna, they are so sophisticated, elegant and charming ! I love how you let the rosy cheeks of the bride peek through and it is perfect with the Versailles image. Very lovely. You can be sure I’ll try this, I have the perfect photo for this. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial.

    November 1, 2012
  • G ~ these are lovely! I admire this soft, nostalgic look. Thanks much for sharing your knowledge.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
    xo A

    November 2, 2012
  • Thank you so, so much!
    – Sylvi

    November 2, 2012
  • Elegant, classic beauty.

    November 2, 2012
  • Dear Georgianna ,your photos are always a dream for the eyes, you are so talented and I’m so happy to meet you in the web and happy to read that many my readers comm here in your nice blog! Hugs for you and hope all is well! ciao monica

    November 5, 2012
  • Karen

    Thank you so much for sharing- your work is so beautiful and inspirational.

    November 5, 2012
  • This technique is so fantastic, and I can’t wait to try it! I have to learn a little more about Photoshop first, but I’ll get to it soon….Thank you so much!

    November 7, 2012
  • Another great post:) love it. You are a true TALANT.

    If you want some kitchen inspiration..check out my new post:)

    have a great day dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis

    November 7, 2012
  • i love trying to make my photographs look more vintage!! i wish i had time to sit down and read some tutorials like this one! miss u g!! hope you are well!

    Sandy a la Mode

    November 8, 2012
  • Thank you for sharing the hand painted vintage tutorial.

    I will read up and give it a whirl. Louisiana Belle did a fine job.

    November 12, 2012
  • Thank you for this tutorial! :) You can see my interpretation of the tutorial in my blog right now.

    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs Linnea

    November 13, 2012

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