Make any image look edgy with a high contrast, washed out, antique type adjustments.
- Open any image. Duplicate this background layer: drag background to the icon that looks like a page with the corner turned up (above in Elements 11, below in PSE8), right click and select duplicate layer, or Ctrl J on the keyboard.
- While on the duplicate layer, >Enhance >Convert to Black and White; in the dialog box to the left select the >Newspaper >OK
- Again duplicate the layer. You don’t have to do this but it you want to make adjustments to go back and adjust anything, it makes it easier to adapt.
- To further exaggerate the contrast >Enhance >Unsharp Mash. Type these numbers into the boxes and press OK: 100 Amount, 250 Radius, 0 Threshold; Or move the sliders. Once you move the slider, it will then give you a box that you can type the number into.
- Add a slight vignette. Here’s an additional way: While on the top layer press these four at the same time: Ctrl-Alt_Shift-E (Mac Command-Options-Shift-E) to merge the layers. Using a soft, round brush about 300, or adjust to your image to brush around the edges. On the Options Menu: 50% Midtones, 50% Exposure. Then use the Opacity on this merged layer to make it more subtle, if needed.