While there are as many different ways to accomplishing a vintage look using Photoshop, I like this method due to being able to control the look fully, by using layers and the brush tool. This is an incredibly quick and easy tutorial, it uses a few things that have been talked about here as well (linked for ease).
Here are the three images used (right click, save):
1.) Load your images in Photoshop
I’m using two different paper images. While, you can just as easily use one- I really like the ‘clean’ look of the one to the right, plus the more destroyed look is great as well for a bit more dimension to the finished image.
2.) Define your brushes(to see a full tutorial on how to do this, click here:Creating a Pattern in Photoshop while it is the pattern tutorial, it’s also applicable for brushes).
Here’s the ‘define brush’ tool (it’s location: Edit > Define Brush ). While you could easily only pick and choose an area that you prefer, this is shown using the whole image. Repeat this with the other image as well.
3.) Put each new brush on it’s own layer.
Only one layer is started right now. Simply make the brush larger to fit the image, and click (the brush will look faded).
A darker brown color suits the vintage look best.
4.) Toy with your layers until you have it just how you like it (similar to the zombie doll tutorial).
Note in the image above the two different layers and flipped image.
Each brush is in it’s own layer so it is easier to toy with the overall look, and the image is flipped because I’m lazy and don’t really feel like playing with the brush options (at least I’m honest).