Photoshop CS3 Tutorial - how to trick out digital photos using the Match Color feature
Here's a quick Photoshop technique I use to trick out an ordinary digital photo. If you are not familiar with the Match Color feature, it is located under the Image drop down menu (using Photoshop CS3: Image » Adjustments » Match Color). In order to match the color temperature of the "ordinary" photo you need to also open a file that contains the color temperature you desire (NOTE: The image on the left of the screen capture is the original, "ordinary" photo and the "source" image is displayed as a thumbnail in the Match Color window.).
The original photo has now been "matched" [see below image] to the source photo with the Match Color default settings (Luminance = 200, Color Intensity = 100, Fade = 0, Neutralize deselected).
Adjusting the Color Intensity setting to 40 provides a sepia antique feel to the original photo.
Adjusting the Fade setting to 50 lightens the photo. At this point, I play with the Color Intensity and Fade settings until it feels right to me. It is hard for me to explain. The previous settings were too muddy for my taste.
Since I am going for a rich antique faux black and white style, I end up with the following settings in Match Color: Luminance = 200, Color Intensity = 10, Fade = 100, Neutralize deselected.
A faux pinhole effect completes the photo below.