UPDATE: You can download the free CoffeeShop Attic Vintage PS/PSE action now!
Here is the CoffeeShop Tutorial to create the CoffeeShop "Attic Vintage" look. This tutorial also teaches you how to use textures, so even if you don't care for this exact effect, read it just for the texture tutorial!
In a few days I will be posting an action for this treatment. However, you will be responsible for finding your own cool texture!
Open your image. I thought this was cute as is, [...] but I really loved his knobby knees and turned-in frog boots. And the dried manure in the barn was pretty cool too. So I ended up cropping this one.
Cropped and ready to go.
I put this layer into exclusion blending mode set to 25% opacity. Now I have a bit less contrast, a tiny amount of texture, and a nice tone.
Now I want to add my scratchy texture. I love this one from Paul Grand at Flickr: Cool Scratchy Texture . He has many other great free textures and also stunning photography work, so please check him out at Paul Grand at Flickr . For this type of photo enhancement you can use any type of texure you want, but I like the grungy/dirty ones. Check out Flickr for free textures ( I love Ghostbones and Cosi!'s but there are so many other great ones out there.) Also check out Deviantart under resources and textures for additional free textures. There are unlimited amazing ones out there.
Play around with your blending mode and opacity. I loved Hard Light blending mode with this image and I adjusted the opacity to 40%. You can also use multiply, soft light, overlay, vivid light, etc.
I wanted to make this image a bit dark and moody, so I clicked on the background layer, ctrl-J to make a copy, put that new copied layer into multiply blending mode, and reduced the opacity to 90%.
So that is it, the CoffeeShop "Attic Vintage" look. Don't be scared to try different colors in your layers, different blending modes, and different opacity settings. You can make this as unique as you want. I will be writing an adjustable action that does everything above but put in the texture (you will have to add that by hand) and I should have it up in a few days.