How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration

Select the Soft Round brush of the same color and Opacity of 30%.

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Use this brush several times on the bottom part of the canvas, creating a green nuance.

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Choose now the Flat Blunt Short Stiff brush of the color #262a23, Opacity – 30%.

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Apply it several times on a new layer, getting a line, like the next one shown below:

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Now change the brush’s color on #abb03f and insert on new layer yellow brushstrokes, changing after that the Blending mode to Vivid Light for this layer.

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Now represent a kind of layer like the one we’ve represented at the beginning of the lesson, using also the Noise filter.

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Choose for it the Blending mode to Difference.

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Create one more new layer and fill it with the color shown below:

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Change the Blending mode to Overlay for this layer.

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Next we have to create one more new layer and fill it with the next color:

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Change the Blending mode to Exclusion.

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel.

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Select Curves to adjust the curve shape as shown to make a little color corrections.

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Finally we’ll get:

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Click the Horizontal Type tool (T). Select a font, size and color in the Character panel. (I have used Mod font from dafont)

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Click in the image and type Retro and Life words. Press Enter to apply the text. Change the Blending Mode to Pin Light.

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Inner Shadow:

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
The text gets a kind of edging.

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Make a copy of the layer with the Life text and rasterize it by clicking on the right mouse’s button selecting Rasterize Type. Choose on the copy the next flter: Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur with the same settings as on the next picture:

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
Put this layer under the Life text’s layer:

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
On the final stage we have to make one more new adjustment layer. Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Curves to adjust the curve shape as shown to make a little color corrections.

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration
The final result!

View full size here.

Download free Layered PSD file.

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