Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

April 29th, 2013 by admin Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Photo Editing, Special Effects, Textures & Patterns

   

In this tutorial, we’ll use channel mixing, blending modes and opacity techniques to create a retro-inspired look on an image using Adobe Photoshop CS5, for this masterclass, you’ll need a stock photo of a suitably retro model, plus a fabric texture. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop CS5 with the size 1000px by 1500px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch.

Find a stock photo with a red fabric texture and insert it on our main document, or if you prefer, you can substitute similar image of your own.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Hue/Saturation. Drag the slider to the left to decrease the Saturation of the color range.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

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.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and set Fill to 0% for this layer, click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush from Brush tool (B).

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint the canvas. The bottom part of the canvas will be painted with white color (brush’s Opacity – 10%), but at the boundary of color transition between the green and violet colors, apply black color (brush’s Opacity – 10%).

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 16% for this layer and set the Blending mode to Linear Light.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

On the next new layer we’ll use the Soft Round brush mentioned above to paint the canvas on the left and right sides. The brush’s color is #50675A (brush’s Opacity – 15%)

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Color.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and fill it with white color, applying the Paint Bucket Tool (G). Then insert the mask on the layer by clicking on the bottom part of the Layers panel on Add layer mask. Apply on the mask the next filter: Filter > Render > Clouds.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Overlay.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Find a stock photo with a model represented on it, I used this vintage pin-up woman listening to the music from Shutterstock. I would like to thank the author of this photo, or if you prefer, you can substitute similar image of your own.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Remove the background using your favorite tools like Pen Tool (P), Magic Wand Tool (W), Magnetic Lasso (L) or even a simple Filter>Extract and insert it on a new layer in our main document.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush of black color to draw the legs’ shadow (brush’s Opacity – 30%). The layer will be situated under the woman’s one. Then select the Smudge Tool to smudge the shadow on the left side.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Hue/Saturation. Drag the slider to the left to decrease the Saturation of the color range.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and the woman’s layer in the Layers panel to create a clipping mask.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill it with #2E2D2A color.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between layers in the Layers panel to create a clipping mask.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 40% for this layer and set the Blending mode to Vivid Light.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush of black color (brush’s Opacity – 20%).

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to represent the shadows on the woman’s body:

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between layers in the Layers panel to create a clipping mask.

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Give photos a retro-inspired look using Adobe Photoshop CS5

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  • Gaurav

    17/10/2013

    Creative….